Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Little Big Town, and Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling will take the stage for a spirited night of festive classics on the upcoming CMA Country Christmas special airing Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
The performers join hosts Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins on the 11th annual musical holiday celebration, which was filmed for the first time without a live audience this past September.
“The idea for this year’s show was to do a throwback of the great Christmas specials of the 1960s and 1970s,” says Robert Deaton, CMA Country Christmas Executive Producer. “Andy Williams, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra all had classic Christmas specials where the viewer was invited into the homes of the host to celebrate the holiday like a best friend coming to visit. That was what we wanted to create for this year’s show. Instead of a big flashy production, we took a page from those iconic specials to say, ‘Come relax, and let’s celebrate the holidays together.’”
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