Lady Antebellum, Mary J. Blige and Peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus van Pelt and Snoopy have been added to the lineup for CMA Country Christmas, hosted by Jennifer Nettles. The two-hour holiday special will air December 2 at 9/8c on ABC and features some of country’s biggest stars performing holiday favorites and sharing their favorite Christmas memories.
Previously announced artists set to perform include Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Michael W. Smith and Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson. The Robertson family will also participate in a fireside chat. The special will tape in front of a live audience on Friday, November 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
“The lineup for this year’s special keeps getting better with the addition of Mary J. Blige and Lady A,” CMA Board President Ed Hardy said. “And the icing on this Christmas cookie is the Peanuts gang. Talk about two great holiday traditions coming together to celebrate the season.”
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.