Christmas Events Feature Ball, Tritt, Diffie and McEntire

Country artists are in demand as the Christmas season gets underway. David Ball and Little Jimmy Dickens will be on hand for the third annual Ryman Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in downtown Nashville on Friday (Nov. 23) immediately before the Grand Ole Opry gets underway at the Ryman. Travis Tritt will be part of the 78th annual Christmas Pageant of Peace, Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C. President George W. Bush will light the national Christmas tree on the Ellipse, near the White House. On Dec. 6 and 7, Tammy Cochran, Joe Diffie and Carolyn Dawn Johnson contribute to Cox Carols by Candlelight at the California Center for the Arts in Econdido, Calif. And Reba McEntire will host Christmas in Washington on Dec. 9. The 20th annual event will be taped for telecast Dec. 16 on cable channel TNT. Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church and Mandy Moore also are set to participate. 11/19/01