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Dolly Welcomes the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Published November 9, 2021 / Last Updated November 9, 2021

Dolly Heralds the Holidays and Celebrates the True Spirit of the Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As Christmas quickly approaches, we look forward to enjoying everything that makes the holidays special—time with our closest friends and family, delicious home cooking, lights that twinkle like the stars above and hearts filled with the spirit of giving. Dolly wishes everyone an abundance of joy and love during this special time of year and reminds us all to reflect on the true spirit of the season.

“The holiday season is here!” Dolly exclaimed. “The holidays have a way of bringing out the best in each of us…that unconditional love that we give to one another. I call that a ‘Circle of Love.’”


Dollywood welcomes guests to experience the dazzling sights and joyous sounds of Christmas during their annual Smoky Mountain Christmas, happening November 6 through January 2. With over 5 million Christmas lights, an extraordinary fireworks display and award-winning Christmas shows, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is an unforgettable experience that is sure to become a family tradition!

Dolly’s Stampede, in both Pigeon Forge and Branson, welcomes families to celebrate the spirit of the season with an amazing Christmas spectacular. This riveting show is filled with festive horse-riding stunts, stirring holiday music, a beautiful live nativity and a four-course holiday feast. Visitors to the Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach areas can celebrate the holiday season with a swashbuckling experience, where families will create lasting memories with the Fun, Feast & Adventure of Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show!


Imagination Library Inspires a Spirit of Giving

Dolly’s Imagination Library recently announced that it will be expanding the award-winning literacy program statewide in Kansas and Kentucky. Every child under the age of five, in both states, will soon be eligible to receive the gift of a free book each month!

Dolly Performs at Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye Benefit

Dolly took the stage for her first full show since 2016, performing an hour of her hits during the First Annual Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye concert. The event was held on October 24, 2021, at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater in Nashville, TN. The star-studded evening of music and celebration was organized to help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.



Dolly Joins Reba McEntire In “Does He Love You” Remake

Dolly has teamed up with Reba McEntire to release their first-ever duet and music video, a remake of Reba’s 1993 hit song, “Does He Love You.”

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” Available on Netflix

Catch the Christmas spirit from the comfort of your own home by gathering the family together to watch Dolly’s star-studded Netflix special, featuring 14 original Dolly songs. The heartwarming, Emmy Award-winning holiday musical, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” is sure to be a festive family favorite.

“A Holly Dolly Christmas” Deluxe Edition — Now Available!

“A Holly Dolly Christmas (Deluxe Edition)” is now available to stream! This digital exclusive features three new songs, including one live performance from Dolly’s 2020 CBS Christmas special. Listen now!


The holiday season is a wonderful time of year! No matter where you spend the holidays, you can sense a spirit of joy, hope and love in the air. As Christmastime arrives, take time to reflect on the true reason for the season and appreciate all of the things that make the holidays so special—faith, family, friends and love.

“Circle of Love”

Circle of love, halo of light
When Jesus was born
On that Christmas night
And oh, what a night, that Holy night was
When Bethlehem glowed, in a circle of love

Merry Christmas!

Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton Releases “A Holly Dolly Christmas” Deluxe Edition

Published November 9, 2021 / Last Updated November 9, 2021

“A Holly Dolly Christmas” Deluxe Edition — Now Available

Dolly Parton kicks off the holidays by putting a little extra Christmas cheer in everyone’s stockings. Dolly has released a special deluxe edition of her 2020 record-breaking #1 Christmas album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas!”

Now available to stream, this digital exclusive deluxe edition boasts three new tracks, including “Three Candles,” “The Wish Book” and “I Still Believe,” from the live performance of the 2020 “A Holly Dolly Christmas” TV Special.

“A Holly Dolly Christmas” Deluxe Edition Track Listing:

  1. Holly Jolly Christmas – Dolly Parton
  2. Christmas Is (feat. Miley Cyrus) – Dolly Parton
  3. Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas – Dolly Parton, Michael Bublé
  4. Christmas On The Square – Dolly Parton
  5. Circle Of Love – Dolly Parton
  6. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Dolly Parton, Jimmy Fallon
  7. Comin’ Home For Christmas – Dolly Parton
  8. Christmas Where We Are (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – Dolly Parton
  9. Pretty Paper – Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson
  10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Dolly Parton
  11. You Are My Christmas (feat. Randy Parton) – Dolly Parton
  12. Mary, Did You Know? – Dolly Parton
  13. I Still Believe (Performed live on “A Holly Dolly Christmas” TV Special) – Dolly Parton
  14. Three Candles – Dolly Parton
  15. The Wish Book – Dolly Parton

Listen Now

Listen to “A Holly Dolly Christmas” Deluxe Edition, now available worldwide on all digital and streaming platforms.

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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Returns November 6

Published November 5, 2021 / Last Updated November 5, 2021

Experience America’s Best Christmas Tradition at Dollywood November 6 – January 2

The holidays are in full swing in Pigeon Forge,TN, where guests can experience America’s best Christmas tradition, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, beginning Saturday, November 6 and running through January 2, 2022.

The light shines on Smoky Mountain Christmas thanks to the glow of more than five million gleaming holiday lights, award-winning stage productions and the warm family traditions that so many guests have enjoyed for more than 30 years. Dollywood is fresh off its 13th consecutive Golden Ticket award for Best Theme Park Christmas event. In fact, it is the only park in the world to earn this prestigious industry honor. For guests, Smoky Mountain Christmas always marks the beginning of the “Dolly-days.” Dolly said,

“Christmas really is the most special time of the year, because it’s when we all come together to share those precious memories we all hold dear. It’s when we take time to remember those cherished times and stories from the past, but it’s also when we start so many new traditions that will become the stories we tell years from now. I hope that everyone who visits Dollywood this season experiences the love and joy of a traditional Smoky Mountain Christmas. During their time here, we hope they’ll laugh, love and linger as they enjoy the light of the season. We also hope they create those new memories and family traditions that they’ll share for many years to come.”

Glacier Ridge

Glacier Ridge presented by Goo Goo Cluster fills Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wildwood Grove, Wilderness Pass and Upper Craftsman’s Valley with an expansive arctic experience sure to inspire and delight guests. Wilderness Pass serves as one of the highlights of Glacier Ridge, thanks to the Wonderful Christmas! Plaza Tree Show, which features a 50-foot tall animated tree sparkling to life to present a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show throughout the evening.

Dollywood guests are immediately enveloped in the illumination of millions of holiday lights, which create a festive Christmas atmosphere that has become a cherished family tradition for generations. While the lighting itself remains familiar to guests, area-based themes and lighting designs throughout the park provide a sense of wonder and discovery around each turn.

Santa’s Dollywood Cabin

Last year, Old Saint Nick allowed visitors to watch him hard at work in his little cabin in the woods at Dollywood. For the kids (and kids at heart) wondering what Santa is up to this year, he enjoyed his time in the Smokies so much that he has returned to his new home away from home.

Most people don’t know that when he isn’t hard at work at the North Pole, Santa likes to visit East Tennessee and his great friend, Dolly! Guests who visit Santa’s cabin can literally see inside as he reviews “the list”! Kids discover whether their name is on the naughty or nice list, and they might even have their photo made as they peer through the window during this once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch Santa at work.

Spectacular Holiday Entertainment

Dollywood’s family favorite shows will be lighting up both indoor and outdoor stages. The festival’s headline show, “Christmas in the Smokies,” has been a must-see for families every Christmas season since it began more than 30 years ago. Families can also enjoy “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “O’ Holy Night,” “Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs,” “The Mistletones,” “Appalachian Christmas with the Smoky Mountain String Band” and more.

Returning for its second year, the “Merry & Bright!” fireworks display is a sparkling ending to a Christmas-cheer filled day at Dollywood. “Merry & Bright!” fills the sky above Dollywood with dazzling lights set to the rhythm of upbeat contemporary holiday hits. The show, which was only on weekends in 2020, was so popular that guests will now be able to experience it every evening of operation during the festival! Families can dance and sing along to favorite Christmas songs as the fireworks shine and shimmer above, allowing families to create one last special memory before leaving the park.

Festive Food Offerings

For those looking to celebrate the holidays with the perfect family meal, Dollywood’s team of chefs have a menu full of culinary surprises sure to delight. From creole-roasted turkey breast and smothered pork loin to braised beef short ribs and lobster bisque, a selection of hearty favorites are sure to remind guests of Christmases past. A number of unique items abound including egg nog cheesecake, hazelnut churros, Santa’s chilled cocoa and more.

World-Class Rides

As always, guests can experience Dollywood’s world-class rides amidst the hustle and bustle of the park during the holidays, as most rides are operational during the Christmas season. Nothing compares to racing quickly through the night sky with millions of lights twinkling below.

No matter what activities are on the Christmas list this year, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is sure to shine a familiar light on holiday traditions that families will share and cherish for years to come.

Glacier Ridge - Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
Showstreet Palace Theater - Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
Craftsman's Valley - Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
Dollywood Express train - Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa

The Christmas fun makes its way to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa with even more ways to help families create memories this holiday season. To create a truly immersive Smoky Mountain Christmas experience, the resort is celebrating the holidays with a variety of festival-inspired activities, crafts, entertainment, décor and culinary options.

The resort’s halls are decked in beautiful décor inspired by warm, rich memories of Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. The centerpiece is an awe-inspiring, two-story Christmas tree that can be seen from both levels of the lobby.

DreamMore Resort’s culinary team is preparing delicious holiday meals in Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery. Guests can gather together to give thanks and enjoy a delicious meal throughout the season, or experience one of three holiday dining experiences—Thanksgiving brunch, a Christmas Eve dinner or a Christmas Day brunch.

On select nights during the week, live entertainers will put guests in the holiday spirit with beloved Christmas tunes, while a special Christmas Tree Show takes place hourly each evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. by The Swimming Hole.

Plan Your Visit

For more information and a park operating calendar, please visit or download the Dollywood app.

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Embrace the Season of Giving With Imagination Library

Published November 5, 2021 / Last Updated November 5, 2021

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Inspires a Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library welcomes the holiday season by celebrating major achievements in literacy while cherishing the gift of quality time with family.

As of November 2021, Dolly’s childhood literacy program has gifted over 170 million books to children across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and the Republic of Ireland. As we enter into the holidays, the Imagination Library continues to embrace the spirit of the season by gifting more books to more children around the world and inspiring us all to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More!

Gifting More Books to More Children

Dolly’s dream has always been to inspire a love of reading among preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. What started in 1995 in Dolly’s hometown of Sevier County, TN, however, has now grown into an international program. While Dolly and the Dollywood Foundation cover many overhead costs and administration needs, the Imagination Library is made possible through funding shared by Dolly Parton and local communities. So, when the program becomes available to children in new areas, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating!

Imagination Library Expands Across Kansas

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, Representative Troy Waymaster and the Kansas Children’s Cabinet recently joined Dolly to announce that the Imagination Library would soon be available to all children under five in Kansas! The goal of the statewide expansion is to make books available to children ages 0-5 in every zip code in Kansas.

Currently Kansas has 82 programs covering portions of 77 of Kansas’ 105 counties. Once full county participation is achieved, Kansas will join only 12 states and the District of Columbia that have earned this distinction. Continue to check availability as the Imagination Library expands programs across the state!

Kentucky Kicks Off Statewide Expansion

Kentucky families are also celebrating after news that the Imagination Library will soon be available to all children under five in the Bluegrass State! Dolly recently announced the statewide expansion of her Imagination Library program in Kentucky, through funding shared by Dolly, the State of Kentucky and local community partnerships.

The Imagination Library of Kentucky expansion will focus on reaching more children and families to increase registration in existing Imagination Library Programs in the state, while finding community partners to start new Imagination Library programs in Kentucky. Visit to learn more and check availability as the program expands across the state!


Cherish The Gift of Quality Family Time

The holidays are special for many reasons, but perhaps most special of all is the quality time spent with family. The holidays are a wonderful time of the year to cozy up with your child and read a good book together! Here are a few of the specially-selected, age-appropriate books going out to registered children this season.


The Snowy Day“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

Perhaps nothing is so magical as waking up to wintery blanket of snow, and this book by Ezra Jack Keats captures that magic beautifully!



Counting On Snow“Counting on Snow” by Maxwell Newhouse

The gorgeous illustrations in this book by folk artist Maxwell Newhouse provide a lovely introduction to numbers and the animals of the northern wilderness.



Otto the Book Bear in the Snow“Otto the Book Bear in the Snow” by Katie Cleminson

Otto is a bear who lives in a book in the library with his friend, Ernest. Read about their incredible adventure through the snow as they try to get back to the library for the special winter party!


Show Your Thanks by Giving

Join in the spirit of the season and share the gift of literacy with families in your community by donating to your local Imagination Library!  A donation as small as $25 covers the cost of providing an Imagination Library book to a child each month for 1 year!

New to the Imagination Library?

Check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

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‘Tis the Season for Swashbuckling Adventure at Pirates Voyage!

Published November 4, 2021 / Last Updated November 4, 2021

Create Lasting Holiday Memories With the Fun, Feast & Adventure of Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show!

Sail into a season of adventure at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! Celebrate all of the things that make the holidays special as you treat the family to a swashbuckling dinner spectacular, located in Pigeon Forge, TN, and Myrtle Beach, SC!

Celebrate the Pirate Spirit in Pigeon Forge

Nothing makes the holidays more special than spending quality time with family. And, one of the best times your family can have together is at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! With daring sword fights, blazing cannons, mystical mermaids and much more, Pirates Voyage combines fun, fantasy and adventure to make for an unforgettable dinner experience worth visiting year after year.

And, It wouldn’t be the holiday season without having a bountiful meal with family. Me Hearties Feast will satisfy even the most hungry swashbucklers right as the action begins! This delicious four-course feast includes a Buccaneer Biscuit, Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken, Sugar-Cured Ham, Corn on the Cob, Herb-Basted Potato, Walk the Plank Peach Turnover and unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea, or coffee.

Embark on a High Seas Holiday Adventure in Myrtle Beach

In Myrtle Beach, high tide meets the yuletide in a thrilling holiday spectacular, offering a variety of fun and entertainment that will make for lasting holiday memories for everyone who attends. Join Captain Scrooge and his cavalier crew for a swashbuckling spin on the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” taking you on a journey through Christmas past, present and future. Guests will be thrilled by an epic battle between the crimson and emerald pirates as they compete for the coveted Christmas treasure, and gaze in awe and wonder at a live Nativity as an angel appears with a special message for landlubbers and pirates alike.

Guests are served a mouthwatering four-course holiday feast straight from Captain Scrooge’s galley during their voyage. The meal begins with voyager creamy vegetable soup and buccaneer bread. The feast fit for a pirate continues with a half o’ roasted cackler (chicken), pulled barbeque pork, cob o’ buttery corn, and a pirate herb-basted potato. Apple o’ me eye pie and unlimited Coca-Cola® products, tea or coffee complete the meal.

Make Plans

Celebrate the Fun, Feast & Adventure of the holiday season at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, located in Pigeon Forge, TN, and Myrtle Beach, SC! What are ye waiting for, matey? Visit Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show to book your tickets today!

Team Dolly‘Tis the Season for Swashbuckling Adventure at Pirates Voyage!