Crystal Gayle, who was invited Tuesday night to join the Grand Ole Opry in January 2017, will kick off Deck the Hall—a full schedule of holiday activities—at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Friday, Nov. 25. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a performance by the Grammy-award winning artist that will include hits as well as some holiday classics. She will then light a thirty-foot Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. Following the performance and tree lighting, Gayle will sign copies of her CDs available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Gayle’s performance launches a month filled with music and cheer at the museum. As part of its annual Deck the Hall festivities, the museum will host a holiday performance with Wynonna & the Big Noise on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., in the museum’s CMA Theater. The concert will include a mix of holiday favorites, Wynonna’s biggest hits and new music.
Tickets for the concert start at $55. A limited number of VIP packages are available, including premier seating, artists meet-and-greet, and a limited edition Hatch Show Print poster. For more information and to purchase tickets visit countrymusichalloffame.org/deckthehall2016.
The museum will offer many free activities that blend music, art, education and even Santa Claus, promising fun for the entire family.
Santa Claus will pose for free photos with children of all ages every Saturday and Sunday during Deck the Hall. Don’t miss Santa Nov. 25–27, Dec. 3–4, Dec. 10–11 and Dec. 17–18. String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a puppet show created by a partnership of the Nashville Public Library and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, returns to the museum for a two-day run, Nov. 25–26.
On Dec. 4, kids of all ages can get hands-on with a letterpress for free at Hatch Show Print. Participants will learn about letterpress printing in one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the United States. Hatch staff will help participants create their very own letterpress art using carved wood, linoleum and metal block images from the Hatch collection.
Additional hands-on activities in the Taylor Swift Education Center (TSEC) will provide fun throughout Deck the Hall, including cookie and ornament decorating on Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Museum admission or membership is required for programs in TSEC. Cookies, icing and edible decorations will be provided.
The museum will again present A Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B, which will include a tour of the studio and a holiday concert with guitarist Meagan Taylor, great-niece of Chet Atkins, pianist Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer, and Country Music Hall of Fame members Charlie McCoy and Brenda Lee. Dates are Dec. 10 and 11. Seating is limited and tickets are $25. Tours departing from the museum at 3:00 p.m. have sold out. Due to popular demand additional 4:15 p.m. tours have been added.
Admission to most holiday programs is free with museum admission and free to museum members. Individual membership starts at $45 and makes a great holiday gift. The museum’s retail shops also have items for every shopper’s budget this season, including LPs and CDs, specialty books, Nashville-made gifts, food and home accessories, men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry and much more.
For additional details and a comprehensive list of all Deck the Hall performances, films and hands-on activities for kids and families, visit countrymusichalloffame.org/deckthehall2016. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #DeckTheHall.