Last winter, we were treated to the Hallmark Channel movie Christmas at Graceland, which starred Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown. It was filmed at Elvis Presley’s famous home Graceland, and did so well, they filmed a sequel!
This holiday season, we get to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie set at another iconic Tennessee landmark – Dollywood!
The movie will follow single mom Rachel Lewis, played by Danica McKellar who you may remember from her other work on Hallmark or as Winnie in The Wonder Years.
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Rachel is an award-winning Broadway producer who learns investors for her holiday extravaganza have mismanaged their funds. forcing the show to close before it even opens. Rachel’s friend from Tennessee tells her there is an opportunity produce a show for the 20th anniversary of the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival at Dollywood.
Rachel and her nine-year-old daughter Amy go down to Tennessee, where Rachel has to work with strong-willed entertainment director Luke Hakman. According to ET, Rachel figures out a show that she feels could be incredible, “though she will have to convince a skeptical Luke, who has his own vision of what will be successful. As the pair make compromises to please their boss, Rachel and Luke realize love can come in the most unexpected of places.”
Christmas at Dollywood will premiere sometime in December during the 10th anniversary of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas,” which will begin October 25 this year. Parton will make a very special appearance in the movie.
Crown Media Family Networks’ Michelle Vicary said of the film, “Dolly Parton is a bright light who is rich in spirit, kindness and love. Christmas at Dollywood features Danica McKellar in a story about finding love and new beginnings in the most familiar place: home. A holiday movie set in a winter wonderland like Dollywood exemplifies the quality of the talent, storytelling and filmmaking that has made Countdown to Christmas the No. 1 program event on television for 10 years.”
Are y’all excited to see Dollywood and Dolly Parton in a Hallmark Christmas movie this year?! We sure are!
Check out some highlights from the last time Hallmark Channel went down to Dollywood below.