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Jennifer Nettles, Little Big Town, others set for CMA Country Christmas

Jennifer Nettles returns to host CMA Country Christmas for the fifth year in a row. The special, which tapes in front of a live audience November 7th, will air during the holiday season on ABC.

“After being the host of ‘CMA Country Christmas,’ for five years now, it is hard to pick one thing I love about it. There are so many fun moments,” Nettles said. “Whether it is the performances or duets, getting to perform Christmas songs with great artists is really fun for me. It’s really a fun show all around.”

Artists scheduled to perform and celebrate the season include Little Big Town, Jennifer, Michael W. Smith, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Broadway star Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood.

For the third year, audience members are being 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 toys beginning at 5 pm CT on November 7th. In 2013, the group collected more than 5,000 toys.

“Our artist community is extremely generous and so are our fans,” Trahern said. “It is our goal to make sure no child goes without a present this Christmas and we are grateful to our partners at Generosity for helping to make this a dream come true for children in Nashville.”

Tickets for CMA Country Christmas are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster; 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 are $25 for Upper-Level seating and $50 for Lower- and Club-Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees.