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CHRISTMAS AT DOLLYWOOD -- A BIGGER AND BRIGHTER 1992 FESTIVAL

 CHRISTMAS AT DOLLYWOOD -- A BIGGER AND BRIGHTER 1992 FESTIVAL
 PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Christmas will be bigger and certainly brighter this year -- by 600,000 special seasonal lights -- for Dolly Parton and Dollywood when the 87-acre Pigeon Forge entertainment park unveils its "Smoky Mountain Christmas" extravaganza, Nov. 13 through Jan. 3.
 Parton travels to Pigeon Forge on Nov. 13 to perform her annual duty of flipping a switch and illuminating the Dollywood Christmas tree to kick off the celebration. "Christmas is a special time for me and my family," admits Parton, who takes an active, hands-on interest in the working and development of this entertainment park. (She is having meetings with the Dollywood executives during this visit.) "And it's really wonderful to be able to communicate the warmth and sparkle of the season in Dollywood. We also bring some of the Smoky Mountain heritage and East Tennessee lifestyle to the season."
 Parton has long been associated with the Christmas festivities, producing such television rating winners as "Dolly Parton ... Christmas at Home" and (with Kenny Rogers) "A Christmas to Remember." In fact, it was another successful Parton TV production, "A Smoky Mountain Christmas" that was the impetus to develop the Dollywood Christmas festival to its current status.
 More than 1.2 million lights actually illuminate Dollywood's own Christmas celebration, twice as many as last year. Added attractions for visitors include a light-decked Fantasy Express train that visits the Smoky Mountain branch of Santa's workshop. The new multimillion dollar addition to Dollywood, "the Showstreet area," gets a glittery makeover for the season, including a new "Holiday Harmonies" production in the Showstreet Palace.
 Old favorites also return for the 1992 festival, now in its third year: The Celebrity Theater hosts its annual "Christmas in the Smokies" program of popular music and song, handbell choirs and strolling carolers touring the park, the living outdoor Nativity Pageant, Dollywood's own gospel group, the Kingdom Heirs and the specially decorated antique Dentzel Carousel.
 Visitors to Dollywood not only arrive for Christmas entertainment but also find the park a great place to complete their Christmas shopping -- gifts, food and stocking stuffers, all with the special Smoky Mountain ambience, abound throughout the park.
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 /CONTACT: Ian Dove or Darryl Clark of The Lee Solters Co., 213-651-9300, for Dollywood/ CO: Dollywood ST: Tennessee IN: LEI SU:


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