Dollywood Harvest Festival celebrates the vibrant autumn atmosphere

Dollywood Harvest Festival, photo provided by Dollywood
Dollywood Harvest Festival, photo provided by Dollywood /

While Dolly Parton might sing about a coat of many colors, the Dollywood Harvest Festival celebrates nature’s colorful display. Nestled in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, the family inclusive theme park lets the natural beauty captivate guests at every corner. From quiet mornings that highlight the colorful hues to the illuminated nights filled with wonder, the Dollywood Harvest Festival is a must visit.

Stepping into any theme park asks guests to take a break from the daily troubles and immerses themselves into a world filled with possibilities. At the Dollywood Harvest Festival, the theme park lets its majestic location set the tone for the celebration. As the Golden Ticket winner for the Most Beautiful Theme Park, the stunning locale in the middle of the Smoky Mountains allows Dollywood to capitalize on its unique characteristics.

As Dolly Parton, Dollywood’s Dreamer-in-Chief, said “Fall is a special time of year in the Smoky Mountains, because God’s handiwork is on full display for everyone to enjoy when they come to visit.” From the crisp evenings to the fresh mountain air, the location invites families to make memories that will last a lifetime.

The Dollywood Harvest Festival is an all-day event. Through the theme park, the décor features the best of fall. From gigantic pumpkins on display to stunning landscapes, the photo opportunities are around every corner.

While other fall events focus on the frights, Dollywood’s nighttime event is family friendly. The Great Pumpkin LumiNights casts a welcoming glow along around Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and upper Craftsman’s Valley areas. In many ways, those stunning pumpkins invite guests to imagine what it possible. In some ways, that sense of awe is a beacon in the night sky.

In addition to the displays, the Dollywood Harvest Festival features a variety of entertainment options. As the music fills the theme park, guests further appreciate the bounty of Smoky Mountains region.

Of course, any festival is not complete without a cornucopia of delicious food choices. While the iconic cinnamon bread is always a tempting choice, the Dollywood culinary team uses the local harvest as its menu inspiration. From spiced pumpkin bisque to sweet potato poutine, the food is as vibrant as the nature’s fall colors.

And, the flavors of fall are everywhere. From pumpkin spice to apple cider, those comforting fall flavors are everywhere. But, do not miss the opportunity to try the maple pecan and bacon funnel cake. This treat might be the one that lingers in those food memories.

The Dollywood Harvest Festival runs now through October 30. Daily theme park hours are 10 a.m. till 9 p.m. and the theme park is closed on Tuesdays during the festival. For tickets, health and safety measures and more information, please visit

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