Dolly’s Christmas Traditions And A Note To Jolene

Published December 22, 2020 / Last Updated December 22, 2020

Dolly shares some special Christmas stories and sends a holiday message to Jolene.

It’s Christmas and Dolly is sharing a few of her favorite childhood memories. She recalls the excitement in their home when it came time to get and decorate a tree. This tender memory comes to life within the lyrics of “Comin’ Home For Christmas.” The handmade ornaments and tinfoil star were some of the most treasured in those days, mainly because of the special care and love her mother put into the preparations. Dolly said,

“In those early days, we didn’t even have electricity so we didn’t have electric lights for it. Mama was always great with making things out of colored paper or different rags that she would tie. We could make bows out of colored rags…Mama always made everything special.”

Dolly shares this memory and more in her Christmas message. She also adds a last-minute holiday message for Jolene.

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Culinary Creations Abound At Dollywood

Published December 18, 2020 / Last Updated December 18, 2020
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Guests can enjoy sweet treats including potato candy and beautifully decorated cookies at Dollywood during Smoky Mountain Christmas.

This year’s event features more than five million lights and the return of indoor entertainment. Also, beginning Friday, December 18, guests can enjoy nightly fireworks as Dollywood ends 2020 with a bang!

During Smoky Mountain Christmas, Dollywood guests love the special culinary items available throughout the park. With many families creating their own holiday meals this season, culinary hosts are providing a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most popular items.

Potato Candy

In this video, Verlee Curtis tells the story behind a regional (and Dollywood) favorite, potato candy. Look for this Appalachian favorite in Dollywood’s Sweet Shoppe.

Decorating Tips From The Pros

Dollywood’s Head Pastry Chef, Giget Davis provides tips to help your family decorate homemade cookies this holiday season.

For more information about this year’s festival and a park operating calendar, please visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

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Behind-The-Scenes Look At Dollywood’s 2020 Santa Visits

Published December 3, 2020 / Last Updated December 3, 2020
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Dollywood shares a special look at their 2020 take on the traditional Santa visit.

Many families make a visit with Santa at Dollywood a part of their special holiday tradition. Dollywood’s hard-working team created the perfect solution for that all-important chat. Santa’s List…Naughty or Nice is the best way to see Santa this year and we know families are going to embrace this new take on a cherished classic. Bernard, one of the elves who traveled with Santa to Dollywood—shares what guests will experience this year.

For the kids—and kids at heart—wondering what the Jolly Old Elf is up to this year, Dollywood shines a little light on Old Saint Nick’s home away from home. When he isn’t hard at work at the North Pole, Santa likes to visit East Tennessee and his favorite Smoky Mountain songstress, Dolly! Thanks to this brand-new experience, guests literally can see inside Santa’s cabin in the Smokies as he reviews…the list! Kids discover whether their name is on the naughty or nice list, and they even have their photo made as they peer through the window during this once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch Santa at work.

This season’s Christmas event at Dollywood features more than five million lights, the return of indoor entertainment including the guest-favorite Christmas in the Smokies, and seasonal culinary offerings like the new Blue Ribbon Buffet. For more information about this year’s festival and a park operating calendar, please visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

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Dolly’s Epic CMT Channel Takeover On Saturday, December 5

Published December 1, 2020 / Last Updated December 1, 2020
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Join Dolly for an all-day Christmas extravaganza with “CMT’s Holly Dolly Christmas Movie Marathon” featuring classic holiday films, Dolly-themed “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” episode and more.

Tis the season to be Dolly! Today, CMT and global music icon Dolly Parton announced an epic all-day Christmas extravaganza on Saturday, December 5. “CMT’s Holly Dolly Christmas Movie Marathon” will feature a full Dolly channel takeover that includes a holiday movie marathon, classic music videos, a full episode of “CMT Hot 20 Countdown,” personal anecdotes from Dolly and more.

Kicking off the holiday festivities will be an entirely Dolly-themed episode of “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” airing at 9am ET/8am CT. Hosted by CMT’s Cody Alan and Katie Cook, the show will welcome Dolly as its only guest of the weekend to chat about her new album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, preview the holiday movie marathon and take a look back at her 30+ year history with CMT.

The main event – “CMT’s Holly Dolly Christmas Movie Marathon” – will begin directly following the episode and feature the most iconic Dolly films of all time: Coat of Many Colors, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, Unlikely Angel and Steel Magnolias. Throughout the marathon, fans can expect some fun Dolly surprises including personal holiday reflections and Christmas memories from Dolly herself, a tease for her upcoming CBS special and much more to make this ‘Holly Dolly Christmas’ truly unforgettable.

For more information, visit CMT.com.

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Dolly’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” Performance

Published November 19, 2020 / Last Updated November 19, 2020

Dolly Parton will join a host of stars for NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

Additional performances by Kelly Clarkson, Goo Goo Dolls, Earth, Wind & Fire, Brett Eldredge, Jimmy Fallon, Tori Kelly, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Dan + Shay, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Cast of “Ain’t Too Proud” and the Radio City Rockettes

NBC is ringing in the holiday season with its iconic “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

Viewers will be treated to festive performances by Kelly Clarkson, Goo Goo Dolls, Earth, Wind & Fire, Brett Eldredge, Jimmy Fallon, Tori Kelly, Leslie Odom Jr., Dolly Parton, Pentatonix, Dan + Shay, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. The evening includes a special holiday treat with Clarkson and Eldredge performing together, along with duets featuring Parton and Fallon, and Trainor and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire. The cast from the Tony Award-winning hit “Ain’t Too Proud” will perform a musical number and the Radio City Rockettes will also make an appearance.

Clarkson, Parton, Pentatonix, Stefani, and Trainor will perform at various locations around the country.

NBC News’ TODAY co-anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, and Al Roker will host.

Prior to the primetime telecast, an additional live hour of the special will be broadcast on all NBC Owned Television Stations as well as many of the NBC affiliates (7-8 p.m. ET. Check local listings). The regional hour will be co-hosted by “Access Hollywood’s” Mario Lopez along with NBC4 New York’s Natalie Pasquarella and David Ushery. Check local listings

“Every year our viewers look forward to NBC’s iconic tree-lighting ceremony,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs, NBC Entertainment. “There’s something special about kicking off the holiday season with such an awe-inspiring event.”

The tradition of the Rockefeller Christmas tree dates back to 1931 during the Great Depression. The first official tree-lighting ceremony occurred two years later in 1933 in front of the then eight-month-old RCA Building (the current Comcast Building). The Christmas tree gathering was enhanced in 1936 with the opening of the Rockefeller Plaza outdoor ice-skating pond. NBC-TV televised the tree lighting for the first time in 1951 on “The Kate Smith Show” and as part of the nationwide “Howdy Doody” television show from 1953-55.

The 88th annual holiday special will celebrate the lighting of a 75-foot tall, 45-foot wide Norway Spruce from Oneonta, N.Y. The tree weighs approximately 11 tons. It will be adorned with more than 50,000 multi-colored LEDs and will be topped with a stunning Swarovski star.

NBCUniversal will continue its partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation for the 12th year in a row to support tree-planting efforts across the United States. For each of the 50,000 bulbs decorating the Spruce, NBCUniversal will plant a tree in areas that have been affected by wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. This ongoing partnership is an important annual tradition that has helped to restore forests for future generations to enjoy.

After the tree leaves Rockefeller Center, it will be milled into lumber for donation to Habitat for Humanity and used to build homes in the region.

While the holidays are a time of celebration, there are also many families who are facing extraordinary challenges. At key moments throughout the night, viewers will have the opportunity to donate to Red Nose Day in support of children and families facing hunger and food insecurity this holiday season. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 1 in 4 children in the U.S., or around 18 million, have faced food insecurity in 2020 and may not know where their next meal will come from – a critical issue that has been significantly worsened by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Money raised during the broadcast will support programs providing meals to children and families as well as helping to address child hunger and long-term food insecurity both domestically and internationally.

With health and safety the highest concern, there will be no public access to the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. The public is invited to view the live national broadcast “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” from home on NBC.

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken will co-executive produce and Debbie Palacio directs.

For more information on “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” visit NBC.com and the NBC Universal Media Village website at NBCUMV.com.

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