2015 CMA Country Christmas

Jennifer Nettles CMA Country ChristmasTonight at 8pm/central on ABC, prepare to be dazzled and singing along with some of your favorite stars as CMA brings us the new annual tradition since 2010: CMA Country Christmas!

Reminicent of Christmas variety shows from my childhood, this is always a favorite of mine.  Featuring host Jennifer Nettles along with artists:  Pentatonix, Martina McBrideDarius Rucker, JewelKelsea Ballerini, Charles Kelley, Dan and Shay, LeAnn Rimes, Mickey GuytonBrian Setzer, violinist Lindsey Stirling  and more. This holiday special is sure to please the young and the young at heart fans alike as we are treated to a variety of musical styles singing old classics & new favorites from some of the best voices out there.

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The set is cheerfully decorated in holiday fashion creating a winter wonderland onstage along with back-up dancers for some sets.  All filmed at the iconic home of country music, the Grand Ole Opry, here in Nashville.

Lindsey Stirling performs on "CMA Country Christmas," taped at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and airing Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

Lindsey Stirling performs on “CMA Country Christmas,” taped at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and airing Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

What did some of your favorite artists from that night say were some of THEIR favorite Christmas memories, traditions, favorite gift or must-have dishes at Christmas dinner? Read on to find out!


Avi Kaplan from Pentatonix enjoys his mashed potatoes during Christmas dinner with sour cream, chives, cheddar cheese, and garlic mixed in.  “Makes it a lot better!”

“For Christmas Eve we buy each other pajamas, and put them on the morning of Christmas Eve and wear them throughout the day no matter where we go: Christmas Eve church service, last year it was picking up a car in the shop with a onesie with a butt flap.  So we like to get embarrassing for each other, but it’s always fun.” —Kelsea Ballerini

“I got up one morning.  We lived at 205 Richard Street in Kent, Missouri.  It was the 2nd house that I grew up in, and it was a very short hallway.  I ran down the hallway and there was this complete New York Jets miniature football outfit underneath the tree.  Now, that was very random since I grew up in Kent, Missouri.  Must’ve been on sale or my parents decided to get it, but we had zero ties to the New York Jets.” —David Nail

Dan from Dan and Shay’s favorite gift was a “Nintendo 64” back in the day when that was THE gaming system to get.  His parents fooled him with a bunch of socks and underwear at first, all the gifts that kids DON’T want, then surprising him with what he most wanted.

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Videos courtesy of Nashville Country Club.

Don’t forget to grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate, tune in, and get ready to get in the Christmas spirit TONIGHT at 8pm/central on ABC! You don’t want to miss this holiday spectacular that’s fun for the entire family and will have you singing along! 









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