CMA Country Christmas, hosted by Jennifer Nettles, will air December 2 at 9/8c on ABC. The two-hour Christmas special features some of country’s biggest stars performing holiday favorites and sharing their favorite Christmas memories. It will tape in front of a live audience on Friday, November 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Artists scheduled to perform include Jennifer, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Michael W. Smith. Additionally, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson has been added as a performer. The Robertson family will also participate in a fireside chat.
“CMA Country Christmas has become a welcome family tradition – not just for Country fans, but anyone who enjoys holiday standards performed by amazing vocalists in a classic variety show setting,” CMA Board President Ed Hardy said.
For the second year, audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville-area children. The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site to collect the toys, which will later be distributed to homeless families this holiday season. You do not need a ticket to drop off a toy. In 2012, the group collected more than 5,000 toys.
Tickets for CMA Country Christmas are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000 or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office. For updates and information visit CMAchristmas.com.