A New Family Halloween Tradition: Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights!

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If you have visited Dollywood, you know they do the holidays right. This year they’ve added a fantastic new feature to the fall season with the Great Pumpkin LumiNights.

This past weekend a few of us from Knoxville Moms Blog and Chattanooga Moms Blog were able to experience this great new spectacle, and we did not leave disappointed. 

“Fall truly is the most beautiful time of year here in the Smokies,” Dolly Parton explained. “I love coming home to see the amazing masterpiece God has painted across the mountains. Our folks at Dollywood always do a great job of making sure the park looks stunning with those fall colors as a backdrop. This year we’re adding even more fun to the festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and I know families are going to love all those glowing pumpkin displays up through Timber Canyon. I used to love sitting around with my brothers and sisters during the fall carving pumpkins and telling stories. I don’t think ours pumpkins turned out quite the same as these though!”

“Families will bask in the glow of thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins as they wander through immersive harvest-themed displays throughout Dollywood’s Timber Canyon. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together. With so many carved pumpkins needed to create Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood has a number of ‘pumpkin artists’ who will host demonstrations to help guests learn how to produce the perfect pumpkin masterpiece.”

What’s great about the displays is even if you can’t stay until night time due to little ones, they are very neat to see in the day time! 

Great LumiNights

Unique harvest games and attractions—including a glow maze—for kids, a nightly Pumpkin Boogie dance party, and friendly costume characters help add to the festive atmosphere. New themed food options and exclusive harvest-themed Coca-Cola products make Great Pumpkin LumiNights the place to be when the sun goes down in the Smokies.

Also be sure to check out the Southern Gospel Music Event:

Alongside Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood once again hosts the largest Southern gospel music event in America with the biggest names in the genre visiting the Southern Gospel Jubilee. Karen Peck & New River (Oct. 21-22), Guy Penrod (Oct. 23-24), The Isaacs (Oct. 12-13), The McKameys (Oct. 6-7), Gold City (Oct. 2-3) and many more provide inspirational music to fill the autumn air.

If you want to stay late, but you don’t want to drive back home, be sure to check out the accommodations at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort.

DreamMore Resort and SpaDreamMore Resort and Spa

They have many rooms to choose from, and one option is a king bed with twin bunk beds!

The Great Pumpkin LumiNights will be going on until October 28th, so you still have time to enjoy! It’s a new fall Halloween tradition that you’ll want to add to your list!

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Eighteen years ago, I moved to Knoxville after graduating college and fell in love with the city that has now truly become my home. Shortly after moving here, I married my college sweetheart, and when not working we set out to travel as much as we could. After working as a financial manager for six years, I welcomed my first son Nolan in 2010 and began a journey as a stay-at-home mom. Two years later we added another baby boy, Conley, to make us a family of four. In June 2016, we welcomed our third boy, Foster. I founded Knoxville Moms in November 2013 which began my career as a work-from-home mom, and it grew to the expansion of Chattanooga Moms in March 2016. We welcomed our first girl, Lilah, in November 2017 making us a family of six and adding a little pink in our house. In June 2021, I became the co-owner of the Atlanta Mom website, and in March 2022 I became the owner of the Nashville Moms parenting website. When I’m not chasing the kids or stepping on Legos, you can find me enjoying a cup of coffee, reading a good book, and dreaming about my toes in the sand. I enjoy meeting new people and enjoy connecting the moms of Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Nashville.

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