Jimmy Fallon and Dolly Parton are showing you the way to make a living!
The host of “The Tonight Show” shared photos of him and the country icon behind the scenes of his upcoming holiday movie on Monday. In the snapshots, they appear to be at Dollywood, Parton’s legendary theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
“I never need an excuse to go out with @dollyparton and eat some Tennessee barbecue, but this trip was extra special. I am so excited to kick off the holidays in Dollywood for Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, this holiday season on @nbc”, he captioned the photos.
Most of the footage appears to be behind the scenes on set, but at least one shows Fallon at Preacher’s Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant in Parton’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee.
NBC’s “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas” will, of course, star Parton in the title role as herself. The “modern movie musical” will tell the “frantic behind-the-scenes story and delightful on-camera results” of Parton’s fictional attempt at making a television special that highlights the “mountain magic” she has always experienced in and around Dollywood in Christmas, according to release.
“Throughout the film’s production numbers and rehearsal chaos, Dolly finds herself taking a private journey into her past, guided by the mysterious appearances of her personal Three Wise Men,” the statement, released Monday, said. . “When the time comes for her big special to air, a refreshed and inspired Dolly goes wild and shows the world that the true magic of Christmas lies in the hearts of the children we once were, the realization that Christmas is about the people we share with him, and how his faith remains the common thread between Christmases past, present and future.”
Parton will be joined by Tom Everett Scott, Ana Gasteyer and Angel Parker in the other lead roles.
So far, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmie Allen, Zach Williams and Miley Cyrus have also been announced as guest stars.
This isn’t the first time Parton has brought the holiday magic to NBC. Parton’s life story was previously depicted in 2015’s “Coat of Many Colors” and the sequel, “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”
But it also brings holiday cheer to East Tennessee every year.
Its Dollywood theme park is decorated annually for the Christmas season with more than 5 million lights, according to Knoxville NBC station WBIR. Workers take more than 15,000 hours to put up the decorations and start hanging them in late summer, despite the heat.
In all, Dollywood uses about 100 miles of lights with more than 500,000 staples to make mountain magic happen every Christmas.
this year, Dollywood Smoky Mountains Christmas Festival It will take place from November 5 to January 1.