It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as holiday movies and specials start to make their way to TV. Country music fans will have the opportunity to see some of their favorite artists spread holiday cheer when the "CMA Country Christmas" special airs on ABC Thursday night.
The concert was taped on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, but was held from airing until it was closer to the holidays. The annual holiday concert returns to the Opry after taking place at Bridgestone Arena last year. "The Opry was the home of the CMA Awards for many years, and it is nice to be back," CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern told Taste of Country.
This year's performers include, Darius Rucker, Lindsey Stirling, Martina McBride, Leann Rimes, Jewel, Kelsea Ballerini, Brian Setzer, Pentatonix, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Mickey Guyton, Charles Kelley, David Nail, Thomas Rhett, and Michael W. Smith. Each artist will perform classic Christmas songs and share holiday memories. Jennifer Nettles will also be returning as host, which will be her sixth time.
According to Rolling Stone, Leann Rimes will perform John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)," while Martina McBride will team up with Michael W. Smith for a duet of "What Child is This." Kelsea Ballerini is also expected to show off her talents with a beautiful rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."
Fans can catch the two-hour holiday special "CMA Country Christmas" on ABC Thursday at 9 p.m. EST. The event will run until 11 p.m. EST. Watch a promo video for the concert event below: