The Country Music Association has revealed this year’s host and performers for its 13th annual holiday television special, CMA Country Christmas. Hosted by star Carly Pearce, CMA Country Christmas will feature performances by Steven Curtis Chapman, Dan + Shay, Scotty McCreery, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Pearce, Molly Tuttle, and The War And Treaty.
CMA Country Christmas airs Thursday, Dec. 8 (9:00-10:01 PM/EST) on ABC and the next day on Hulu and Disney+.
Carly posted to her Instagram, “SO excited & honored to be your host again this year for @cma Country Christmas! Y’all tune in Thursday, Dec. 8 (Christmas tree emoji) #CMAchristmas.”
Fans reacted, with one commenting, “Yaaaaay, I can’t wait!!!” Another fan wrote, “Be watching you for sure. Merry Christmas.” A friend responded, “So fun filming with you! Can’t wait to see it!”
Pearce talked with us about Christmas last year. “We always went to my Grandma and Grandpa Pearce’s house that. I always talk about in my music. And we always would go; there were a few houses in my area in Kentucky that they decorated like nothing I’ve ever seen. There was even a Santa and Mrs. Claus that would sit outside and hand out hot chocolate and things to the kids, and we always did that.”
She also chatted with us about her holiday traditions, “I think just the tradition of being with family, always going to my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve, and opening presents and going to midnight Christmas Eve service.”
Starting in 2010, “CMA Country Christmas” rings in the holiday season annually with a show full of festive classics and one-of-a-kind musical performances. The event is filmed in Nashville and airs each holiday season on ABC. ABC is the network home to the CMA Awards and CMA’s summer concert TV special “CMA Fest.”