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Why Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas on the Square’ Is the Holiday Movie Musical We All Need Right Now



Feeling a little flat this holiday season? Missing Broadway more than ever during this usually crazy busy time of year? We understand, and that’s why we insist (yes, insist!) you pour yourself a glass of wine and curl up on your sofa to watch the wonder that is Christmas on the Square. Helmed by Dolly Parton, Christmas on the Square is a made-for-Netflix movie-musical about a small town and the woman who plans to sell it (yes, it, as in the entire town) to make way for a mall. That woman is Christine Baranski. She will be visited by an angel, played by Dolly Parton.

There is also a teen pregnancy, a forced adoption, an infertility struggle, a child bartender whose bar seems to be in a home’s living room, a cancer diagnosis, a heartbreak, a change of heart, a reconciliation, and 12 original songs. In other words, it’s legit insane and you must watch it. Here are our top six reasons to tune in:

1. The aforementioned Christine Baranksi

If you think she was good (or not) in Mamma Mia! You need to see her performance here. Baranski commits to the villainous role with gusto.

2. Treat Williams

His name may not ring any immediate bells, but you’ll probably recognize his face. He has been a working actor for 40 years, and has starred on shows such as Blue Bloods and Chicago Fire. His Broadway credits include Grease, The Pirates of Penzance, and Follies to name a few. Here, he plays the jilted lover of Baranksi who now runs an adorable antique shop.

3. The child bartender who is wise beyond her years

At one point in the story, Baranski wanders into what appears to be someone’s living room, but is actually a bar… manned by a child. Despite her youth, the girl is world-weary and wise, and makes a connection with the ruthless businesswoman. If you’ve ever wandered into a stranger’s house for a whiskey, this scene is for you.


4. 12 original Dolly Parton songs

They’re not all groundbreaking, but they’ll all put a smile on your face. “Queen of Mean,” sung while Baranski is getting a blowout, is one of our favorites, but “Wickedest Witch of the Middle” (Middle America, that is) wins the prize.

5. There’s plenty of good, old-fashioned, musical theater dancing.

They dance in the town square. They dance in the kitchen. They dance in the church. There’s jazz hands for days and as 2020 comes to a close, we are here for all the jazz hands we can get.

6. Dolly Parton floats on a cloud in a skintight, bedazzled dress and a bumpit. 

Need. We. Say. More.