Dolly Parton Breaks Down Holiday Schedule: ‘I’m a Busy Girl’

by Clayton Edwards
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It’s no secret that Dolly Parton loves Christmas. Less than a year ago, she dominated the holiday season with an album, a Christmas movie, and a concert special. This year, Dollywood is open again which means her annual Christmas festival is coming back. After last year’s dormancy, she plans to make sure this year’s celebration is bigger and better. In short, Dolly is planning to pull out all the stops and that’s not all she has planned for the coming months.

Dolly Parton talked to Nashville’s WKRN about her upcoming Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival at Dollywood and more. Parton is already feeling the giving spirit of Christmas. She’s looking forward to giving everyone a gift this year. “It is that time of year, and people expect something great, and they get it,” she said of her annual festival. “It’s like a winter wonderland up there.”

About transforming the park, Dolly Parton said, “We have all these lights. I think they tell me there’s over five million, but it looks like a million kazillion trillion,” she said with a musical laugh. Watch the video and you’ll see the country music icon’s excitement. It’s enough to make the biggest Scrooge want to buy tickets to attend her Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival. It kicks off on November 6th and runs through January 2nd, watch the Dollywood website for tickets.

Dolly Parton Has More in the Works

Dolly Parton’s Christmas festival is a family tradition for thousands of families. In fact, it’s the most-attended event at the park. So, it takes months of planning. However, that isn’t all Dolly has on her plate right now.

For one, she’s working on expanding the Dreammore Resort at Dollywood. Those who visit the Christmas festival might win a chance to stay there. For some, that might be the only chance they get. The resort is always booked solid. About the resort, Dolly Parton said, “People love it, but it stays booked all the time. So, we thought, well we’ve got to have another resort because we got to accommodate all our guests.”

Dolly Parton is working on a handful of ventures outside of her park, as well. For instance, her perfume called Scent From Above is still going strong. It smells wonderful and her fans buy it out as soon as it’s available. Additionally, Dolly partnered with Williams-Sonoma to release a line of bakeware that includes sugar cookie mix, cookie cutters, and more.

Dolly Parton also teamed up with legendary author James Patterson to co-pen a novel. The thriller, Run, Rose, Run will take place in Nashville and will center around a young singer-songwriter hiding a secret from her past. It hits shelves in March alongside an album of the same name.

As if all that isn’t enough Dolly Parton is still working on putting out a line of wigs. About all this, she said, “I’m a busy girl, but I like to be busy.”