Jennifer Nettles To Host CMA Country Christmas for 7th Time!


Jennifer Nettles will host her seventh CMA Country Christmas on ABC on Monday, November 28th (8/7C).

The special will be recorded in front of a live audience on November 8th – and the live audience will be invited to bring an unwrapped toy for deserving children in need throughout Middle Tennessee.

Further details follow the break.


The Two-Hour Special Tapes Tuesday, November 8, at Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville

Live Audience Encouraged to Bring an Unwrapped Toy to the Taping to Make the Holidays Brighter for Area Children in Need

Multi-talented entertainer Jennifer Nettles returns to host “CMA Country Christmas,” as some of the most powerful and emotionally moving voices in music come together to celebrate the holidays. Taped in front of a live audience on Tuesday, November 8 (6:00 p.m. CST; doors open at 5:00 p.m. CST) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

The popular holiday special is slated to air on the ABC Television network on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST).

“The taping of ‘CMA Country Christmas’ has become a treasured holiday tradition for Nashville families,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. “And watching ‘CMA Country Christmas’ on ABC is equally important as generations gather to celebrate the season.”

Nettles, who is hosting the special for the seventh time this year, will release her first holiday album, “To Celebrate Christmas,” October 28, on Big Machine Records. Special collaborations highlight lush harmonies with Idina Menzel on “Little Drummer Boy,” the jazz-influenced melody of “God Res Ye Merry Gentleman,” alongside American-soul sensation Andra Day, and “Circle of Love,” penned by friend and mentor Dolly Parton. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter has kept a full schedule this year, releasing her critically acclaimed sophomore album, “Playing With Fire,” joining label mates Cheap Trick for a “CMT Crossroads” that earned a CMT Music Awards nomination for Performance of the Year and headlining the 30+ city “CMT Next Women of Country Tour” across the U.S. and Canada, alongside Brandy Clark, Lindsey Ell, and Tara Thompson. Visit for upcoming tour dates and more.

A popular feature of the “CMA Country Christmas” taping is a toy drive. Audience members are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for deserving children in need throughout Middle Tennessee. In 2015, through a partnership with ABC Television Network and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, CMA collected more than 5,000 unwrapped gifts.

“Providing new toys for deserving children shines a spotlight on a worthy endeavor and reflects the values and spirit of giving found in our artists, industry, and city,” Trahern said.

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“CMA Country Christmas” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director, and David Wild is the writer.

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