Update Thursday, Nov. 3
Dollywood's new parade will make its debut on November 16, the park announced Thursday.
The $2.5 million "Parade of Many Colors" will celebrate the fun faith, family, and harmony of the holidays. It will include vibrant floats, interactive characters, and a few other surprises to spread Christmas cheer through the theme park.
It's set to be a busy month for Dolly and Dollywood! East Tennessee's favorite daughter will be performing in Pigeon Forge on November 15.
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas season kicks off November 5 and runs through January 1.
Original story - Aug. 31
"Merry Christmas, y'all!"
You may think Dolly Parton is a few months early with that greeting Wednesday for the media at Dollywood, but the legendary entertainer is full of big plans for the upcoming holiday season.
In addition to the NBC movie "Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love," a sequel to last year's big hit based on her favorite song, "Coat of Many Colors," Dollywood is adding some new features to its annual Smoky Mountain Christmas event.
Every night, there will be a parade in the park called, appropriately, "Parade of Many Colors."
The $2.5 million dollar parade will celebrate the fun faith, family, and harmony of the holidays. It will include vibrant floats, interactive characters, and a few other surprises to spread Christmas cheer through the theme park.
"The joy I feel during the Christmas season makes my heart sing because of the love and sweet Christmas memories I have of family and friends from when I was a child together to create experiences we all remember forever," Dolly said.
The park will also add a new show called "It's a Wonderful Life" and will remaster its classic "Christmas in the Smokies" show.
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas runs from November 5 to January 1, where in addition to the shows and the parade, you can enjoy four million twinkling festive lights.
"Christmas of Many Colors" will premiere on November 30 on Channel 10. Dolly actually plays a part in this sequel--- the woman she jokingly refers to as the "town trollop" who inspired her look.
"Who better than me to play the painted lady?" she joked.
Dolly is also on tour of her new album, "Pure and Simple," which has reached the top of the charts.
"It's been 25 years since I've had a number 1 album," she said. "So we're real excited to have that after all these years."
While she's traveling across the country performing in different cities, Dolly is also looking forward to her sold out concert at the LeConte Center in Sevierville on November 15.
"It's always good to come home,' she said.
As usual, Dolly poked fun at herself a little bit, commenting on how many media appearances she's made lately.
"I'm sick of myself!' she laughed.