Jimmy Fallon and Dolly Parton are making some Christmas magic this year. In preparation for Dolly Parton’s new 2-hour Christmas TV special, Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, the two performed their new song in a diner. Their duet, “Almost Too Early For Christmas,” was teased a few weeks ago for Halloween.
Jimmy Fallon Teased “Almost Too Early For Christmas” on Halloween
“Almost Too Early For Christmas” was initially teased as Jimmy Fallon’s latest Christmas special song. He played it while on The Tonight Show in front of a live audience before mayhem ensued as the studio toilet-papered the crowd. At that time, we could only hear some of the lyrics.
“I thought what better day to announce it than Halloween,” Fallon announced. “People have that debate. After Thanksgiving, people have the debate. They go, ‘can we listen to holiday music? Can we listen to Christmas music? Is it too early? Can we put on Mariah Carey now?’ I say, yeah, if it’s good, you should be able to. So, I thought it would be kind of fun if I put out a song and released it around Halloween for the holidays.”
Jimmy Fallon and Dolly Parton Sing As a Duet
This is what could be heard at the time:
Dolly: “It’s almost too early for Christmas.”
Fallon: “Too soon to be singing this song.”
Dolly: “There’s still Halloween decorations.”
Fallon: “And haters will say that it’s wrong.”
Dolly: “Let’s turn on the lights for Mariah.”
Fallon: “Tell Rudolph to shine up his nose.”
Together: “It’s almost too early for Christmas,
But why don’t we see how it goes.”
Last year, his Christmas special musical number was a video that featured Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and himself. In “It Was a… (Masked Christmas),” the trio hang out in a decorated ski chalet and go skiing in onesies.
Fallon and Parton’s Official Music Video Features Animated Cartoons Because the Live Version Was Being Saved for Christmas!
Jimmy Fallon released the official music video for his and Dolly Parton’s new song on November 3rd. This time, instead of actually showing him and Dolly, they’re represented by two cute little animated characters. The song is cheery, features Fallon’s signature chintzy synthesizers, and hilarious. And while it’s great, it left some wondering, “Is that all we get?” Like a child who gets a picture of a puppy for Christmas. It was sweet but a bit lacking.
Well, now it’s clear why Fallon and Parton played it off this way. Finally, we will get to see the two perform their amazing song together, in the flesh. But we won’t be able to see it until Dolly Parton’s Christmas special comes out on December 1st.
However, we just got a little sneak peek at their performance. People published a series of exclusive photos showing Parton and Fallon dancing around a diner, singing their song. They’re smiling, dancing, singing, and walking around before leaving in sparkly Christmas attire. In one shot, we can see a line of men and women sitting at a bar in the diner. They’re wearing 50s Christmas attire, poodle skirts and all.
Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas Will Include Her Duet With Fallon and So Many More Musical Numbers
Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas is described on her website as a TV special that takes viewers behind the scenes throughout its filming.
A modern-day movie musical about the making of a network TV special, Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas is the frenetic backstage story and delightful on-camera results of Dolly’s desire to uplift an exhausted world’s spirits by sharing the unique mountain magic she has always found in and around Dollywood at Christmas. Throughout the movie’s production numbers and rehearsal chaos, Dolly finds herself taking a private journey into her past, guided by the mysterious appearances of her personal Three Wise Mountain Men. When it’s time for her big special to air, a renewed and inspired Dolly goes rogue and shows the world that the real magic of Christmas lies in the hearts of the children we all once were, the realization that Christmas is about the people we share it with, and how her faith remains the common thread between Christmases past, present, and future.From DollyParton.com
Parton Wants to Bring on the Christmas Cheer and Share Raw, Authentic Backstage Chaos
Speaking to Stage Right Secrets, Parton explained the intention further.
“I do believe that everybody’s interested in seeing what goes on behind-the-scenes in the making of, whether it be a TV special or a movie. There’s so much drama and so much craziness that goes on,” said Parton. “But of course, what you see out there, you just see the best of it all. But I think people are interested in seeing all the chaos, the craziness, and the fun that goes along with it.”
Parton said that she hopes viewers will see the Christmas special as “uplifting, inspirational, and fun.” She added, “We all need some of that, don’t you think?”
Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas will feature musical guests Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Willie Nelson, Jimmie Allen, Zach Williams, and Jimmy Fallon. Costarring guest actors are Tom Everett Scott, Angel Parker, and Ana Gasteyer. Plus, there will be many more famous faces in the mix. The special will be produced by Magnolia Hill Productions and Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas premieres on December 1 at 8pm Eastern Time on NBC. It will also be available for streaming on Peacock. Watch the trailer below!