Dolly’s Big Plans for Dollywood

New shows and fireworks highlight 2013 season.

Dolly Parton is known for doing things up big, and that's definitely true for her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Dolly has announced some exciting plans for 2013, including new shows, festival headliners and a splashy summerlong celebration.

For the park's Festival of Nations, Dollywood is welcoming Cirque Shanghai, a cast of world-class acrobats who pull off some incredible feats of tumbling and hoop diving. Country music takes the spotlight for an all-new Great American Country Show at Dolly's Celebrity Theatre, beginning May 10. GAC and Dollywood present live country music onstage with GAC's personalities appearing in video presentations. Each show will feature a special appearance by a country music legend. Summer will also sizzle with a nightly fireworks extravaganza, Dolly's Nights of Many Colors, an exciting visual display synchronized to music. Dollywood's Great American Summer kicks off June 22.

For the 2013 holiday season, Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival will offer a new headline show, Dollywood's Christmas Carol. The show is based on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol and features a 15-member cast.

Dollywood recently received a fourth consecutive Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows. Dolly commented on that honor while announcing her plans for the upcoming new year. "Of course, I'm really proud of our Golden Ticket Awards for Best Shows," Dolly said in a released statement. "Who wouldn't be? But I truly want to celebrate and share this great honor with our guests all season long in 2013 with all kinds of entertainment and incredible shows from the stage all the way into the sky!"

For more on Dollywood, check out this video from the colorful Dolly herself.

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