The holidays are almost here! Gathering with friends and family to watch some musical Christmas TV specials is a great way to usher in the season of giving. Check out our guide below for a list of this year’s all-star network specials that are geared to deliver a big dose of Christmas cheer.
CMA Country Christmas – Nov. 27 (ABC)
Grammy-winning country superstar Reba McEntire has been tapped to host what can arguably be described as country music’s most heartwarming holiday special in this year’s CMA Country Christmas. Previously hosted by Jennifer Nettles, the beloved holiday entertainment extravaganza will feature a large line up of music superstars who will perform Christmas songs old and new and share treasured family holiday memories. The official 2017 CMA Country Christmas performer lineup has recently been announced and includes Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, CeCe Winans, Trisha Yearwood, and Chris Young. The CMA Country Christmas will air at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC.
A Very Pentatonix Christmas Special – Nov. 27 (NBC)
Grammy-winning a capella vocal group Pentatonix returns for its second annual holiday TV special on NBC. The one-hour special will find the wildly popular group singing Christmas classics and selections from their recently released deluxe Christmas album A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe and are touring to support it next month (Click here for tickets). Grammy and Oscar-winning R & B superstar Jennifer Hudson is slated to appear, as well as comedian and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno. 2017 “America’s Got Talent” winner, teen singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer is also slated to perform. The special will air on NBC at 10 p.m. ET, with an encore showing on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET.
Christmas in Rockefeller Center – Nov. 29 (NBC)
Millions of people around the world tune into NBC’s broadcast of the lighting of the Christmas Tree in New York’s Rockefeller Center each year and thousands gather on the streets in NYC to see it in person. This year’s tree is reportedly a towering Norway Spruce that hails from State College, Pennsylvania. It will be cut on Nov. 9 and arrive in NYC on Nov. 11. It will reportedly be wrapped with 50,000 multicolored lights and topped with a sparkling Swarovski crystal star. This year's official performer lineup includes Leslie Odom, Jr., Jennifer Nettles, Brett Eldredge, Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani and The Tenors. The Christmas in Rockefeller special will air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
Gwen Stefani You Make It Feel Like Christmas - Dec. 12 (NBC)
Global pop rock superstar Gwen Stefani is hosting her first-ever star-studded holiday special which is titled after her new Christmas album You Make It Feel Like Christmas. The hour-long special will feature music and fun holiday-themed sketches and the Grammy-winning songstress will perform several tracks from the album including "Santa Baby," "Silent Night" and #Jingle Bells." Stefani's "Voice" co-star and current beau Blake Shelton will join her for a duet of "You Make It Feel Like Christmas," which they co-wrote together with Justin Tranter and busbee. Other famous guest stars include Seth MacFarlane, Chelsea Handler, NE-YO, and Ken Jeong. The special airs at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Taraji's White Hot Holidays 2017 - Dec. 14 (FOX)
"Empire" star Taraji P. Henson returns for the third time to host FOX's holiday musical special, Taraji's White Hot Holidays. A bevy of music superstars will appear to perform renditions of treasured holiday songs. Performers include Faith Evans, Fergie, Chaka Khan, Jussie Smollett, Ciara, Leslie Odom, Jr., Salt-N-Pepa, and the Ying Yang Twins. Equal parts funny and heartwarming, Taraji's White Hot Holidays is geared to deliver holiday cheer. Other guests include DJ Khaled, Taye Diggs, Niecy Nash and more surprise guests. The special airs at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
Showtime at the Apollo: Christmas - Dec. 14 (FOX)
Beloved comedian and TV host Steve Harvey helms this holiday special from Harlem's iconic Apollo Theater. Harvey will guide the crowd through a host of talented performers including Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Fifth Harmony and DMX. Amateur artists will also hit the stage to perform in the Christmas-themed installment of Harvey's show. The special will air at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Ann Wilson Hosts Christmas with a Heart - Dec. 17-24 (AXS TV)
Iconic rocker Ann Wilson will host AXS TV's week-long countdown to Christmas musical programming block which features Christmas concerts from some of the biggest names in music including Michael Buble', Heart, Faith Hill, and more. Wilson will introduce each concert, which airs at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT nightly and she'll also share memorable holiday moments. Click here for a more detailed Christmas with a Heart programming guide.
A Christmas Story Live! - Dec. 17 (FOX)
Fox is gearing up for another live TV musical special and this time, the network is serving up an adaptation of the beloved Christmas classic film and Pasek and Paul’s Tony-nominated Broadway musical with “A Christmas Story Live!” You’ll find Ralphie (Andy Walken), his mom (Maya Rudolph) and his dad (Chris Diamantopoulos) following his wish to find a Red Ryder Range Model BB gun under the Christmas tree. Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski and Ana Gasteyer are also on the cast roster. Per Playbill, Pasek and Paul are penning some brand new songs for the live television event. "A Christmas Story Live!" will air at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Fox.
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