Our Story

The Christmas Show, 2003

A spectacle of familiar Christmas tunes and classic comedy, The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is presented in the format of a live radio broadcast from 1225 AM N-O-E-L Radio. An original variety show produced by Will Hearn, The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show features Americana band Blue Water Highway, along with a traditional big band, gospel choir, and the best singers and entertainers in Texas. 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 of high school, wanted to write and perform a Christmas show of sorts… something different from anything else out there. Feeling the current market for Christmas entertainment was stale and overdone, the three friends developed a show concept that they like to call progressive nostalgia - a variety show performed within the concept of a live 1940's radio broadcast at 1225 AM N-O-E-L Radio. 

The show started out as a one-night-only fundraiser for the Brazoria County Youth Home. The show was a surprise hit, quickly selling out. It was produced again in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2015 and bumped up to three sell-out performances! In 2016, the show went on a successful mini-tour to San Marcos and New Braunfels and sold nearly a thousand tickets between the two dates. Last year, the show expanded to five markets with eight dates across Texas. Additionally, the show’s first live broadcast on a syndicated radio program was heard from Oregon to Florida, partnering with 95.9 FM The Ranch of Fort Worth and Justin Frazell, host of the Texas Red Dirt Roads radio show. 

This year, The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is visiting Victoria, Houston, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Lake Jackson, Wichita Falls, Lewisville and Fort Worth.

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.