The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge brings the spirit of Christmas to life with new scenes, unique sets, brand-new elaborate costumes and many new technological updates in the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Christmas show.
“What remains unchanged is the combination of a large cast of musicians, singers, dancers and comedians who make the show the largest, most spectacular Christmas show in the Smokies,” said David Fee of Fee/Hedrick family entertainment. “Our show features a nationally auditioned cast with flying angels and an elaborate living nativity that focuses attention on the birth of Christ and the true meaning of Christmas.”
The Christmas show kicked off November 1 and will run until January 3, 2015, Now in its fourth season the show features the area’s largest “living nativity” complete with camels, sheep and a donkey. The holiday show also features silk aerialists, ice skaters and elves and toys that come to life.
Comedian Slim Chance performs a comical rendition of “Christmas Ball,” a satire of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” The show features a comical satire of the cast of Duck Dynasty who perform an eclectic mix of holiday carols with Santa during the off season.
The most popular parts of last year’s Christmas show are returning with a few added surprises such as the new quick costume change act. In this act, aerialists Simone Gruzdev and LeAnn Farley, amaze audiences with their fabulous costume transformations in just fractions of a second.
The glory and splendor of the birth of Christ comes to life in the Nativity scene which features live animals and angels that fly in from the back of the theater while the cast sing a magnificent rendition of “Oh, Holy Night.”
The magic of Christmas is brought to life in one scene in which a child awakens to discover Santa in her living room. Santa shows the child a little Christmas magic and turns her little stuffed lion into a live caged white lion.
The show is centered around Christmas songs such as ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year,’ ‘We Need a Little Christmas,’ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ and ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town.’ This year the show has added the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah to the finale.”
The first half of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Show features songs from the sounds of the season with all the Christmas favorites and the second half of the show has a country Christmas and ends with the gospel story telling of the birth of Christ. The Christmas celebration show features flying musicians and sugarplum fairies and nearly two-hours of holiday-themed entertainment. Throughout the show, new and old Christmas music fills the air with rich-and-brassy orchestral music.
“We provide an evening filled with song, dance and laughter,” Fee said. “We want this to be a place where families start traditions and memories such as children having their picture taken with Santa in the lobby of the theater. We hope tourists and locals will continue to return to The Smoky Mountain Opry year after year.”
“Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater is performed this season in the afternoon matinee slot at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and in the evening at 8 p.m. nightly. The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit SmokyMtnOpry.com.