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NBC Announces New Dolly Parton Christmas Special Set at Dollywood

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You haven’t seen the last of Dolly Parton Christmas specials! NBC recently announced a brand new Christmas musical coming this holiday season. “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas” is a unique musical about the making of a TV special at the world-class theme park, Dollywood. We’ve gathered all the details we know about the new Dolly Parton Christmas special so far!

About ‘Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas’

Nothing goes better together than Dolly Parton and the holiday season! This year, our Smoky Mountain hometown hero is bringing us a unique special, “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas,” on NBC. This musical will tell the backstage story and on-camera results of Dolly’s desire to uplift the world by sharing the “mountain magic” that you can find at Dollywood around Christmas time.

If you’re at Dollywood in August, you got the chance to see them filming the holiday special – you may have even caught a glimpse of Dolly Parton herself, along with other famous celebrities! The movie began filming on August 8. The park went above and beyond to make it look like Christmas at Dollywood during the heat of the summer! Dolly Parton will join stars Jimmy Fallon, Jimmie Allen, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, and more in the Dollywood Christmas special! See a clip of Jimmy Fallon and Dolly at the park below from Aug. 15:

The logline for the special reads, “Throughout the movie’s production numbers and rehearsal chaos, Dolly finds herself taking a private journey into her past, guided by the mysterious appearances of her personal Three Wise Men. When it’s time for her big special to air live, a renewed and inspired Dolly goes rogue and shows the world that the real magic of Christmas lies in the hearts of the children we all once were, the realization that Christmas is about the people we share it with, and how her faith remains the common thread between Christmases past, present, and future.”

This will be Dolly’s third holiday special with NBC, following “Coat of Many Colors” and “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” The official release date for “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas,” is Thursday December 1 at 8 PM EST on NBC.

More Dolly Parton Christmas Specials

Dolly is no stranger to Christmas specials. She appeared in 1984’s “Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember” and “A Holly Dolly Christmas” in 2020. She also acted in “A Smoky Mountain Christmas” in 1986 and “Christmas at Dollywood” in 2019. Plus, we can’t forget the Emmy-winning “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” that was released on Netflix in 2020!

In addition to TV specials and movies, Dolly Parton has shown her Christmas spirit through her holiday albums, “Once Upon a Christmas,” “Home for Christmas,” and “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”

About Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Smoky Mountain Christmas at DollywoodThere’s a reason some of the Dolly Parton Christmas specials feature Dollywood — the theme park is magical during the holiday season! During Smoky Mountain Christmas, visitors can witness more than 5 million twinkling lights, award-winning rides, a heartwarming holiday show, seasonal treats, and more. Plus, at the end of the night, there’s a Merry & Bright seasonal fireworks show! The holiday spirit is abundant throughout Dollywood and the Smoky Mountains each year, and Dolly is excited to share the magic of the season with everyone through her new Christmas special.

You can start planning your own visit to the world-class theme park to see the magic of the mountains for yourselves. Learn more about Dollywood, then get your tickets!