Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland! {Giveaway!}

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I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like every year there are more and more events that pop up around Christmas time that I. CAN. NOT. MISS. Or, at least that’s what I tell my husband when I hear about each and every one.

{I’ve been known to print out the Knoxville Moms Blog Activities Round-up guide and keep it, in all its dog-eared glory, in our glove compartment just in case we end up with an extra 15 minutes to cram in yet one more thing. Don’t tell Christie!!}

My husband, ever the voice of reason {and saintly patience – most of the time}, carefully reminds me that we can’t do everything. And he’s so right.

I’ve had to prioritize our “must-do” adventures around Christmas time, and while you’ll never talk me out of a couple of traditions that we’ve adopted, I’ve come a long way!

For example,

Santa visit: non-negotiable.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Light Show: non-negotiable.

And, I’ll let you in on a little secret we learned. You can cross two things off your non-negotiable list in one fell swoop!

Last year was the first year we attended the Shadrack’s extravaganza, and I’ve got to say. They do it right. We dressed up the kids in their matching Christmas jammies {still not divulging the price of those puppies, thankyouverymuch} and headed east to the home of the Tennessee Smokies.

After having attended lots of baseball games over my summers spent in Knoxville, it’s nothing short of amazing how completely they transform that space into a winter wonderland.

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We went on a weeknight, which I highly recommend. Before you even pull into the entrance, there are signs directing you to turn your radio dial to the accompanying channel, to enjoy the full show. The line to enter the park was short, and soon my kids – and my husband and I! – were absolutely mesmerized. You curve through some of the most elaborate lighting designs and displays I’ve ever seen. There are even spots to pull off for photos.

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Now, here’s where the secret comes in – after you’ve finished your trip through the light show, you can park your car and visit “Santa’s Village.” Here you’ll find live animals {the camel was a favorite last year}, along with inflatables and everyone’s personal favorite – fair food!! Get your funnel cakes, corn dogs and hot pretzels while your kids bounce themselves silly. And, oh yeah, SANTA’S THERE!!

If your kids are anything like mine, the waiting for Santa part can make or break the actual visiting Santa part. We were the second family in line and, well, I’ll just let the photo speak for itself!

And a Merry Christmas to one and all!

And a Merry Christmas to one and all!

Success! Ha!

I’m so excited to head back this year. We’re planning to go next week and I can’t wait to share the 2014 Santa Photo with all of you.

And, the best part – the folks at Shadracks have graciously provided two FREE {did you hear that? FREE!!} tickets for two lucky families to enjoy Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland this year. And, on top of that, you’ll get a FREE {I said it again, FREE!} family four-pack to the Rainforest Adventures park. Another great Knoxville-area family attraction.

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20 Responses to Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland! {Giveaway!}

  1. mmm December 5, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    Our recent tradition of giving “relational gifts”

  2. Margaret December 5, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    A great place to visit! We like going here when we can’t make it up to Bristol’s Motor Speedway in Lights 🙂

  3. carla December 5, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Love going to Dollywood to see all the lights

  4. Erin December 5, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Our tradition is to decorate the tree while listening to Christmas music and then baking, lots of baking!

  5. Jessica December 5, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Driving around looking at Christmas lights is our family’s favorite Christmas activity!

  6. Kim December 5, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    We love driving around to see Christmas lights in various neighborhoods!

  7. Stephanie Kirk December 5, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    We love going here, go every year =)

  8. Jennifer R December 5, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Our favorite tradition is going to visit Santa at Bass Pro shop, then going to see Shadrack’s!

  9. Yvette H December 5, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    My favorite tradition is having a different themed Christmas tree each year. I haven’t lived in the region for too long, but hoping to add Shadrack’s to my favorite traditions once I’ve been able to visit. 🙂

  10. Christie Elkins December 5, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Hahah! “Don’t tell Christie”. I am the official KMB Grinch 😉 But hey, lights are awesome, right?

  11. Kelly December 5, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    One of my favorite traditions is loading up the kids and driving around to look at the lights.

  12. Kristen December 5, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Putting up the outside Christmas lights. So cheery!

  13. Lindsay December 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Christmas Eve candle lit church service

  14. Jean December 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    We love visiting dollywood and seeing the lights and Santa there!

  15. Sarah H. December 6, 2014 at 12:43 am #

    We love going to Dollywood to see all the lights, the Christmas parade, ride the train and eat at Miss Lillian’s Chicken House!!

  16. Amanda Burnett December 6, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    Since I was in kindergarten, our family had gone to a Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree. Afterward, we go get brunch. We always go the on black Friday and it always starts the Christmas season for me!

  17. Amanda Partin December 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    We love hopping in the car with cups of hot chocolate and sugar cookies and looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights. It’s a tradition that started when I was a kid and I continue it with my husband and kids.

  18. diane jenkins December 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    getting the Grands and making cookies!

  19. Corey December 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    I love making ornaments with my daughter!

  20. Spensar Custer December 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    putting up the tree and decorating it!

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