Have “A Holly Dolly Christmas” with Dolly Parton’s newest Christmas album

Hang the stockings, string up some lights, and cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa while listening to Dolly Parton’s first holiday release in 30 years.


Library of Congress, Music Division

Dolly Parton in a fuchsia suit with red lace details.

Gabriel Cortez, Staff Writer

Dolly Parton released “A Holly Dolly Christmas” as her first-holiday release since the 1990 release of “Home for Christmas.” With guests like Miley Cyrus, Micheal Bublé, and Willie Nelson, how could you not be excited?

The 12 track album features five new original tracks by the Queen of Country herself and seven renditions of classic Christmas songs like “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

The opening track, “Holly Jolly Christmas,” is a quintessential Christmas song that has been solidified for generations now and hearing it in Dolly’s signature voice is truly angelic.

Parton makes sure there was a family duet with “Christmas Is” featuring Miley Cyrus, her goddaughter, that encapsulates Christmas as being “All about kindness, love, and compassion,” and having Dolly’s motherly voice just soothes any stress about the holiday season right away.

“Christmas on the Square” is a comical Christmas song clearly for her sixth Christmas-based movie “Christmas on The Square,” that just envelopes you with the warmth of spending your holiday season with others and with 2020 being such a reclusive year, this song is something that I didn’t know I needed.

The one curve ball thrown into this album was a feature from Jimmy Fallon on Mariah Carey’s quintessential Christmas song “All I want for Christmas is You.” The last thing this song needed was a comical take, and I think Parton could have killed the song on her lonesome

“Comin’ Home for Christmas” was the lead single for this album, and was actually released nearly 11 years earlier in 2009. This song is about Parton’s Christmas traditions with her family where each family member had their vital role and the only thing that was missing was her. It just welcomes the listener into Parton’s family as if they were long life friends.

Parton’s wonderful storytelling skills came out in “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” and her take on another Christmas classic was so cute, even though the song’s lyrics are originally so weird. Her point of view in this song was so clear, allowing the listener to be so enveloped into the story and her minor twists really make the song her own for this album.

As someone who rarely enjoys the joyous Christmas holiday season, this album only makes me want to dance in a snowy town filled with bright colored lights hanging from each house, sipping hot cider surrounded by close family and friends.