Creating a Sense of Community Throughout The Appalachian Highlands

Making Magical Memories

Long after the decorations have been packed away, the gifts have been opened, and the food consumed, there is something that always remains after the holidays – the memories. Part of the joy of the holiday season are the traditions we create and enjoy year after year. This year, why not spend some time and effort to create new memories that will last a lifetime?

Our region has several world-class attractions that draw people from all over the world to enjoy, and three of the most well-known and popular things our area has to offer are the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee; Dollywood Amusement Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; and The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. All of these places are within a short drive of the Tri Cities, and all are worth visiting at any time of year. However, all three of these places go the “Extra Mile” (racing pun intended!) during the holiday season.

For years, the Bristol Motor Speedway has created a winter wonderland in lights on their property with their “Speedway in Lights” attraction. This is the largest holiday light show in the South, and benefits Speedway Children’s Charities, which directly supports the needs of children in the Tri Cities region. The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights, powered by TVA, provides about four miles and two million lights for people to enjoy. Go to for more information on their holiday attractions, as well as pricing and dates/times to visit.

Dollywood provides family entertainment from March – December each year, and starting in November, the amusement park transforms itself into a holiday paradise with lights, special shows and entertainment, and Rudolph’s “Holly Jolly Junction.” In addition, this year they have added the “Parade of Many Colors,” a nightly light and music parade throughout the park. Visit for more information on their holiday special events and to plan your visit.

America’s Biggest Home is just over an hour’s drive from the Tri Cities area. The Biltmore Estate boasts 250 rooms and acres of lavishly designed gardens, with a working village, a winery, and two hotels on its property. It is a gorgeous place to visit any time of year, but it is a truly special place during the holidays. They have both daytime and special candlelight evening tours from early November until early January. Guests see Christmas on a grand scale, with 40 decorated trees, and miles of ribbons, garlands and lights. Visit for more information.

Whatever you do, and wherever you go this holiday season, make sure you soak up all the fun, joy and wonder available to you and your family. Happy Holidays!

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