Celebrate the Holidays with Ripley's 5-Story-Tall Musical Christmas Tree
By Bennie McCann © 2009, All Rights Reserved

Every year, as you set out on your quest for the perfect tree, the little ones chime in with one voice to declare, "Let's get a BIG one!"  They feel the same way at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.  In fact, they do big like nobody's business! 

When you want a traditional, snow-capped Christmas filled with family values and wholesome fun, the Smoky Mountains is the place to be.  When you want a celebration that seems bigger than life, Ripley's Aquarium tops the list.

The sight of a 45-foot (5-story) tall tree would be breathtaking enough, but Christopher the Musical Tree also "sings" and twinkles.  Adorned with over 16,000 lights, Christopher provides a dazzling display that instills the holiday spirit in all who attend.

Show Times & Dates

The Musical Tree is on display until January 1, 2010, with performances nightly.  Two shows are held each evening Sunday through Thursday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Friday and Saturday nights offer 3 shows at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Each show consists of 3 songs performed in sync to a brilliant light show.  Look around: you'll find yourself surrounded by the awestruck faces of adults and kids who are mesmerized.  It's Christmas like you've never experienced it before.  

Sweet Treats for Good Boys & Girls

Did you know Santa has a workshop set up in the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza?  He does!  And it's open during the nightly events for boys and girls (and their parents) to visit.  Drop by to say hello and enjoy a few sweet treats, including scrumptious cookies (with milk, of course), traditional eggnog, rich fudge, warm apple cider and steaming hot chocolate. 

Pictures with Santa Sharky

The evening wouldn't be the same without a token to remember it by.  Santa Sharky is making appearances nightly from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Have pictures made with the kids or the entire family for a great memento of your time at Ripley's.

Santa's Workshop visits and Santa Sharky photos are available until Christmas.

Viewing the Musical Christmas Tree is free of charge, so bundle up and plan to spend the evening at the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza during your stay.  (There is a nominal charge for photos and refreshments.)  While Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, you can enjoy the lights, music, family time and yummy treats.  It's the perfect combination of everything that makes a traditional Christmas special.

Bennie McCann is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Smoky Mountain cabins near Pigeon Forge, TN.  Visit our website today at to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.