Pandora Announces Dolly Parton & Friends Holiday Special

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Dolly Parton is bringing some holiday cheer to Pandora LIVE stage. She will be joined by Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce for a special virtual celebration on Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Listeners can RSVP for the free event now


To get in the holiday spirit leading up to the event, attendees can tune into Christmas Radio and Holiday Hits on Pandora. Both stations now feature Modes, a new feature that allows users to customize their station listening experience based on a musical theme.

Taking place in a Nashville studio majestically decorated for the holidays, the evening will feature each artist performing classic holiday tunes backed by Dolly’s longtime band members.  There will also be exclusive interviews with the guest artists, where they will recall their favorite memories of Dolly and talk about their favorite holiday traditions. Additionally, children around the country will act as the evening’s interviewers, asking Dolly about her holiday traditions in a special “Dear Dolly” segment.

For her Pandora LIVE performance, Parton will be performing tracks from her latest release A Holly Dolly Christmas which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country Albums and Holiday Albums chart.

Event sponsors will help to create a truly unique virtual event experience that brings interactive fan activities and exclusive content together in an innovative and engaging way. Leading up to the show, Sierra will get fans in the holiday spirit with a curated gift guide and a chance to test their artist knowledge with pre-show trivia.

During the show, fans will be invited to pose in the Meow Mix virtual photo booth and partake in the interactive chat hosted by Wendy’s. CarMax will provide a limited amount of exclusive artist merchandise for attendees on a first-come, first-served code redemption basis. In addition, Pandora and flavor brand McCormick will be partnering for a charitable donation to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and encourage viewers to get involved and give the gift of reading this holiday season. 

For fans looking to continue the celebration after the show, Wendy’s will be partnering with a social influencer to host an official virtual afterparty on Instagram Live and soon will announce a deal for fans to enjoy Wendy’s at home during the show.  For fans looking for more music, LendingTree Powered by VantageScore will invite fans to check out the new Pandora Live: Backstage with Dolly Parton station on Pandora featuring commentary from Dolly.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash


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