Rock Around The Tree With This Complete Guide To The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show Guests

There are a few reasons you might tune in to Kacey Musgraves’ Amazon Prime holiday special, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show. You may want to be dazzled by Musgraves’ impressive pipes and equally jaw-dropping outfit changes over the 44-minute holiday extravaganza, which premieres Friday, November 29. 

Or you may be intrigued by Christmas Show’s impossibly stacked cast of celebrity guest appearances. In the style of last year’s Chrissy Teigen-John Legend holiday special, Musgraves is joined by a parade of A-list friends like Kendall Jenner, Camila Cabello, and Lana Del Rey. And those names are just the beginning of the cameo list.


We put together a full guide to every famous pal who stops by Musgraves’ Christmas Show abode for some holiday cheer. Continue reading for a full rundown of the cast, along with all the songs you should plan to hear. Don’t worry, the beloved narrator (Dan Levy) is included.

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Kacey Musgraves

Where you’ve seen Kacey Musgraves: On the radio. In the winner’s circle of multiple award shows, including the Grammys and CMAs. On the cover of her albums, like Golden Hour and Pageant Material

Does Kacey Musgraves sing in Christmas Show?: Most definitely. Musgraves sings in all 10 songs that appear throughout the special. 

Which Christmas song does Kacey Musgraves sing in the special?: Again, all of them. Although, Musgraves seems most passionate about her original tracks like “Ribbons and Bows” and “Christmas Makes Me Cry.” 

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The Narrator 

Portrayed by: “Daniel J. Levy,” according to the credits — aka Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy.  

Where you’ve seen Dan Levy: Winning hearts on Creek, a comedy he also created. You may also have seen Levy in this wonderful GQ video

Does Dan Levy sing in Christmas Show?: Of course not. You’re not tricking Dan Levy into singing. 

So what does Dan Levy do instead?: Shade the festive proceedings with his trademark judgmental facial expressions. Also, he wears an elf costume. 

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Kendall Jenner 

Where you’ve seen Kendall Jenner: The better question would be where you haven’t seen the older Jenner sister. Jenner has starred on Keeping Up With the Kardashians for half of her life. Although Jenner still appears on her family’s E! reality show, she has also graduated to fashion It-Girl status

Does Kendall Jenner sing in Christmas Show?: No, Jenner doesn’t follow in the musical footsteps of sisters Kim “Jam” Kardashian and Kylie “Rise And Shine” Jenner. Instead, Jenner pops into Christmas to pull a very KarJenner-themed Love Actually trick. 

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Camila Cabello 

Where you’ve seen Camila Cabello: Most recently — the stage of the AMAs. Otherwise, you’ve spotted Cabello the top of the charts with her hit “Senorita,” performing on Saturday Night Live, and, er, out and about with Shawn Mendes

Does Camila Cabello sing in Christmas Show?: Of course she does. 

Which Christmas song does Camila Cabello sing?: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”
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Lana Del Rey 

Where you’ve seen Lana Del Rey: Every playlist you’ve made since 2012. The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Pinterest, probably. 

Does Lana Del Rey sing in Christmas Show?: Yes, in the platonic ideal of a Del Rey retro look. 

Which Christmas song does Lana Del Rey sing?: A rousing rendition of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”  
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Zooey Deschanel 

Where you’ve seen Zooey Deschanel: Deschanel’s holiday claim to fame is her co-starring role in 21st century Christmas classic Elf. She also led seminal 2010s comedy New Girl for seven seasons. 

Does Zooey Deschanel sing in Christmas Show?: Yes, reminding you Deschanel is more than your favorite new girl. She also has a full musical career

Which Christmas song does Zooey Deschanel sing?: “Mele Kalikimaka,” which was also on Musgraves’ holiday album.
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Troye Sivan 

Where you’ve seen Troye Sivan: Singing in one of Ariana Grande’s most underrated duets, “Dance to This.” Sivan also had his own hit album, 2018’s Bloom

Does Troye Sivan sing in Christmas Show?: Yes, because it's the holiday season and we deserve to be happy.

Which Christmas song does Troye Sivan sing?: Musgraves’ original “Glittery” in the prettiest room of the special. 

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Leon Bridges 

Where you’ve seen Leon Bridges: On your most emotional playlist. Bridges made a name for himself with somber soul hits like “River” and “Good Things.” 

In early November 2019, the crooner released  “July,” a collaboration with Miley Cyrus’ little sister Noah Cyrus.

Does Leon Bridges sing in Christmas Show?: Yes, and he gives one of the most visually memorable performances of the entire special. 

Which Christmas song do they sing?: “Present Without A Bow,” his original duet with Musgraves from A Very Kacey Christmas.
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The Radio City Rockettes 

Where you’ve seen the Rockettes: Kicking around Rockefeller Center. 

Do they sing in Christmas Show?: No but they do show off their famous and festive moves in Musgraves’ show-stopping finale. 

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Fred Armisen 

Where you’ve seen Fred Armisen: Armisen gained fame on Saturday Night Live, where he portrayed everyone from Barack Obama to Michael Bloomberg. He left after 11 years on the NBC sketch comedy show in 2013. Still, Armisen revived his Bloomberg impression for a recent November 2019 episode of. 

Currently, Armisen is the bandleader for Late Night With Seth Meyers. He also stars in a few comedies, including Portlandia and Forever

Does Fred Armisen sing in Christmas Show in Christmas Show?: Yes, because Armisen low-key loves music

Which Christmas song does Fred Armisen sing?: “(Not So) Silent Night,” over the distracting work of a handyman.  

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James Corden 

Where you’ve seen Corden: Hosting The Late Late Show With James Corden. Hosting the Grammys and the Tonys. Hosting your nightmares after that Cats trailer

Does James Corden sing in Christmas Show?: Yes, no matter how much the snow tries to stop him and Musgraves. 

Which Christmas song does James Corden sing?: “Let It Snow,” through a snowpocalypse. 
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Barbara Musgraves, aka Kacey Musgraves’ Nana 

Where you’ve seen Nana: On Kacey Musgraves’ arm. The country crooner’s grandma was her date to the 2018 CMA awards. 

Does Nana sing in Christmas Show?: No. Nana arrives to give her granddaughter some emotional support — and a much-needed Christmas decoration — during the most emotional segment of the special. 

Which Christmas song does Nana sing?: Although Nana doesn’t sing, she does beam at Kacey as she performs her ultra glam rendition of “Ribbons and Bows.”  

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The Band 

Who are they?: While Musgraves’ band is a huge supporting character in Christmas, they’re never actually named. This is the time to remedy that issue. 

The members of the Christmas band are Crystal Alforque, Adam Keafer, Timothy McKay, Scott Quintana, Brett Resnick, Kyle Ryan, Nat Smith, Kai Welch, and Leah Zeger. Nearly all the members of the Christmas band have toured with Musgraves or performed on her holiday album A Very Kacey Christmas

Alforque has previously worked on Beyoncé tracks like “The Gift.” 

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