Over the years, country music icon, Dolly Parton, wrote and covered quite a few holiday songs. Regardless of when in Dolly’s life the songs were recorded, one thing is clear; Dolly kinda likes it Christmas. Even today, Dolly still records holiday music. And this year she’ll star in another of her own Christmas movies, titled Dolly Parton’s Magic Mountain Christmas.
From an early age, Dolly felt that Christmas was a magical time. And the many holiday home-themed songs she’s written show just how important Dolly thinks spending the season with family is to all of us. Likewise, Dolly enjoys recording her Christmas songs with friends, such as Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, and even her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus.
Dolly Parton has been an inspiration to all kinds of people over the years, and we hope she will continue to inspire us for years to come. This year, enjoy a Holly Dolly Christmas with this list of the top 25 Dolly Parton Christmas Songsall of which are guaranteed to lift the spirits of your holiday.
25 Best Dolly Parton Christmas Songs
1. “Joy to the world”
A classic Christmas carol that is familiar, but here Dolly interprets it with her own style.
2. “You are my Christmas”
This twangy Christmas song tells the reason for the season; that is, the people you share it with.
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3. “Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride Medley”
Dolly skillfully mixes these two classic Christmas songs.
4. “Go say it on the mountain”
A holiday essential with a nostalgic air. Takes us right back to the church Christmas choirs.
5. “Holly Jolly Christmas”
Or perhaps more appropriate here, “Holly Dolly Christmas”.
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6. “With the Bells Lit”
A catchy house-themed song for the holidays Once Upon a Christmas album, with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
7. “Santa Claus is coming to town”
A well-known classic without which Christmas would never be complete.
8. “First Christmas”
The perfect song for Christmas Eve, as well as the weeks before.
9. “I believe in Santa Claus”
This song stays true to Dolly’s Christmas magic theme.
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10. “Christmas where we are”
The perfect song for those days when it’s snowing and you don’t mind it at all. This song features Billy Ray Cyrus.
11. “Circle of Love”
This song was written by Dolly Parton herself and is about the love of Christ and the Father.
12. “An Unforgettable Christmas”
A Christmas song with an 80s twist.
13. “Christmas Without You”
We’ve all had Christmases where we’ve missed someone special – a blue Christmas indeed.
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14. “Hard Candy Christmas”
This song could be subtitled: The Christmas song of the “rupture”.
15. “We the Three Kings”
This song is taken from the album House for Christmasreleased in 1990. It was his thirtieth solo studio album.
16. “Coming Home for Christmas”
This song begins with what sounds like an iconic line: “Mom’s in the kitchen, Christmas on the stove.”
17. “Mary, did you know that?”
Dolly Parton sang this particular song at the 2020 Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
18. “Christmas is”
Miley Cyrus joined her godmother, Dolly herself, to record this hit song.
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19. “All I want for Christmas is you”
The Tonight Show star Jimmy Fallon joined Dolly for a cover of this Mariah Carey song.
20. “I saw mom kissing Santa”
Maybe a young Dolly Parton really saw her mom kissing Santa, around the time this popular song was released in 1952.
21. “White Christmas”
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers have recorded dozens of songs together, including a number of Christmas classics like this.
22. “Nice paper”
Shotgun Willie (Nelson) joins Dolly for this song. He wrote the song himself in 1963.
23. “The Little Boy Drummer”
This song is on the album, House for Christmaswhose original release was accompanied by Dolly’s 1990 television special, Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home.
24. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Dolly sings this one for the kids, but you can definitely listen to it too.
25. “I’ll be home for Christmas”
It’s only fitting to end this list of 25 Dolly Parton Christmas songs with “I’ll be home for Christmas.” So many of his songs are about his love for his childhood home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
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