Kenny Rogers' 2016 Christmas Tour to Be His Last

Retiring country legend announces final run of 35 years of holiday tours

Kenny Rogers will end a 35-year Christmas tradition after one final tour. Credit: Getty Images via NBC Photo Bank

Kenny Rogers will bring one of country music's longest-running holiday traditions to an end this year, when he wraps up the final show of his annual Christmas & Hits Tour on December 23rd.

Launched in 1981 to help promote his Christmas LP, the first seasonal release of Rogers' career, the ongoing tour has become not only a convenient way to celebrate his string of holiday albums — including last year's Once Again It's Christmas, Rogers' sixth holiday record — but also a sign of the country icon's dedication to the road. Since the tour's inception, he's never taken a year off, traveling every November for a month's worth of gigs featuring Christmas standards, carols, newly-written originals and old standbys like "The Gambler." This year marks the 35th leg of the Christmas & Hits trek, with 16 shows that take Rogers across the Midwest, up the Mid-Atlantic seaboard and into the Northeast. Following the run's final concert on December 23rd in Westbury, New York, Rogers will pull the plug on his yearly holiday tour, focusing instead on the final months of his two-year farewell tour, dubbed the Gambler's Last Deal.

Nineties country star Linda Davis, who famously teamed up with Reba McEntire for the Grammy-winning "Does He Love You" in 1993, will join Rogers during his 2016 holiday run. A Nashville institution herself, Davis has a new family album — the religious Love Remains, recorded with her daughter, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, and other members of the Davis-Scott clan — on the horizon, with a release date scheduled for July 29th.

Kenny Rogers' Christmas & Hits Tour dates:

November 25 — Independence, Mo @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

November 26 — Branson, Mo. @ The Mansion Theatre

November 27 — Cincinnati @ Taft Theatre

December 2 — La Crosse, WI @ La Crosse Center

December 3 — Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center

December 7 — Norfolk, VA @ Ted Constant Convocation Center

December 8 — Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre

December 9 — French Lick, IN @ French Lick Resort Casino

December 10 — Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

December 14 — Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theatre

December 15 — Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center

December 16 — Uncasville, CN @ Mohegan Sun Arena

December 18 — Reading, PA @ Reading Eagle Theatre at the Santander Arena

December 20 — Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino

December 21 — Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre

December 23 — Westbury, NY @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury