Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Christmas Came Early for a Day

Sunday morning Zane and I were laid up on the couch being lazy. I got a call from the Hubs saying he was finally done working until he goes to the next location. He came home and we still hadn't moved! He said if we wanted to do something then we best get up and get dressed! While I was getting ready he told me that we were going to drive up to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN!

We didn't tell Zane until we were pulling into the parking lot of the park. The whole drive up we told him he was getting a big surprise! Once we were about to turn into the parking lot, I videoed his reaction to the news...

He was more excited that his 'girlfriend' may be there than knowing it was a place to ride rides and have fun!

Once we entered the park he got so excited! The first ride we did was a motion seat 4D show of The Polar Express. UGH! It was horrible! I thought I was going to lose my lunch! It jerked all over the place and was not pleasant in the least! We won't ride that again!

Dollywood was decorated so beautifully for Christmas! I enjoyed just walking around looking at it all! I was impressed with how busy it was! There were way more people there than I expected! We made the whole day all about Zane. Whatever he wanted to do or ride, we did.

We rode the carousel and found Santa's workshop!

We walked into Santa's workshop just in time! People were starting to form a line to see Santa himself! This was by far my favorite part! It was the best Santa experience ever! While we were in line he walked out as Zane was sitting on that 'present' you see in the top left of collage above, as soon as Zane spotted him and jumped up and ran to give Santa a hug and tell him he loved him! No one else was around. It was SO funny! Then Santa walked around and greeted every single kid and even every adult standing in the line. Once he made his way to the front of the line, they started letting people sit in his lap and get their picture made. It was such a great time! Zane sat in his lap and actually got to have a real conversation with him. They talked for a good five minutes or so! Usually when kids see Santa it's tell him what you want, smile, ok we're done, next! Not this time! We loved it!

We didn't plan to see any shows or anything, we went and played with Zane for the day. Luckily, the Hubs bought us season passes, so we will be back, many times!

Like I said, Dollywood decorates beautifully for Christmas! They go ALL OUT! Every building has lights, many trees are lit with TONS of strands of lights, there are birds lit up and hanging in the trees, even the Dollywood Express (train) was trimmed in lights! It was spectacular!

Have you ever been to Dollywood?
Tell me about your time there!




  1. OHH, how pretty!! Girl, we were in TN this past weekend too!!

  2. What a fun little trip. Believe it or not, I've never been!

  3. It looks SO pretty - but I'm most excited about what an awesome Santa experience y'all had! Isn't it splendid when people go above and beyond your expectations, and just make an experience GREAT?! I love that for you guys. And it looks beautiful. I've never been to Dollywood, but would like to some day!

  4. Christmas coming early is always a good thing in my books! Love the pictures and all the smiles! :)

  5. Aww I love this! And I love Zane's reaction to Santa :) They may be hellions sometimes but then they do something to melt your heart!

  6. Oh yes this past summer. And 5 times before that and the highlight was my child's face on the Rolling Thunder roller coaster. Classic.

  7. oh my gosh this looks like so much fun! I would love to go to Dollywood! xx

  8. I have never been but always wanted to go and now I want to go even more and this looks beautiful for Christmas
    Glad yal had fun

  9. So awesome! I went to Dollywood in April and loved it. It would be so awesome to be there at Christmastime. That Santa looks like the real deal!


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