By Michael Williams
Members of the media were given a sneak preview of the new Christmas show that begins this week at the Dixie Stampede. Outside the most popular dinner show in the Smokies, southern belles directed guests into the theater where they were treated to an abbreviated version of the show and the dinner that has made the theater popular with tourists.
The theater underwent a major renovation at a cost of $2.5 million earlier this year in which the set was completely redesigned. Gone is the old southern antebellum front porch scene from an old plantation home. In it’s place is a large screen that spans the width of the theater consisting of more than 10 million LED lights on which wintry scenes from the Smoky mountains are displayed on the screen. The full moon rises above several rustic homes, illuminated with Christmas lights, in a rural setting.
The new show features a scene from a toy shop in which the toys come to life choreographed to the theme from “Toyland.” The scene features performers dressed as a doll, a robot, a jack-in-the box and a plastic soldier as they magically come to life at the stroke of midnight.
The show features the competition between north and south that has made the show famous but with one major adjustment, Instead of north versus south, the competition is between the north pole versus the south pole.
The highlight of the show is the reenactment of the Nativity. Wise men enter the arena riding camels bearing gist for the Christ child shortly after his birth in a manger. An angel descends from the ceiling and joins in the chorus of “Oh Holy Night.” A dove flies across the arena and perches on the hand of the angelic messenger.
The new show begins this week and runs until January 3.