John Rich, Rascal Flatts and Others Spread Christmas Cheer

Country Music Star, John Rich, was the Grand Marshall for the recent 55th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade.  John, along with Two Foot Fred, Cowboy Troy, Carter’s Chord, Steel Magnolia and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean,  light the Christmas Tree at the Public Square and then kicked off the parade  spreading the holiday cheer to thousands of individuals and their families. (L-R): Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, John Rich, Cowboy Troy

John Rich was the Grand Marshall for the recent 55th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade. He joined Two Foot Fred, Cowboy Troy, Carter’s Chord, Steel Magnolia and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in lighting the Christmas Tree at the Public Square before kicking off the parade. (L-R): Karl Dean, Cowboy Troy, John Rich

Country stars are spreading holiday cheer by participating in special Christmas tree lighting events across the nation.

Rascal Flatts are in Nashville today (12/10) to visit the kids at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt by flipping the switch on the trees lining the hospital’s Main Street. The trio has raised over $3 million for the hospital over the last few years. Closing out this week, Rascal Flatts will make their final performance of the year at the Grand Ole Opry Friday, December 11. In honor of Rascal Flatts, the Opry is donating tickets for their appearance to the patients, families and staff at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.

David Nail and Billy Ray Cyrus are part of an all-star cast performing at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) tree lighting this afternoon. The ceremony has been a New York tradition since 1923. Also on the schedule for the free, public event are The Manhattan Transfer, Collective Soul, Kate Voegele, Stryper, Twisted Sister with Broadway’s “Rock of Ages” cast and many others. The tree lighting will be available for online viewing from 4:50- 5 PM/ET.

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