Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry – Pigeon Forge, TN

December 22, 2015

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Founded in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music themed variety show featuring country, bluegrass, folk and gospel music performances along with some comedy thrown in here and there.  The Smoky Mountain Opry takes that concept and brings it to the stage daily in Pigeon Forge.  The repertoire is expanded from focusing only on country and related genres to include pop, rock, and other hits from the past and present.  The Smoky Mountain Opry goes all out for their Christmas production – their dedication to the season is evident even as you drive by as the theater shines brighter than any other spot on the Pigeon Forge Parkway with millions of Christmas lights.

SMOXmas2From the lobby, you file into the theater from either side of the concession stand.  Choose wisely, as your photo will be taken with one of two special guests to join your family – Santa on one side, the Grinch on the other.

The show is fast-paced and includes a number of Christmas favorites from all genres, styles and eras of music.  With elaborate sets and costumes (including this 10-foot fairy shown below), they create a full-scale spectacle.

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The national and international fever of Disney’s Frozen has spread even into this Opry-themed show, taking up a larger portion of the first act than any other theme throughout the show…

SMOXmas5SMOXmas6Slim Chance appears multiple times throughout the show to provide comic relief.  His style of comedy is family friendly yet avoids being childish (mostly).

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Of course, no Christmas show is complete without an appearance by Santa in a chorus line of jingle-bell clad dancers…

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The finale of the show includes a live (yes, very live) nativity including camels and other livestock along with angels flying above.  This is the point in the show that really becomes overtly religious and they point out the “reason for the season,” but regardless of whatever belief system you may subscribe to, the production values are amazing.

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This is another Fee-Hedrick production, like Hatfield & McCoy, that makes it a point to ensure everything is family friendly and attempts to entertain all ages from 5 to 105.  Food and drinks are scarce at the theater – a limited selection of non-alcoholic drinks along with popcorn and candy is available at the concession stand, but you won’t find any “adult” beverages.  If you must, though, intermission is long enough that you could probably get a shot in at the bar at the adjacent Hard Rock Cafe and make it back to your seat in time.  Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry runs twice daily (once on Fridays) through January 2nd.  For more information, you can visit https://www.smokymtnopry.com.

If you’ve seen the show, let us know what you think in the comments below!


 

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