The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is proud to announce a holiday gift back to its hometown.  For the second year in a row, The Celebration will present award-winning performer Diana Rae and her all-original Christmas Concert and Storytelling, "A Noel Nighty Night" on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4:00 p.m. at The Fly Arts Center. Admission to the show is free. No tickets will be needed.

    "A Noel Nighty Night" is a celebration of the family spirit and the traditions of the holiday season brought to life through original songs, stories and audience participation.  It is truly a unique and heartwarming family event.

    "Shelbyville and Bedford County are so good to us all year round," said Celebration Board Chairman John T Bobo.  "We wanted to do something at this time of year to show our appreciation to the community for helping make our event such a success."
    Ms. Rae's work has appeared on gold, platinum, and Grammy Award winning albums recorded by artists including Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Confederate Railroad, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Aaron Neville.

    "A Noel Nighty Night" has received numerous national parenting honors such as the National Parenting Association Gold Award, the Parent's Guide to Children's Media Classic Award, and the Parents Choice Award.  In addition, Ms. Rae has performed at Christmas at The White House and has been an opening act for The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Concert.

    "We feel very fortunate to be able to bring such a talented performer to Shelbyville," commented Celebration CEO Ron Thomas.  "We received such kind compliments about the show last year, we wanted to give everyone a chance to
see it again."

    "We also thank the Times-Gazette, WLIJ, and the Chamber of Commerce for their help in promoting the event."
    While admission is free, attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy as a donation to the United State Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

    Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the show.  "A Noel Nighty Night" is geared toward children ages 3-10, but will delight parents and grandparents alike.  The show's setting is Christmas Eve, so the youngsters are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing holiday clothing or pajamas.