Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Opry Is the Nostalgic Variety Show You Need to See in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Back for its ninth season this month!

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Combine a Broadway show with Southern sass and a whole lot of special effects and you've got the Smoky Mountain Opry.

The incredible eponymous variety show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the Smoky Mountain Opry from The Dollywood Company, returns for its ninth season on February 28th, and we couldn't be more excited. The live variety show features a range of musical genres including gospel, country, and classic movie soundtracks, all performed by talented musicians and dancers who will captivate your mind long after curtain call. According to a press release, this year's show will feature a "thrilling opening sequence straight from the big screen," followed by classic numbers from the great American jukebox from the 1960s onwards. The finale is a tribute to our men and women in the armed forces, in a moving red-white-and-blue veterans tribute.

"We know that guests of all ages love the epic music that is the Smoky Mountain Opry, and every season we add new twists to the high-energy singing and dancing, visual effects, comedic segments, and talented cast of musicians," said Michael Headla, Smoky Mountain Opry General Manager, in the same media statement. "This season, the talents featured at the Smoky Mountain Opry will impress our guests with everything from amazing vocals and spectacular sets to thrilling aerial performances and comedic fun." Guests can also expect epic light displays, and beautiful beautiful costumes.

This year, catch the Smoky Mountain Opry at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday with Wednesday matinees at 3:00 p.m. during the regular season. The special holiday show will debut on Thursday, November 5th. Make your reservations by calling (865) 428-7469 or by visiting

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With the Dollywood theme park just a few miles down the road from the Smoky Mountain Opry, and plenty of other local attractions in town(hiking in the Smokies, Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner theatre, rafting on Pigeon River), we're sure a trip to Pigeon Forge will be one that makes you smile thinking about for years to come.

And—after an evening spent at the Smoky Mountain Opry—that makes you think, man, do I need to brush off my tap dancing shoes.

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