Light the Way 5K

A 5K Race through 4 Million Christmas Lights of Dollywood

Important Reminder - Friday Packet Pick Up Closes at 10 pm at Splash Country. There is NO packet pick up at Dollywood. Please plan accordingly.

Please note: runners may not push strollers and pets are not permitted. For small children, please use a carrier. 

Dollywood is proud to be hosting the 7th annual Light The Way 5K on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 11:18 p.m.  Light the Way 5K participants are treated to a unique race course decorated by Dollywood’s four million Christmas lights, which will illuminate the path throughout the park. New for 2018, the 5K course will be a certified 5K distance.

Both runners and walkers are welcome at the Light The Way 5K - so make plans now to run, prance or dance your way through Dollywood to benefit two great charities - Keep Sevier Beautiful and Share it Forward.

This year’s event will be held on Friday, November 16 at 11:18 p.m. – please note the new slightly later start time for the 2018 event.  This year’s course is a CERTIFIED 5K distance, and we also have added a FUN WALK for those of you who really just want to stroll through the course decorated by Dollywood’s four million colorful Christmas lights.

Again this year, the 5K will be capped - at 2,018 runners/walkers - so DON’T WAIT!   Both runners and walkers are welcome to register for this year’s event at – it’s never too early to make your holiday plans now to run, prance or dance your way through Dollywood.  It all benefits two great charities - Share It Forward and Keep Sevier Beautiful.

 Want to become an event sponsor?  For a list of benefits, see our Sponsor Package.

  We graciously thank our sponsors for making this event possible:


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