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 PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Holiday entertainment and attractions that have become a Dollywood holiday tradition return Nov. 11 for the fourth annual "Smoky Mountain Christmas" festival, while more than 1,300,000 lights in a rainbow of color and sparkle will brighten the entertainment park for this special holiday celebration.
 Throughout the park, specially colored lights have been hand- sculpted into lightscapes, cascades, reflecting ponds, and light arbors, creating a "symphony for the eyes." And the yuletide festival has been extended this year to include more entertainment, more attractions, more delicious food, more holiday shopping ideas, and more time to enjoy all the festivities with the park opening for the event on Thursdays this year, beginning Nov. 11.
 The popular music that tells the story of "Christmas in the Smokies" can be seen again in the Celebrity Theatre, and the drama and wonder of the Nativity will come alive each night in "For Unto Us A Child Is Born," a living Nativity Pageant set outdoors. Handbell choirs and strolling carolers, a candlelight chorus, the heartwarming family story of "The Gift Goes On," and a special holiday program by Dollywood's gospel group, the Kingdom Heirs, add even more musical gifts for Dollywood's holiday visitors to enjoy.
 Dollywood has added a special area filled with Christmas magic to this year's festival -- "Peppermint Valley." When visitors step into this land of childhood fantasy, they'll find holiday wonders in giant proportions -- everything from drums and tops and cars and planes to a bigger than life Jack-in-the-Box and Candy Cane Lane. And Santa himself has sprinkled the entire Peppermint Valley with his special mixture of Peppermint magic to create holiday enchantment, warm memories, and an abundance of family holiday fun. In addition, a special path lit by "Peppermint lights" will lead visitors to Santa's Giant Workshop, where they'll find ole Santa himself in an easy chair in his den, checking his list and listening to the wishes and dreams of visiting children.
 Of course, Dollywood's Christmasfest is also a great place to shop for Christmas gifts, enjoy a variety of delicious and festive holiday foods, and marvel at the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains in wintertime. Kids of all ages will enjoy riding the Fantasy Express Train and Dollywood's antique Dentzel Carousel, both of which will be specially decorated for the holiday season.
 And on Sunday, Nov. 14, the splendor of the holidays will come alive for a very special group of visitors to Dollywood, as the park hosts a special "Holiday Deaf Awareness Day." This special event will feature interpretation of Dollywoods' holiday entertainment shows, attractions and craft demonstrations throughout the day.
 Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas will be open Thursdays through Sundays from Nov. 11 through Dec. 12 (closed Nov. 25), and then operates daily from Dec. 16-30 (closed Dec. 24 and 25). Admission is $13.99 plus tax for adults and $8.99 plus tax for children ages 4-11. Children aged 3 and under, and Gold, Silver, and Season pass holders are admitted free.
 For specific operation hours and for more information about Dollywood's "Smoky Mountain Christmas" festival, call the park's Holiday Hotline at 615-656-9488.
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