CMA Country Christmas – The Complete Recap

2020 ACM Entertainer of the Year, Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins hosted CMA Country Christmas this year, which premiered last night on ABC. Keep reading below to see which other artists made an appearance during the holiday special.

CMA Country Christmas Recap

After playful banter between Rhett and his wife, Lady A let themselves in to perform a rendition of “Wonderful Christmastime.” Kelsea Ballerini followed with a performance of “Santa Baby.” She confessed her favorite holiday tradition is what she and her family call “Jammy Day,” where one of her relatives picks out embarrassing sets of matching pajamas for the family that has to be worn the entire day, regardless of where they are going.

After a performance of “It Wasn’t His Child” by Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line made their way to set to sing their fun, new holiday song, “Lit This Year.” Brian Kelley said he and his family hit the Florida beaches every Christmas and Hubbard takes his family to Idaho, where his wife, Hayley is from.

Gabby Barrett sang her version of “The First Noel,” which she just released digitally in October. After, Darius Rucker performed “What Child is This?” with dancer and violinist, Lindsey Sterling. Then, the show’s host performed his original holiday song, “Christmas in the Country.”

Little Big Town sang “Christmas Time is Here” before Dan + Shay performed their brand new original song, “Christmas Isn’t Christmas,” just released on November 20th. Lady A took the stage again to perform the final song of the night, the Beach Boys classic, “Little Saint Nick.” It was a wonderful night to relax and enjoy CMA Country Christmas with some of our favorite artists.

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