Our Story

The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is a live, one-of-a-kind musical variety show bringing all-time favorite Christmas classics and original slapstick shenanigans to theaters across Texas.  An HNH production by Will Hearn, The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show features nationally-touring Americana band Blue Water Highway and some of the best artists and entertainers in Texas, backed by the N-O-E-L Orchestra & Gospel Singers. Our staged production is performed “within the studio” of a live 1940’s radio show and broadcast on the 1225 AM, N-O-E-L Radio network.  The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show hearkens back to a simpler era and will leave you with a feeling you haven't felt in a long time.

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 has mass appeal to a multi-generational audience, a concept they call progressive nostalgia.

The show 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. Produced again in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2015 and continuing 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, HNH Productions. With its demand and popularity continuing to grow, HNH 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 cites 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.

In 2018 The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show will head back to Victoria, Houston, New Braunfels, Lake Jackson, Fort Worth, and stops in San Marcos, Wichita Falls, and Lewisville for a total of fourteen performances. 

Giving Back

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.

The Christmas Show, 2003