Reba McEntire will return to host the CMA Country Christmas TV special this year, for the second year in a row. Performers, as well as an earlier-than-usual taping date and new venue, have been revealed by the Country Music Association.

Joining McEntire for CMA Country Christmas 2018 will be Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, the Isaacs and Brett Young. The featured artists will perform both holiday classics and Christmas songs of their own during the two-hour TV special.

“I’ve always cherished celebrating Christmas alongside family and friends, taking time to reflect on the season,” McEntire, who also hosted CMA Country Christmas in 2017, says in a press release. “I’m so excited CMA invited me back to host their show and am looking forward to some fun singing carols with my friends.”

In years past, CMA Country Christmas has been taped in November, around the time of the CMA Awards, at the Grand Ole Opry House and Bridgestone Arena. For 2018, the TV special will tape on Sept. 27, at Belmont University's Curb Event Center; details about the show's air time will be announced at a later date.

As in past years, fans are invited to attend the CMA Country Christmas taping. Tickets for the show will go on sale on Aug. 27 at 10AM CT. Visit for more details.

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