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Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow and more join CMA Country Christmas

ABC has set a date for the two-Hour holiday special this year, hosted by Jennifer Nettles. The event will be taped on November 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and will also feature a performance by “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robertson.
 
If you do get a chance to come, the Nashville audience is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the event, ABC will be kicking off the network’s “Make the Holidays Brighter for a Homeless Child” drive. “CMA Country Christmas,” is a two-hour special hosted by Jennifer Nettles and is set to air on MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
 
The special is a celebration of the season featuring Country’s top stars and non-format favorites performing holiday songs and sharing their personal holiday traditions and memories. The special tapes in front of a live audience Friday, Nov. 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
 
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Joining the star-packed lineup of performers is “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robertson. The Robertson family will also participate in a fireside chat. The popular A&E stars are releasing Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas album on October 29.
 
Artists already announced include Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Nettles, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Michael W. Smith.
 
“’CMA Country Christmas’ has become a welcome family tradition – not just for Country fans, but anyone who enjoys holiday standards performed by amazing vocalists in a classic variety show setting,” said CMA Board President Ed Hardy.
 
For the second year, audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children. The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site with specially marked bins to collect the toys, which will be distributed to homeless families this holiday season. In 2012, the group collected more than 5,000 toys.
 
Volunteers from Generosity will start accepting toys Friday, Nov. 8 at 1:00 PM/CT at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza. You do not have to have a ticket to the show to drop off a toy.
 
Tickets for “CMA Country Christmas” are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville).Tickets for “CMA Country Christmas” cost $50 for Lower and Club Level reserved seating; $25 for Upper Level reserved seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees.
 
more info can be found at CMAchristmas.com.