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Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes + More Booked for 2014 ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Special

Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood
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Merry early Christmas! This year’s ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special headliners have just been announced, and they’re so exciting, country fans will be having a holly jolly Christmas, indeed.

Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, and Dan + Shay are all confirmed for the special holiday taping, taking place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. As in years past, Jennifer Nettles will be hosting the program, which runs for two hours.

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

Joining the headliners will be Broadway and film star Idina Menzel (songs from ‘Frozen’ would certainly be appropriate as the flurries begin), LeAnn Rimes and Michael W. Smith.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping for a special toy drive that is being organized by Nashville non-profit Generosity. Last year, more than 5,000 toys were collected to help children in need have a bright Christmas, too.

Of course, the 2014 ‘CMA Country Christmas’ show will be airing this holiday season on ABC, but the air date has not yet been announced.

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