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Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum Celebrates The Holiday Season With Deck The Hall Festivities

November 04, 2019
Exterior of Country Music Hall of Fame taken from a drone.

The museum’s month-long holiday celebration begins Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, with a tree lighting ceremony and special performance by the McCrary Sisters.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 4, 2019 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s annual Deck the Hall eventa month-long holiday celebration supported by Balsam Hill and Hilton Nashville Downtown, kicks off Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at 4:30 p.m., with the lighting of a 25-foot Balsam Hill Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. The event features a special performance by gospel group The McCrary Sisters, who will sing holiday classics from their recent album, A Very McCrary Christmas.  

The McCrary Sisters’ spirited concerts and stirring recordings have earned them a loyal and passionate following. Additionally, they are known for their contributions – individually and as a group – to recordings and performances by an array of artists, including Bob Dylan, Mary Gauthier, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Buddy Miller, Margo Price and Carrie Underwood.   

“The tree lighting and the McCrary Sisters’ performance mark the beginning of our season of special holiday programs,” said Ali Tonn, the museum's senior director of education and public programs. “With a long-standing commitment to our community, we welcome everyone from across Middle Tennessee, and beyond, to make a visit to the museum a part of their holiday traditions.”

In addition to the tree-lighting ceremony, museum-guests can take part in these fun, festive activities during the holiday season:

  • Free photos with Santa Claus in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory every Saturday from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a free puppet show created by the Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions, in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, returns for a two-day run, Nov. 29 and 30.
  • Sunday, Dec. 8, kids can print their own Hatch Show Print poster for free and learn about letterpress printing from the staff of one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the United States.
  • A variety of hands-on activities will take place in the Taylor Swift Education Center, including the beginner electric guitar workshop, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” on Dec. 7; holiday paper craft fun with Hatch Show Print on Saturday, Dec. 14; creating mini-museum snow globes on Saturday, Dec. 21; decorating country ornaments on Sunday, Dec. 22; exploring the instruments of country music during a Musical Petting Zoo on Dec. 28; and making black-eyed-pea maracas on New Year’s Day.

Most holiday programs are included with museum admission and free to museum members. Through Community Counts, local youth from Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties receive free museum admission. Free or discount admission is also available for adults. Click here for Community Counts details.

The museum’s retail stores will also offer special promotions this holiday season. Beginning Friday, Nov. 29, and running through Dec. 31, guests will receive a free recycled tote bag with a purchase of $30 or more at Circa The Museum Store, while supplies last. Additionally, the first 25 in-store shoppers on Nov. 29 will receive a free individual museum membership with a purchase of $30 or more at Circa The Museum store.

A comprehensive list of all Deck the Hall activities can be found at


Suggested Tweet: It’s time to #DeckTheHall! Don’t miss the fun at @countrymusichof this holiday season. It all starts Nov. 29 with the annual tree lighting and a performance by @McCrarySisters.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Contact: 
Aubrey Miller  615.416.2098

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and welcomes over one million patrons each year, placing it among the most visited history museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio B®, Hatch Show Print®, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive, and CMF Press. Museum programs are funded in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at or by calling (615) 416-2001.

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