Fall is just now arriving, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about the holidays — the Country Music Association already has. They've just announced that CMA Country Christmas is on the calendar, to be taped in front of a live audience on Saturday, Nov. 7 in Nashville.

In previous years the Christmas spectacular took place at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. But the CMA is shaking things up this holiday season by bringing the show to country music's home, the Grand Ole Opry.

“The special will tape on a new day and in a new venue this year,” explains CMA Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Trahern. “The Opry was the home of the CMA Awards for many years and it is nice to be back. And taping the show on Saturday is more convenient for Nashville families who have made this part of their holiday traditions."

As a part of the program, CMA will partner with ABC Television Network and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program for deserving children in the community. CMA’s efforts has collected more than 5,000 gifts all in light of the holiday spirit.

“Providing new toys for deserving children shines a spotlight on a worthy endeavor and reflects the values and spirit of giving found in our artists, industry, and city,” Trahern comments of the charitable cause.

CMA Country Christmas will be recorded three days after the 2015 CMA Awards broadcast live from Music City on Nov. 4. The awards show will again be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

A network air date and host has yet to be announced for this year's CMA Country Christmas. 

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