Have you heard about Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville? Along with the three other U.S. locations, it’s the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show. And it’s just a short drive from Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg.
There are, arguably, a lot of places to look at beautiful Christmas lights in the Smokies. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both have their own fantastic light shows. So what makes this one so different? Here’s a quote from Shadrack’s About page:
You may wonder, why go to such great lengths to create an attraction of this magnitude? It’s simple; we uncovered a passion and followed our dream. After physically crafting each element, placing and bracing them, tediously programming hundreds of thousands of lights to perform with music, we managed to light up the nights!
I love it! The passion in this company is what draws me to it!
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is held at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium, located at 3540 Line Dr. in Kodak. The lights display runs through January 6 every night from dusk until 10 p.m. or later.
Cost is by car — $20 per family car, more for larger, group vehicles. One neat thing Shadrack’s does is support local charities with money earned at the display. This year, money will go to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, which distributes food to about 158,000 hungry people per month.
After driving through the light show, visitors can stop at Santa’s Village, which has a free petting zoo and lots of things you can pay for:
- Pony and camel rides ($5)
- Photos with Santa
- Christmas tree lot, with wreaths for sale, as well
- Refreshments (hot cocoa, apple cider, funnel cakes, Christmas cookies, kettle corn, etc)
- Kids’ Santa Train
- Inflatable slide
- Ferris wheel
- Trampoline bungee jump
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland has become quite well known, by getting positive press reviews from around the country:
- MSN.com‘s Top Ten Extreme Holiday Lights:
“Visitors to one of the company’s four displays drive through a maze of hundreds of thousands of energy-efficient lights synchronized to blink to holiday melodies like the “Hallelujah Chorus” or “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” Guests hear the tunes over their car radios as lights arc through the air, or rhythmically, colorfully bob up and down from the ground in the form of Christmas trees in time with the music.“
- Southwest Airline‘s Top Christmas Destination:
“Guests drive through the park and watch and experience Christmas lights which dance in time to a local radio station’s Christmas music selection. For an example of this attraction, check out the video on the Shadrack’s website. This could become a Christmas tradition or a wonderful Christmas memory for kids of all ages.”
- Article in Haute Living:
“This drive-through holiday spectacular is the perfect family-friendly event that parents and kids of all ages will enjoy as it expertly displays the beauty of the season through a breathtaking light extravaganza.”
Sounds pretty spectacular, huh? It’s definitely on my list for the holiday season!