Dolly Parton on red carpet of "Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love" premiere. Photo credit: Cat Denton

Hundreds of Dolly Parton fans packed the streets of Dollywood on Tuesday night to catch a glimpse of Parton and other cast members on the red carpet for the premiere of “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” The film follows Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors,” which aired to over 16 million viewers overall on NBC last year.

Dolly invited friends and close to 350 family members to join her for the premiere of the movie at the Showstreet Palace Theater in Dollywood. Parton walked the red carpet, much to the delight of her many fans. Other cast members that walked the red carpet included Alyvia Alyn Lind (Young Dolly Parton), Jennifer Nettles (Avie Lee Parton), Ricky Schroder (Robert Lee Parton), Cameron Jones (Uncle Billy), Hannah Nordberg (Judy Ogle), and Mary Lane Haskell (Miss Moody). Other special guests of Parton attended, such as actor Jerry O’Connell, actress Rebecca Romijn, and their children.

The NBC made-for-tv movie, “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” follows the Parton family as they make sacrifices and work together to buy Parton’s mother a wedding ring for Christmas and as the family is trapped in their home by an unexpected blizzard. Family members also begin to recognize Dolly’s destiny for musical stardom. Parton narrates the film and makes a cameo as Sevierville’s “painted lady,” the woman who inspired her look.

“The Parton family and the characters who surrounded them gives us something to hold onto with love, faith, hope, and sacrifice,” said Executive Producer Sam Haskell, speaking on the importance of the movie before its screening with Parton’s VIPs and family.

Parton also spoke to the crowd inside the theater, saying, “I just wanted to say how happy I am that you all are here. Of course, they told you all the wonderful people and all the names of everybody in this, but I’m here for my family. I hope that you are going to love it (the movie). Enjoy it. I love you, and I love my family.”

After the screening of the movie, an exclusive reception and parade followed. Fans lined the streets of Dollywood to catch the parade, while Dolly and other cast members watched from the reception with Parton’s family and friends.

After the success of Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors,” “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” was added to the deal Parton signed with NBC, which will now include four made-for-tv specials. Parton will follow-up “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” with a film based on her song “Jolene” and a Christmas special similar to a variety show.

“Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” will air on NBC on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. CT. The movie will be released on DVD on Dec. 20.

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