The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is a live, one-of-a-kind musical variety show bringing all-time favorite Christmas classics and original sketch comedy antics to theaters across Texas. An original by The Grand Ol’ Production Company, produced by Will Hearn, featuring globally-acclaimed “Texas Piano Man” Robert Ellis and Americana standout Blue Water Highway as well as a cast of the best artists and entertainers in Texas.
In 2019, The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show will head to Fort Worth, Victoria, Houston, Arlington, New Braunfels, Lewisville, Wichita Falls, and Lake Jackson for a total of twelve performances. Not only that, but we are excited to announce a new partnership with The Country Network who will broadcast our show nationwide for 11 nights during the Christmas season!
The show’s history began in 2003 when producer Will Hearn and Blue Water Highway’s Greg Essington and Zack Kibodeaux, in their senior year at Brazoswood High School, wanted to write and perform a Christmas show of sorts…something different from anything else out there. Realizing the current market for Christmas entertainment was stale and overly commercialized, the three friends developed a show that combines progressive and culturally relevant ideas with nostalgic Christmas tunes performed through the framework of a vintage time period that appeals to a multi-generational audience. This unique concept is something we like to call progressive nostalgia—that take me back feeling that everyone can relate to, and this is something we like to think has contributed to our growth.
The show in 2003 started out as a one-night-only fundraiser for the Brazoria County Youth Home and turned out to be a surprise hit and a standing-room-only sell out. So, we produced again in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2015 and continued to sell out every single show.
Executive producer Will Hearn formally took over the reigns in 2016 and absorbed the show into his production company, The Grand Ol’ Production Company. With its demand and popularity continuing to grow, Mr. Hearn oversaw the first successful Grand Ol’ mini-tour in 2016 which sold nearly a thousand tickets for two shows in San Marcos and New Braunfels leading to an expanded tour in 2017 with eight shows in five cities across Texas, and for the first time since it’s inception, the show partnered with Fort Worth's 95.9FM The Ranch and Justin Frazell's ‘Texas Red Dirt Roads’ radio show, for its first live radio broadcast on a syndicated radio program that was heard on dozens of affiliate networks across the US, from Oregon to Florida.
The Grand Ol' Christmas Show's history is rooted in charitable giving. Since the show’s inception fifteen years ago, the artists involved have helped raise over $100,000 for various charitable organizations including the Brazoria County Youth Home, Agape in Action, The Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences, and Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria County.
We will continue to honor those charitable roots by donating a portion of this year’s ticket proceeds to Habitat for Humanity.