This is how to get into Dollywood after dark without paying full price

LumiNights
The sign for the Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

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Dollywood’s annual Harvest Festival event officially kicked off last Friday in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. featuring live entertainment, larger-than-life seasonal displays and the return of the fan-favorite LumiNights event.  

This marks the fourth consecutive year for the award winning LumiNights event, and last year, the event was named Best Theme Park Halloween Event by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice, beating out Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando.

LumiNights features thousands of intricately-carved glowing pumpkins and illuminated displays. 

Read Also: What’s new at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, LumiNights in 2020

Sunflower field
The entrance to Wildwood Grove at Dollywood (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

This year, LumiNights expanded its footprint once again with two new displays in the Wildwood Grove section of the park.

The first features a glowing pumpkin patch at the Wildwood Grove entrance. The second features a “sunflower field” pumpkin patch with dozens of hand-carved pumpkins stacked sequentially to resemble beautiful stalks of sunflowers reaching heights of up to 9 1/2 feet tall. Both displays light up at night with a soft yellow glow to create a delightfully haunting, but never scary, aesthetic. 

Also new this year is a colossal pumpkin display, with real home-grown pumpkins ranging from 300-1500 pounds each. 

The massive pumpkins were shipped in from a variety of expert, competitive pumpkin growers across the East Coast who were eager to share their prize pumpkins with Dollywood park patrons.

The sunflower field display at Dollywood's Harvest Festival (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)
The sunflower field display at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Dollywood offers $35 admission to the park after 5 pm

As part of this year’s event, Dollywood is also offering guests a new way to enjoy LumiNights without having to pay full admission price.

From now through Oct. 30, guests can book a special admission ticket online for just $35 plus tax for entry into the park after 5 pm – which is a huge discount when compared to the regular daily admission price of $79.

This offer excludes Saturdays, and limited tickets are available. It’s the most economical way to enjoy the highlights of the Harvest Festival and LumiNights.

Guests can expect to enjoy roughly an hour of daylight when entering the park around 5 pm with sunset usually falling around 7:30 pm during the month of October.

These special “after dark” tickets must be purchased in advance online at Dollywood.com

Read Also: Top 7 things to do this Halloween in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

LumiNights features thousands of glowing pumpkins and hundreds of displays (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)
This marks the fourth consecutive year for the award winning LumiNights event, and last year, the event was named Best Theme Park Halloween Event by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice, beating out Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Other ways to save on Dollywood park admission

Starting Oct. 19, 2020, Dollywood is offering 2020 passholders a chance to extend the validity of their season passes from June 15, 2021 through the end of the 2021 season for just $79 plus tax. That’s the same cost as a one-day ticket to Dollywood. Normally, season passes cost $139 plus tax.

Two-Park Super Pass holders can upgrade for $99 plus tax.

Gold Pass benefits can be added to any pass for an additional $85 plus tax and enjoy special perks such as free parking and discounts on select food and merchandise.

Passholders who upgrade will also receive:

  • One (1) 2020 Christmas Bring-A-Friend Free ticket
  • Three (3) flexible 2021 Bring-A-Friend Free tickets
  • A free souvenir mug good for $.99 refills now through the end of the 2021 season

The Christmas Bring-A-Friend Free ticket is valid Nov. 7 – Dec. 23, 2020 and the Flexible Bring-A-Friend Free tickets are valid anytime during the 2021 season at Dollywood or Dollywood’s Splash Country except for Fridays, Saturdays and select weeks.

This offer ends November 9, 2020.

Typically, Dollywood’s season runs from early March through early January. Dollywood is a seasonal park, and typically closes January through February each year.

The Dollywood LumiNights event ends Oct, 31 2020 (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is presented by Humana, and Great Pumpkin LumiNights is presented by Covenant Health. Dollywood is open 10 am – 9 pm each day of operation (Sept. 25- Oct. 31, 2020) during the Harvest Festival (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is presented by Humana, and Great Pumpkin LumiNights is presented by Covenant Health. Dollywood is open 10 am – 9 pm each day of operation (Sept. 25- Oct. 31, 2020) during the Harvest Festival. The park is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the festival. For more information and a park operating calendar, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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