KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Dolly Parton spoke with WATE’s Lori Tucker about her favorite time of year, Christmas, and the upcoming Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.

“We’re putting up all the lights now we’re getting everything ready,” Parton said Friday from Nashville. “Christmas is the biggest time of the year for us at Dollywood with all those hundreds of thousands of lights and all the food and the music and all the wonderful hot drinks and the kids having fun and parents having fun grandparents having fun, so it’s a fun old time at Dollywood this Christmas time of year.”

The Smoky Mountain Christmas season gets underway at Dollywood on Saturday, Nov. 6 with lights, nightly fireworks and holiday shows.

Parton also noted that November 28 marks five years since the historic Gatlinburg wildfires, noting she was in town recently and visited the area.

“I was up there last weekend and I was looking all through Gatlinburg and you can’t even tell where all that happened. It’s like it’s amazing, the damage that did and how fast all that went back into place,” she said.

Speaking of amazing, Tucker asked Parton about her part in funding the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19. Parton has a message for everyone about where America is in the pandemic.

“Well, I just think we have gone through a hard time and I think people are very confused and very frightened and very impatient. I am as well. So I’m just hoping we get through this thing,” Parton said. “I’m happy that I played a small part in that, but we still may have a long way to go so I just say be careful and be smart, let’s get this thing behind us, get on with life and get on up to Dollywood.”