Dolly Parton skipped fall and jumped right into the Christmas season this year.
On Oct. 14, she released the expanded project, A Holly Dolly Christmas: Ultimate Deluxe Edition, which features new additions such as her previously unreleased classic, “A Smoky Mountain Christmas.”
This song is Parton’s early Christmas gift to her fans who can expect even more holiday magic from her soon.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A Holly Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe is coming October 14th, and to celebrate, I’m sharing my previously unreleased track “A Smoky Mountain Christmas” today!” Parton previously shared on Twitter.
Jolly fans immediately flooded the comment section with positive words. One user wrote, “Christmas is coming early this year!!😍❤️,” while another said, “I’ve been dreaming of you releasing that track.”
Many others joined in to reminisce on the song that was first heard in the soundtrack of the country icon’s nostalgic 1986 Christmas television musical with the same title.
“I’m dreaming of a Smoky Mountain Christmas / With the kids around the fireplace / Stringing popcorn for the tree / I’m dreaming of a Smoky Mountain Christmas / With nothing much that money buys / But everything worth while in life / Dreamin’ of a Smoky Mountain Christmas,” she sings in the spirited song.
The release of “A Smoky Mountain Christmas” comes ahead of another upcoming project, her new holiday film, which will air Thursday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. The network announced that the movie, Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas can be described as a “modern-day musical about the making of a network TV special.”
In August, Parton was spotted filming portions for the new movie with longtime friends and collaborators, Willie Nelson and The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon. They were seen in several different parts of in her Dollywood Amusement Park located in Pigeon Forge, TN.
During one of Parton’s recent visits to Dollywood, she announced Big Bear Mountain, a nearly 4,000 ft. long rollercoaster coming to the park in early 2023. While on the grounds, she also revealed some exciting details surrounding the upcoming holiday special, including who a few of her country music co-stars will be.
“Some of you may have heard we’re doing a special for NBC and we’re doing it all from Dollywood and we’re starting on Monday and it’s kind of like a movie like a show sort of speak cause it’s really a special with special guests like Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Jimmie Allen, Billy Ray Cyrus. We’ve got several great guests, like my family’s going to be singing,” she shared.
She then went on to give a brief synopsis of what fans can expect for the unique storyline, which will include a pair of Parton’s iconic songs such as “9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You,” as well as a new holiday melody.
“We’re going to do all that, but it’s kind of like we’re going behind the scenes and making a movie with actors and all the things that go on trying to put a show together,” she explained. “So we thought people love to see that anyways, so you’ll get to see what it’s like to build a show. All the drama and all the things that can go wrong and they will go wrong. Anyhow, that’s going to be shown on NBC sometime before Christmas.”
The East Tennessee native is no stranger to filming Christmas movies. Along with her 1986 flick, the “9 To 5” singer partnered with Netflix in 2021 for Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. In 2019, Hallmark Channel aired Christmas at Dollywood, which was also filmed at Dolly’s theme park.
In addition to the deluxe holiday record and the upcoming Christmas special, Dolly will also release her Greatest Hits record, “Diamonds & Rhinestones” on Nov. 18.