Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love

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Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is a 2020 American made-for-television drama film based on a true story by Dolly Parton, written by Pamela K. Long and directed by Stephen Herek.[1] The film is a sequel to Coat of Many Colors and premiered on NBC on November 30, 2020.[2]

Family patriarch Lee Parton makes sacrifices to have enough money to buy his wife the wedding ring he could never afford. The children also sacrifice their own Christmas presents to give their mother this special gift. Dolly’s Uncle Billy helps her begin to see that her voice and talent might extend beyond rural Tennessee. Various crisis situations, some life-threatening, make the family’s Christmas a challenge.

  • Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
  • Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, the devout matriarch of the Partons
  • Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton, the hard-working patriarch of the Partons
  • Gerald McRaney as Rev. Jake Owens, Avie Lee’s father and a preacher
  • Kelli Berglund as Willadeene Parton, the eldest sister of Dolly, who also strives to protect her family and siblings but her insecurities make her struggle sometimes and often feels alone. [3]
  • Stella Parton as Corla Bass, owner of the town market and a gossip
  • Dolly Parton as the Painted Lady, a prostitute who befriends Dolly
  • Hannah Nordberg as Judy Ogle, Dolly’s schoolmate
  • Mary Lane Haskell as Miss Moody, the school teacher of Dolly
  • Forrest Deal as Rudy Sanders, former school bully
  • Christopher Ryan Lewis as Claude Sanders, Rudy and Gloria’s brother
  • Hannah Goergen as Cassie Parton
  • Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Dolly’s younger sister
  • Parker Sack as David Parton, Dolly’s oldest brother
  • Dylan Rowen as Denver Parton, Dolly’s second-oldest brother
  • Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Dolly’s younger brother
  • Jane McNeill as Aunt Estelle
  • Cameron Jones as Uncle Billy, a musician trying to help Dolly become a star and the brother of Dolly’s mother.



Christmas of Many Colors was filmed in Covington, and Conyers, Georgia, and Sevier County, Tennessee, the latter at Dollywood for introductory and closing scenes from Dolly Parton.[4] Filming took place during summer 2020.



In its initial November 30, 2020 broadcast, Christmas of Many Colors was seen by 11.53 million viewers and received a 1.7/6 rating/share in the 18-49 age demographic.[5]


Christmas of Many Colors was nominated for Outstanding Television Movie at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired September 17, 2020.[6]


  1. ^ “Holiday Sequel Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love Set for 2020 Return”. The Futon Critic (Press release). May 11, 2020. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Jones, Maggie (November 1, 2020). “Dollywood to present Christmas of Many Colors red carpet premiere”. Knoxville News Sentinel. Gannett. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (June 28, 2020). “Disney Star Kelli Berglund Joins NBC’s Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (Exclusive)”. Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Wolfe, Julie (December 1, 2020). “Dolly Parton: Movie about her life ‘something real“. WXIA-TV. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (December 1, 2020). “TV Ratings Wednesday: Christmas of Many Colors solid, Arrow up, Empire down”. TV by the Numbers. Nexstar Media Group. Archived from the original on December 2, 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  6. ^ Framke, Caroline (July 13, 2020). “Emmy nominations 2020: the full list”. Vox. Vox Media. Retrieved July 14, 2020.

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