Jennifer Nettles is returning for the fifth time to host the CMA Country Christmas special on ABC and she’s joined by a sleighful of stars. Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood are on tap for the two-hour special, which will be taped at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 7th.
In an effort to brighten the holiday season for Music City’s children in need, the CMA encourages audience members to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping. The toy drive, now in its third year, is being organized by Nashville nonprofit group Generosity. More than 5,000 toys were collected by the group last year.
“After being the host of CMA Country Christmas for five years now, it is hard to pick one thing I love about it,” says Nettles said in a statement. “There are so many fun moments. Whether it is the performances or duets, getting to perform Christmas songs with such great artists is really fun for me. It’s really a fun show all around.”
Tickets for CMA Country Christmas are on sale now at CMAChristmas.com, by calling (800) 745-3000, or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, 501 Broadway, Nashville. Tickets are available for $25 (upper-level seating) and $50 (lower- and club-level seating).
An airdate for 2014’s CMA Country Christmas has yet to be announced.