The favorite time of year for Martina McBride is Christmas, and the country superstar will be sharing the holidays with fans old and new this year with appearances in two television specials, a new music video, a cut on the popular A Very Special Christmas album and her 16-city “The Joy of Christmas” Tour.

The new tour kicks off at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Friday, November 23, 2012 and wraps up December 21 in Chicago. Backed by a 12-piece band, complete with a string section, Martina brings her love of the holidays to intimate theaters. A video screen depicting wintery street scenes, busy shoppers, snowy mountains and more, tastefully complements traditional and contemporary holiday classics. Multiple wardrobe changes, a duet with “The King,” local celebs reciting “The Grinch,” and a home video of the McBride’s on Christmas morning are guaranteed to put fans in the Christmas spirit.

“My goal is to put everyone in the Christmas spirit by bringing every aspect of Christmas to life on stage,” said Martina during her tour rehearsal. “We perform everything from pop classics like ‘Let it Snow’ and ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ to the beautiful hymns such as ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘O Holy Night.’ One of the parts I’m most looking forward to is when I go into the audience to chat with fans. It’s spontaneous and fun, because you never know what’s going to happen! I love Christmas, and I’ve put together a show that is powerful and full of emotion, as well as fun for the whole family. I would love for this show to become a holiday tradition for everyone.”

Main Street in historic Franklin, Tennessee was transformed into a winter wonderland recently for the production of Martina’s “Please Come Home for Christmas” music video. Lights, decorations, Christmas trees and even an artificial snow-making machine were brought in for the shoot, which also included appearances by several Special Olympians. The clip was directed by Roman White and will begin airing later this month. The cut is one of the highlights on the 25th anniversary of the A Very Special Christmas holiday music series, benefitting Special Olympics.

A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary andVery Special Christmas: Bringing Peace On Earth are available for download on iTunes and at retailers nationwide, including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more. To learn more about A Very Special Christmas, visit www.averyspecialchristmas.org.

ABC’s “CMA Country Christmas” network television special taped in Nashville earlier this month, and one of the highlights of the show was Martina’s beautiful rendition of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” The popular two-hour show will air will air Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 9:00pm ET and repeat Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23.

For more news, tour dates, ticket information and more, visit www.MartinaMcBride.com.

Martina McBride’s Joy of Christmas 2012 Tour Dates:
11/23 – Atlanta, GA                    Fox Theatre
11/24 – Norfolk, VA                   Constant Convocation Center
11/25 – Roanoke, VA                  Roanoke Civic Center
11/29 – Green Bay, WI               Time Warner CableTheatre
 12/1 – Milwaukee, WI                Milwaukee Theatre
12/6 – Kingston, Ontario           K-Rock Centre
12/7 – Westbury, NY                  Theatre at Westbury
12/8 – Williamsport, PA           Community Arts Center
12/9 – W Long Branch, NJ        MAC Center at Monmouth
12/12 – Springfield, IL               Prairie Capital Convention Center
12/13 – Pittsburgh, PA               Benedum Center
12/14 – Albany, NY                     The Palace Theatre
12/15 – Lowell, MA                     Lowell Memorial Auditorium
12/17 – Fayetteville, NC             Cumberland County Auditorium
12/20 – Kansas City, MO           The Midland by AMC
12/21  – Chicago, IL                    Chicago Theatre