WATCH: Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson Casually Ride Through Dollywood On A Golf Cart

The longtime friends were in the park together to film portions of a Christmas film.


Lauren Jo Black

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August 9, 2022

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Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson; Photos by Mandy Croft, Facebook

Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson spent the day at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 

The country music icons had Dollywood guests going wild when they were spotted cruising around the park in a golf cart together. 

In a clip captured by a fan on TikTok, the Country Music Hall of Fame members could be seen waving to fans as they made their way around the award-winning theme park

“Saw Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson today at Dollywood,” the TikTok user captioned the post. 

Wow my dream’s have finally come true made it to Dollywood & look 👀 who I seen… this has made my trip

Posted by Mandy Croft on Monday, August 8, 2022

The longtime friends and collaborators were in the park together to film portions of an upcoming film set to air on NBC.  

What a wonderful day today at Dollywood. Got to see Dolly Parton & Willie Nelson. They are filming for her new Christmas Movie.

Posted by April Nicole Fields on Monday, August 8, 2022

While visiting Dollywood to announce Big Bear Mountain, a nearly 4,000 ft. long rollercoaster coming to the park in early 2023, Parton also revealed details surrounding the upcoming holiday special. 

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“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.  

The East Tennessee native then went on to explain what fans can expect from the film. 

“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. 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,” she said. 

Filmed at Dollywood in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, the forthcoming movie-musical dubbed Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas “tells the backstage story of making a network TV special,” according to the NBC synopsis

The synopsis continued, “this sentimental holiday movie takes viewers on a journey through time as Parton is visited by the Three Wise Men. The entertainer is taught valuable lessons, ultimately challenging her notions of the real magic of Christmas.”

This isn’t Parton’s first collaboration with NBC. In 2015, Parton signed on to develop a series of TV movies for the network based on some of her most well-known songs and life stories. Audiences were beyond captivated by the first film in the series, Coat of Many Colors, and the sequel, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love

A premiere date for the film has yet to be announced.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.