Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins, are gearing up to host CMA Country Christmas and the show is going to be jam-packed with star power.
Just two weeks ahead of the show’s debut, the Country Music Association has revealed that Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, and Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling are confirmed to appear on the annual holiday celebration.
Hosted by the beloved country couple, the special will take place in a “cozy Christmas home” and will also feature an appearance by the Akins children: Willa Gray, Ada James and Lennon Love.
“The idea for this year’s show was to do a throwback of the great Christmas specials of the 1960s and 1970s,” Robert Deaton, CMA Country Christmas Executive Producer explains. “Andy Williams, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra all had classic Christmas specials where the viewer was invited into the homes of the host to celebrate the holiday like a best friend coming to visit. That was what we wanted to create for this year’s show. Instead of a big flashy production, we took a page from those iconic specials to say, ‘Come relax, and let’s celebrate the holidays together.’”
CMA Country Christmas is scheduled to air on Monday, November 30 at 9/8c on ABC. See a preview of the show below.