Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is underway now through Jan. 3, 2021.
And as a special treat to promote Dolly Parton’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas theme park event, the Appalachian queen herself is sharing her most cherished Christmas memories as well as her favorite things about Christmas at Dollywood.
Dolly Parton on the meaning of Christmas
In the exclusive interview, which is embedded below, Dolly says that Christmas to her means the birth of Jesus Christ.
“Well, Christmas personally to me means the birth of Jesus Christ, who I’m so happy every year to say, ‘Happy birthday, dear Jesus,'” says Dolly.
“The other part is being with family, eating all that food – eating as much as you can, not feeling guilty about it til the first of the year trying to get that all off of you. But just being with family and friends,” she says.
She goes on to say that it’s overall a joyful time. And it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the colors and everything that goes along with Christmas.
We can certainly see her love for the holiday shine at her namesake park!
Dolly Parton’s most cherished Christmas memories
Dolly says she has many cherished memories.
“Christmas in the Smokies is absolutely beautiful,” she says.
But overall, two memories in particular stand out to her.
The first Christmas memory is the year that her brother Randy was born around Christmas.
Dolly jokes that they wanted a “walkin’, talkin'” doll that year. But instead, they got the real thing.
Randy inspired the song “You Are My Christmas”, which is on the new album “A Holly Dolly Christmas”.
Her brother accompanies her on the song.
The second memory Dolly shares is about the year that the whole family pitched in to make sure her mother finally could get a wedding band.
Dolly tells it the best, so you’ll have to watch the video below to get the full story!
Dolly Parton’s favorite thing about Christmas at Dollywood
I imagine that picking your favorite thing about your namesake theme park is kind of like picking a favorite child.
Perhaps this is why Dolly says that her favorite thing about Christmas at Dollywood is everything.
“It’s really got something for everybody,” Dolly says. “And it’s beautiful, and it’s joyful, and it’s just perfect.”
Dolly Parton’s thoughts on Dollywood as a holiday tradition
Dolly says she loves that people come to Dollywood as part of their family traditions year after year.
“People come from all over the country, even all over the world now, because word gets around,” Dolly says.
“It’s just like a wonderland, and everybody loves all the music that goes with Christmas,” she says.
Having a theme park like Dollywood that offers food, drinks and decorations can take the stress off of families from having to do everything themselves.
“It’s just like, you don’t have to do all that at home. You can get out and go somewhere,” she says. “It gives you somewhere to go, gives you something to look forward to, and just make it like a winter vacation.”
What is Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas?
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is an award-winning event that features millions of lights, more lighted Christmas trees than ever before, and live music and shows throughout the theme park.
All new this year is the Santa’s Naughty or Nice List, an immersive experience where kids of all ages can visit Santa’s Smoky Mountain cabin and find out whether or not they made Santa’s Nice List this year.
Also new this year is the “Merry & Bright” fireworks display, which will shoot off on select nights during the winter event.
Dollywood is located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Dolly Parton’s newest holiday releases
Dolly has been doing a lot of interviews lately promoting her new book Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.
She also released her album recently, which is available on Spotify. Her new movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” is also now streaming on Netflix.
I know her new book Songteller is on my wish list! What are YOUR favorite Christmas traditions? Share them below!