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Holly Jolly Junction big hit with kids at Dollywood

By LARRY VAUGHT

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood is a unique experience with over four million lights that I first saw during the Light the Way 5K on Friday night before going back on Saturday with my grandchildren to get a closer look at the lights, various shows, food and more.

My grandchildren — ages 8 and 10 — enjoyed the rides and lights but they really liked Holly Jolly Junction. For $5 they both got a cookie they could decorate any way they wanted and then got to eat it. There was also a huge coloring wall where they got to pick what part of the scene they wanted to color any way they wanted.

Myself I loved seeing “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a terrific one-hour musical and story that certainly should put anyone in the Christmas spirit. Then perhaps my favorite part of the night was the parade just before closing. Seeing the smiles from my grandchildren and other kids as they saw the parade march through Dollywood really was heartwarming.

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood runs through Jan. 4.

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Enjoy these photos from our time at the park by Jessica and Berry Hudson, my daughter and son-in-law.

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