'Tis the season of joy, and as the holidays unfold, Dolly is cranking up the holiday spirit with an abundance of sparkle and rockin' resonance that truly make this time of year magical. With falling snowflakes and festive Christmas vibes in the air, she welcomes you to share in the celebration of everything she cherishes about the holiday season.
“Christmas is that wonderful time of the year when hearts are warmer and spirits shine brighter,” Dolly shared. “The festive music and beautiful decorations seem to bring out the childlike wonder in all of us, and we’re reminded to believe in miracles and spread love to everyone around us."
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas (Nov. 4–Jan. 6, 2024) captivates visitors with the rich essence of the holiday season, thanks to its gleaming lights, award-winning stage productions, Christmas culinary masterpieces and warm family customs.
The 15-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event boasts more than 6 million dazzling, shimmering lights throughout the park, but the newest ones will fly high above the park each evening as part of a stunning holiday drone show. This larger-than-life display illuminates the season with hundreds of drones soaring in the air, riveting guests with an awe-inspiring new show.
Dolly Parton welcomed guests on Friday, November 3, to the official grand opening of Dollywood's HeartSong Lodge & Resort. The lodge marks the second world-class resort created by Dolly and Dollywood Parks & Resorts, further expanding the premier family destination located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
In May 2024, the Dolly Parton Experience is slated to open with a number of interactive elements to make guests feel as if they are journeying alongside Dolly from her childhood cabin in Locust Ridge to performing on the grandest stages around the world. Housed in multiple buildings, the multi-faceted experience includes exhibits which span her iconic career, a look at the inspiration for her biggest dreams, the importance of her family and even a specially curated exhibit that highlights Dolly’s signature style through the years.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede, in both Pigeon Forge, TN, and Branson, MO, welcomes families to celebrate the spirit of the season with an amazing Christmas spectacular filled with festive horse-riding stunts, stirring holiday music, a beautiful live nativity and a four-course holiday feast.
Set sail on an epic holiday journey at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! Located in both Pigeon Forge, TN, and Branson, MO, treat the family to a swashbuckling dinner and heave-ho your way into a spectacular show filled with thrills and excitement for everyone!
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library recently celebrated the significant milestone of gifting 200 million books globally! To mark this achievement, seven families across five countries found golden Dolly bookmarks hidden within their Imagination Library books in September, unlocking a special video chat with Dolly and more surprises.
Furthering its mission to inspire a love of reading in children, Dolly’s Imagination Library program continues to expand to new areas, most recently rolling out new statewide programs in Louisiana and Missouri. These expansions provide access to free books, inspiring children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More!
Dolly released the latest track from her new Rockstar album - a powerful duet of "Wrecking Ball" with her fairy goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. The dynamic pair first performed the track on Miley's New Year’s Eve Party, which aired live on NBC.
Purchase Dolly’s new Rockstar album as a 4 LP set, 2 CD set or digital download, as well as exclusive limited edition Rockstar box sets and merchandise!
The holiday season is a time for kindness in our hearts, the enduring love of our families, the joy of laughter shared with our friends and the warmth of gratitude. Let's continue to embrace this spirit, spreading happiness and cheer to all those we encounter. It's the perfect time to celebrate and revel in the magic that comes this time of year. So, let's fill the air with festive melodies and make lasting memories as we celebrate a joyful holiday season we will cherish for years to come.
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 2023, Dolly’s childhood literacy program has gifted over 224 million books to children across the U.S., Canada, the 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!
To celebrate the significant milestone of gifting over 200 Million Books globally, seven golden Dolly bookmarks were randomly hidden inside Imagination Library books gifted during International Literacy Month (September).
In October, it was announced that all seven bookmarks were found by children in five different countries (Portland, Victoria, Australia; South Lanarkshire, Scotland; Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Ontario, Canada; Beaver, Oklahoma; Clay, New York; and Sterling, Illinois). These families received (if they chose) a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – a video chat with Dolly, herself! They also received a personalized signed letter from Dolly, an autographed photo from Dolly, and four Dollywood Theme Park tickets. To mark this tremendous milestone, The Dollywood Foundation will be donating $2,000 USD/CAD/AUD or £2,000 GBP on behalf of the child to their Local Imagination Library Partner in their community as a thank you to whom Dolly calls, the true heroes of her program.
Congratulations to these seven lucky families and thanks to our partners & supporters for this huge milestone!
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, 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 community partners. So, when the program becomes available to children in new areas, it's an accomplishment worth celebrating!
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently joined Dolly Parton, the faculty and students of Crestworth Early Learning Center, East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Sito Narcisse, and local leaders to announce the statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Currently, Louisiana has 32 programs covering portions of 30 parishes in Louisiana. Nearly 19,000 eligible children in the state are currently receiving free books through these existing programs. The goal of the statewide expansion is to make books available to children ages 0-5 in every parish in Louisiana. Visit imaginationlibrary.com to learn more and check availability as the program expands across the state!
Missouri Governor Michael Parson recently joined Dolly Parton to announce the statewide expansion of her namesake Imagination Library book-gifting program. Missouri is the latest state to commit to achieving statewide coverage, with Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education(DESE) announcing that 100% funding for books and mailing for every child will be made possible by legislation (Section 178.694 RSMo. and DESE FY2024 budget) for many years to come.
To receive these books, all parents or guardians need to do is register their children in the program. High-quality, age-appropriate books are then mailed each month to the name of the child enrolled. Visit imaginationlibrary.com to learn more and register a child.
The holidays are special for many reasons, but perhaps the most special of all is the quality time spent with family. It’s a wonderful time of 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.
Embrace the magic of winter with this heartwarming story that celebrates the simple joys of a snowy day and the power of mindfulness.
This lovely picture book teaches your tots all about winter clothing and how to dress for colder weather.
This easy-to-read picture book introduces your child to the magic, fun and beauty of snow!
Join in the spirit of the season and give the gift of reading with families in your community by donating to your local Imagination Library! A donation as small as $26* covers the cost of providing an Imagination Library book to a child each month for one year!
*Notates USA. Annual cost varies per country.
As summer slips away, the days get shorter and the air gets crisper, giving us the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf and welcome the fresh energy that comes with fall. As a true lover of all things autumn, Dolly shares what makes this one of her most favorite times of the year.
“Fall has always had a special place in my heart,” Dolly shared. “It’s like the world is putting on a show with all those colorful leaves. It’s a time when everything’s changing…and that reminds all of us that a little bit of change can be beautiful.”
This fall, Dolly is not only enjoying the beauty of the season, but she’s been busy making new music and reaching new milestones, imparting an air of excitement into the autumn months that lie ahead.
This year, Dollywood took top honors at the Golden Ticket Awards by claiming the award for Best Park, following several years’ worth of recognition of Dollywood’s top status within the theme park industry. Dolly Parton was also personally recognized with the prestigious Industry Legends Golden Ticket Award. Dollywood received finalist placement in ten total categories and achieved a record-breaking five Golden Ticket Awards, securing its place as the world’s most-honored theme park.
Dollywood welcomes guests to celebrate the splendor of autumn during their annual Harvest Festival, happening September 20 – 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!
Take the reins this fall and experience an unforgettable autumn adventure at Dolly Parton’s Stampede! With locations in both Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN, there’s no better place to celebrate the fall season. Enjoy thrilling horse riding stunts, stunning musical productions, breathtaking aerial performances, and a delicious four-course feast when you visit this family-friendly, world-class dinner attraction.
For an unforgettable autumn adventure, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is the place to be this fall. This popular dinner attraction has locations in Pigeon Forge, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC, taking guests on an epic pirate journey featuring high seas escapades and romance, complemented with a hearty four- course pirate feast.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library enters the fall season with over 200 Million Reasons to Celebrate, having now gifted over 218 million books to children across the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. With the significant achievement of full statewide coverage in Kansas and Washington and the rollout of new statewide programs in Alabama and Indiana, they’re expanding access to free books, inspiring children everywhere to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More!
Dolly’s latest single and music video from her upcoming Rockstar album is now available. A stirring rendition of the ‘90s hit, “What’s Up?” features the song’s writer and lead singer, Linda Perry. In this song about the at-times, overwhelming pressures of the world around us and the need for release, Dolly’s angelic and hopeful voice ushers in a sense of promise for a better tomorrow.
Dolly was joined by fellow musical titans Paul McCartney (vocals/piano), Ringo Starr (drums), Peter Frampton (guitar) and Mick Fleetwood (additional percussion) to create an iconic rendition of the classic Beatles hit, “Let It Be,” for her upcoming Rockstar album.
Dolly collaborated with NBCUniversal on the video for her new song “We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You,” which will be used to promote NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Olympic Games Paris that begin in summer 2024. A huge fan of the Olympics and Team USA, Dolly aligned with NBCU to produce an Olympic-themed video that celebrates the athletes and gets people excited about next year’s Games in Paris.
For the first time, Dolly’s taking to Pinterest to give Pinners an insider’s look into her story, style and inspiration, from past to present. Like her beloved “Coat of Many Colors,” a lifetime of moments are weaved together, across a colorway of boards, Pin-by-Pin, to showcase “Dollycore” like never before on her Official Pinterest Profile.
Autumn invites us to embrace its soothing sounds, from the gentle rustle of leaves to the rhythmic patter of rain. Take a moment to step outside and allow these simple melodies to serenade your soul. Within the serenity of these moments, you’ll discover the profound beauty of fall.
I can hear the wind go whistling through the treetops
I hear raindrops falling softly to the ground
In the distance I can hear the roar of thunder
Seems there’s sounds of nature all around
Sounds of nature fill the air with music
How I love and cherish every sound
I often kneel in prayer to thank the Master
For the sounds of nature all around
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library enters the fall season by celebrating new achievements in its statewide expansion efforts and encouraging good reading habits with an imaginative selection of fall books!
Dolly’s book-gifting program has over 200 Million Reasons to Celebrate, having now gifted over 218 million books to children across the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. As we embark upon the fall season, the Imagination Library continues to inspire more children around the world to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More!
Dolly’s renowned early childhood literacy program has recently made significant strides in expanding its reach by launching 2 statewide expansions in Indiana and Alabama, with a goal of one day soon providing full statewide access to free books for all children under five in these states.
In Indiana, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is available in 54 counties and is partially available in eight counties, with expansion plans to soon fully cover the entire state – all 92 counties.
Alabama’s program currently has 55 operating local program partners covering portions of Alabama’s 67 counties. The Imagination Library of Alabama expansion will focus on finding community partners to start new Imagination Library programs to eventually reach full coverage across the entire state. These expansions mark an exciting development in providing access to free books for children in these states, furthering the program’s mission of inspiring a love of reading and learning in children from birth to age five.
Dolly Parton recently visited Imagination Library Statewide Celebrations in Kansas and Washington, which marked the significant achievement of full statewide coverage to every child under five in these states.
Governor Kelly welcomed Dolly to Kansas for the Statewide Celebration of the Imagination Library held on August 14, designating it as "Imagination Library of Kansas Day." The celebration, attended by nearly 500 supporters of the program and special guests hosted by the Imagination Library of Kansas, marked the expansion of the Imagination Library to cover the entire state of Kansas, while highlighting the program's significant impact, offering an inspiring example of its mission to provide every child with the gift of reading.
On August 15, Dolly visited Washington to commemorate the "Imagination Library of Washington Day" during a Statewide Celebration of her Imagination Library. This event marked the expansion of the Imagination Library to all Washington counties, extending its reach to all children under five across the state. Hosted by the Imagination Library of Washington, the celebratory event featured a fireside chat with Dolly Parton, small performance, and recognition of champions from across the state who are making Dolly’s dream possible for Washington’s earliest learners.
In celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library reaching the incredible milestone of gifting over 200 million books worldwide, an exciting initiative went underway this September for International Literacy Month. Over 2,800 local partners worldwide have contributed to this achievement by gifting books each month to children.
During the month of September, seven magical Dolly bookmarks were discreetly placed inside Imagination Library books provided to children and families enrolled in the program around the world. Seven fortunate recipients from five different countries who discover these hidden bookmarks in their books will have the chance to enjoy a video chat with Dolly, receive a personalized signed letter, an autographed photo, and four Dollywood Theme Park tickets if they wish. As a gesture of gratitude to the program's dedicated local program partners, the Dollywood Foundation will also donate $2,000 USD/CAD/AUD or £2,000 GBP to the Local Imagination Library Partner, recognizing them as the true heroes of Dolly's initiative.
If you have a child who is enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, check inside your September book now to see if you are one of the lucky families!
To learn more, visit www.imaginationlibrary.com/200-million-books.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading and learning by gifting books, free of charge, to families via funding shared by Dolly and local community partners. Fall is a beautiful time of year to spark the imagination, not only by spending more time enjoying fall festivities, but also by spending more time reading! Here are a few of the specially selected, age-appropriate books going out to registered children this fall.
Everybody loves the story of the curious little girl named Goldilocks, who made herself quite at home in the house of the three bears. Jan Brett’s lavish illustrations for this classic tale, full of details and surprises, gives this edition a special flair. Children will marvel at the enchanted world created herein.
Acclaimed paper artist Elly MacKay illustrates a lovely family narrative through the use of weather sayings, creating a beautiful and informational story which will appeal to a child’s fascination with the natural world.
A little boy says goodnight to all his toys, but who is the favourite? Why, it's Tractor of course! With a rhyming text, atmospheric illustrations and plenty of animal sounds to join in with, Goodnight Tractor will help your little darlings go to bed and stay there.
The sun is shining, the days are longer, and summer is officially in full swing! As a true lover of all things summer, Dolly embraces the joy, warmth and freedom that this time of year brings.
“Summer is when everything comes alive,” Dolly says. “It’s a time to let loose, have fun and create unforgettable memories.”
This summer, Dolly is not only enjoying the simple pleasures of the season, she’s been busy making headlines with her latest projects and achievements, giving everyone even more reason to celebrate alongside her as she continues to soar to new heights.
Dolly joined forces with some of Rock music’s most legendary artists, along with today’s biggest stars, for her first-ever Rock album, Rockstar. Inspired by her 2022 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dolly teamed up with an all-star roster of musicians for the 30-song collection, which includes 9 original tracks and 21 iconic rock anthems. Releasing November 17, 2023, Rockstar is now available for pre-order and will also be available as a 4 LP set, 2 CD set, digital download and for streaming on all digital service platforms.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library opens a new chapter this summer as they celebrate a huge milestone in early childhood literacy, surpassing 200 million books gifted globally since 1995, thanks to over 2,800 local affiliates around the world who are dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books each month to children. With the rollout of new statewide programs in California and Montana, they’re expanding access to free books, inspiring children everywhere to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More!
Stampede into summer fun at the world’s most visited dinner attraction, Dolly Parton’s Stampede. With locations in Branson, MO, and Pigeon Forge, TN, get ready for friendly competition, thrilling horse riding stunts, phenomenal musical productions and more — not to mention a delicious four-course feast!
Are you ready to spend your summer on a swashbuckling adventure? Visit Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Myrtle Beach, SC, or Pigeon Forge, TN. Both locations take guests on an epic pirate journey featuring high seas escapades and romance, complemented with a hearty four- course pirate feast.
Experience the ultimate summer adventure at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration (June 17 – Aug. 6). With thrilling rides, captivating shows and the new Big Bear Mountain attraction, this summer will be unforgettable. Enjoy the mesmerizing “Sweet Summer Nights” with dazzling drones and fireworks, interactive water shows, bubble-filled fun, live entertainment and delicious seasonal treats. With extended park hours, guests can make memories until 9:30 p.m. and stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa for a complete summer getaway.
Nestled adjacent to Dollywood theme park, there is no better way to spend the hotter, longer days than at Dollywood’s Splash Country. East Tennessee’s friendliest water park is now open for its 23rd season until September 10, with more shade, more food and more opportunities to make a splash all summer long.
Bookings have begun for Dollywood’s newest resort property, the much-anticipated HeartSong Lodge & Resort, where guests can start making reservations for stays this fall. The earliest available stay date is November 3, 2023. Created with the same award-winning service and attention to detail made famous at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, HeartSong Lodge & Resort adds to the welcoming hospitality offerings guests have come to expect when visiting Dollywood Parks & Resorts.
Dolly keeps making waves with her upcoming Rockstar album, releasing on November 17. Witness Dolly’s rock star dominance as “Bygones” (ft. Rob Halford) with special guests Nikki Sixx & John 5 becomes her 2nd consecutive #1 self-penned rock song on the Classic Rock Songs chart, following the smash hit “World On Fire,” as seen in her electrifying performance at the ACM Awards! Plus, don’t miss “Magic Man (Carl Version)” (ft. Ann Wilson) with special guest Howard Leese. Get ready for rock and roll magic!
In a thrilling new collaboration, Dolly joins forces with fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Slash and talented Chris Janson in their latest song, “21 Forever.” The soaring track is now available to stream, from Chris Jansen’s album The Outlaw Side of Me.
As we savor the sun-kissed days and embrace the carefree spirit of summer, let’s celebrate the happy moments, big and small, that make this season so wonderful.
Sittin’ on the front porch on a summer afternoon
In a straightback chair on two legs, leaned against the wall
Watch the kids a playin’ with June bugs on a string
And chase the glowin’ fireflies when evening shadows fall
In my Tennessee mountain home
Life is as peaceful as a baby’s sigh
In my Tennessee mountain home
Crickets sing in the fields near by