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Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights return for 2019

by Brittani Tuttle

Fall fun is back at Dollywood for the park’s Harvest Festival, thanks to the return of Great Pumpkin LumiNights.

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For the event’s third season, Great Pumpkin LumiNights will expand by growing into Wildwood Grove. There, guests will find new harvest-themed experiences, food and merchandise, as well as activities for younger guests.

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival runs Sept. 27 – Nov. 2 (closed on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29) with the park open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Popular pumpkin displays from past years will return, including the pumpkin spider, pumpkin dance party and Dolly-inspired displays. In Wildwood Grove, a new harvest experience will be found at The Wildwood Tree.

The Plaza at Wilderness Pass will be the centerpiece of the event and include an area for character interactions, additional displays, and a 40-foot-tall pumpkin tree featuring larger-than-life carved pumpkins.

“I’m so glad to hear families are just lovin’ Great Pumpkin LumiNights,” said Dolly Parton. “When I was a kid, we’d love to get pumpkins, scoop out all those guys from the inside and carve these beautiful masterpieces – at least us kids thought they were masterpieces! But, it makes me just feel good to know families are able to spend time together exploring during what really is the most beautiful time of year in the Smokies.”

Great Pumpkin LumiNights happens during the evening, but the biggest names in Southern gospel music perform during the day as part of the Southern Gospel Jubilee. Guests can see more than 600 individual Southern gospel performances on stages throughout the park during the festival’s run.

Headlining acts include:

  • The Martins – Sept. 27-28
  • The McKameys – Oct. 4-5
  • Ernie Haase and Signature Sound – Oct. 12-13
  • The Isaacs – Oct. 18-19
  • Karen Peck and New River – Oct. 20-21
  • Gold City – Oct. 27-28

Also during the Harvest Festival, guests can see the work of more than two dozen visiting artisans from across the country as they showcase demonstrations of woodworking, chainsaw carvings, fiddle-making and more.

To learn more about Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, featuring Southern Gospel Jubilee and Great Pumpkin LumiNights, visit Dollywood.com.

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