Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s ‘CMA Country Christmas’ TV Special

by Jim Casey
(photo courtesy Hunter Berry/CMA)

The 12th annual CMA Country Christmas television special will air tonight (November 29). And we’ve got everything you need to know about the holiday extravaganza, including co-hosts, time, channel, lineup, setlist, and more.

Channel, Time & Hosts

CMA Country Christmas will air on November 29 at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) on ABC. The one-hour show will be helmed by first-time co-hosts Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce. If you miss tonight’s performances, which were pre-recorded in Nashville, you can watch via Hulu beginning on November 30.

“Get in the holiday spirit with me and @gabbybarrett_ tonight as I not only host but also perform on #CMAChristmas!” said Carly Pearce via Instagram.

“So excited to be hosting CMA Country Christmas w/ ma girl @carlypearce,” added Gabby Barrett via Instagram. “It’s my FAVORITE time of the year.”

Lineup & Set List

Tonight’s lineup will feature performances by Carly Pearce, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen with Louis York & The Shindellas, Breland, Brett Eldredge, Lady A, Pistol Annies, Carrie Underwood, and Lainey Wilson 

In addition, CMA Country Christmas will feature two student musicians, supporting the Country Music Association’s commitment to music education. A student at Nashville School of the Arts, Truman Eltringham, 17, and Carter Hammonds, an 8-year-old student at FH Jenkins Preparatory School, will join Carly and Gabby for a performance.  

Check out the setlist below.

  • Gabby Barrett: “Silent Night”
  • Carly Pearce: “O Holy Night”
  • Gabby Barrett, Carly Pearce, Truman Eltringham & Carter Hammonds: “Sleight Ride”
  • Jimmie Allen with Louis York and The Shindellas: “What Does Christmas Mean”
  • Breland: “The Christmas Song”
  • Brett Eldredge: “Merry Christmas Baby”
  • Lady A: “Christmas Through Your Eyes”
  • Pistol Annies: “Snow Globe”
  • Carrie Underwood: “Mary, Did You Know?”
  • Lainey Wilson: “Christmas Cookies” 

CMA Country Christmas

Starting in 2010, CMA Country Christmas has been ringing in the holiday season annually with a show full of festive classics and one-of-a-kind musical performances. The event is filmed in Nashville and airs each holiday season on ABC. Of course, ABC is the network home to the CMA Awards and CMA’s summer concert TV special, CMA Fest. 

Once again, the Country Music Association partnered with Balsam Hill for the holiday decor and Christmas trees that adorned the stage during this year’s showcase.

Robert Deaton served as the executive producer and writer of CMA Country Christmas, while Paul Miller directed the show.   

“Who’s ready for a lil Christmas cheer!? said Lainey Wilson via Twitter. “I know I am. Tune in to #CMAChristmas tonight at 8/7c on ABC to get in the holiday spirit with me!”

“The holiday season is officially upon us!” said Lady A via Instagram. “#CMAchristmas airs tonight at 8/7c on ABC.”