Dolly Celebrates Her Favorite Time of Year and Embraces the Beauty of Fall

As summertime comes to a close, the days start to get shorter, and we all get to slow down a bit to appreciate the beauty that arrives with autumn. Dolly ushers in a celebration of this wonderful season by sharing everything she loves about her favorite time of year.

“I love fall. It’s my favorite time of the year,” Dolly shared. “I love all the fun, the food, the beautiful leaves… I love all of God’s beauty and the fall, I think, shows it almost more than any other part of the year.”


Dollywood welcomes guests to celebrate the splendor of autumn during their annual Harvest Festival, happening September 24-October 30. The popular event, which includes the family-friendly Great Pumpkin LumiNights, features all of the fun, flavorful food and award-winning entertainment that make this a must-see experience for your family this fall!

Dolly’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge and Branson welcomes families to saddle up for an autumn adventure filled with thrilling horse riding stunts, while enjoying a bountiful four-course feast. Buccaneers of all ages will enjoy visiting Pirates Voyage in Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach, where a swashbuckling adventure awaits!

Fall for the Sights, Sounds and Smells at Dollywood


Library of Congress

Dolly’s Imagination Library received one of the highest literacy honors from the Library of Congress for its dedication to inspiring a love of reading in children. The Library of Congress awarded the Imagination Library with the $150,000 David M. Rubenstein Prize for its work in gifting more than 167 million books to children around the world.

Emmy Win

"Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square" wins two Emmy Awards

During the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, Dolly won her first Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie as executive producer of her Netflix holiday musical, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.” The film’s choreographer, Debbie Allen, also took home an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography For Scripted Programming.

TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine has named Dolly Parton among the 100 most influential people of 2021, with a foreword written by her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. Dolly is one of only two country artists, along with Kane Brown, who earned a coveted spot on the list, announced on Wednesday, September 15.


“Eagle When She Flies”

Dolly has partnered with award-winning Puerto Rican musician José Feliciano to add some “new flair” to her song, “Eagle When She Flies,” in a new recording of the country music classic.

Dolly – Scent From Above

Dolly’s first-ever signature fragrance in partnership with Scent Beauty is now available! Dolly – Scent From Above transports us to a place where everything is possible. Flowers blossom with rhinestone hearts and playful butterflies. Notes of mandarin, peony blossoms, jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, musk and patchouli are truly Scent from Above.


Fall is an inspiring time of year, not just in the Great Smoky Mountains where Dolly grew up, but God’s beauty can be seen all around us. As the leaves change and autumn colors burst forth, take time to reflect and embrace the beauty found in our own lives.

“Everything’s Beautiful (In its Own Way)”

Words can’t describe what I feel inside
When I see the beauty in each coming day
What my eyes behold can’t be bought or sold
And everything’s beautiful in its own way
Dolly Parton Signature Logo

"Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle Of Love" receives Emmy nomination for Outstanding Television Movie!

On July 13, the Television Academy announced nominations for the 69th Emmy® Awards. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington along with Anna Chlumsky from the HBO series "Veep" and Shemar Moore from CBS’ "S.W.A.T." hosted the ceremony. "Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle Of Love" is among those recognized by the organization. This second installment of Dolly’s four-movie deal with NBC is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. Dolly said,

"I am so very proud and excited to have ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ be nominated for an Emmy award. Special thanks to my partner and executive producer Sam Haskell, a wonderful cast and crew, Steve Herek (our producer) and Pamela Long for a great script. And a special thanks to all of the many fans that watched it."

In the two-hour movie, the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of East Tennessee, face a devastating event, challenging their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever — with deepened faith and love for one another. Jennifer Nettles, who plays Dolly’s mother in the film, said,

“This project for me was a celebration of the family and the beautiful story of Miss Dolly Parton. Each day I played Avie Lee Parton was a joy. For "Christmas of Many Colors" to be nominated and celebrated further by the Emmy's, thrills me.”

Live Telecast

The 69th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Watch on Sunday, September 17 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on CBS. Stephen Colbert will serve as host. White Cherry Entertainment will produce the 69th Emmy Awards. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner are executive producers. Weiss is the director. And Chris Licht, executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is a producer.

Outstanding Television Movie Nominees

Here is a list of works nominated alongside "Christmas of Many Colors."

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero • Netflix • House of Tomorrow
  • Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love • NBC • Dixie Pixie Productions, Magnolia Hill Productions, Warner Bros. Television
  • The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks • HBO • HBO Films in association with Your Face Goes Here Entertainment and Harpo Films
  • Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood Films in co-production with Masterpiece
  • The Wizard Of Lies • HBO • HBO Films in association with Tribeca Productions and Levinson/Fontana Productions

See a full list of Emmy nominees

About "Christmas of Many Colors"

Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, and Gerald McCraney co-starred in the holiday movie. The film aired on NBC, with Dolly Parton making a special guest appearance. In addition to the Emmy nomination, "Christmas of Many Colors" earned the Movieguide® Epiphany Prize. The family-focused film also received honors at the 68th Annual Christopher Awards.

Past Nominations

This nomination marks Dolly's second Emmy nod. She received her first in 1978. Her appearance on the one-time television special "Cher…Special" earned Dolly a nomination for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music.

Dolly Parton recalls her emotions when watching herself portrayed on screen by Alyvia Alyn Lind in an interview with Gold Derby!

In an interview with Gold Derby’s Chris Beachum, Dolly Parton talks about how she was moved to tears by “Christmas of Many Colors.” She shares her emotional reaction to both NBC movies based on her life.

Shortly before the premiere of the first film, Dolly joined her sister Stella Parton for a private screening. Dolly recalled the overwhelming feelings of nostalgia. She remembers saying,

“How amazing is this to be here holding hands as sisters like when we were little kids, and somebody in the movies playing us... It was very, very moving. Very touching.”

 “Coat of Many Colors” (2015) and “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” (2016) were both ratings smashes for NBC. The cast of stars including Ricky Schroder (Lee Parton), Jennifer Nettles (Avie Lee Parton), Gerald McRaney (Rev. Jake Owens) and Alyvia Alyn Lind (Little Dolly) all delivered moving performances in both films.

Gold Derby reports the network plans repeat airings for many years to come. In addition, the first two films were part of a four movie deal between Dolly and NBC. “Jolene” is said to be the subject of the next release. Unlike the first two, the next film will be based on Dolly’s song rather than her life and will veer from the faith-based, family focused genre. Dolly said,

“Jolene, of course, in the song was a flamboyant girl that was out to steal somebody’s man but she has redeeming qualities.”

Dolly continues the interview by reflecting on receiving awards such as the Kennedy Center Honors, dear friends including Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and much more.

About Gold Derby

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Video produced by David Janove and Andrew Merrill

‘Kenny, Dolly and Willie: Something Inside So Strong,’ 1989 television special featuring Dolly, Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson

"Kenny, Dolly and Willie: Something Inside So Strong" was taped as part of a live concert for NASA employees and their families. During the show, the three friends took turns singing each other’s hits in a medley of songs which included "Two Doors Down" and "Real Love."

The special’s finale featured Kenny, Dolly and Willie singing "Something Inside So Strong." It became NBC's highest rated variety show and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series.

Cher and Dolly appear together in 'Cher…Special'

On April 3,1978, Dolly appeared on a one-time television special titled, 'Cher... Special.' The show was a variety/musical featuring Cher with special guests including Rod Stewart, The Tubes and Dolly. Each guest performed musical numbers as well as rehearsed comedic sketches. Dolly earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety or Musical Special.




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