Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is a 2016 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, 2016.[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 preacher
  • Kelli Berglund as Willadeene Parton, Dolly's oldest sister[3]
  • Stella Parton as Corla Bass, owner of the town market and a gossip
  • Dolly Parton as Painted Lady, a prostitute who befriends Dolly
  • Hannah Nordberg as Judy Ogle, Dolly's schoolmate
  • Mary Lane Haskell as Miss Moody, school teacher
  • Forrest Deal as Rudy Sanders, former school bully
  • 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, musician trying to help Dolly become a star



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 2016.



In its initial November 30, 2016 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, 2017.[6]




  1. Script error
  2. Jones, Maggie (November 1, 2016). "Dollywood to present Christmas of Many Colors red carpet premiere".. Retrieved on November 15, 2016.
  3. Wagmeister, Elizabeth (June 28, 2016). "Disney Star Kelli Berglund Joins NBC's Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (Exclusive)". Variety.
  4. "Dolly Parton: Movie about her life 'something real'". (December 1, 2016).
  5. Porter, Rick (December 1, 2016). "TV Ratings Wednesday: Christmas of Many Colors solid, Arrow up, Empire down".
  6. "Emmy nominations 2017: the full list". (July 13, 2017). Retrieved on July 14, 2017.

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