The holidays have a different effect on many. For some, it’s a joyous season. For others, it can be really emotional. No matter your view of the season, it’s always a time to reflect on those you love.
If you’re feeling a bit like the Grinch, the small Eastern Kentucky town of Prestonsburg hosts the perfect remedy to kicking your Holiday Spirit into high gear. Bille Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry Christmas show has something for everyone. You can have your photo taken with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who. Or maybe you’d like to set on Santa’s knee at the top of the stairs, riding the slide back to the bottom, ala the classic movie “A Christmas Story”. We don’t suggest asking for a Red Ryder BB Gun though, we all know how that will end, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”!
Kentucky Opry Christmas is actually two shows in one. You’ll be entertained for 2-1/2 hours at a very low cost. So low, that in my honest opinion, is too low. If you saw this show in Pigeon Forge or Branson, you would easily pay $40+ per ticket. At the MAC, upper-level seats are only $10, while the best seats in the house are a mere $14. I don’t know about your finances, but a bargain is always welcome at our home. You will want to hurry and order your tickets. There are only four more shows this Holiday Season.
The first show is comprised of the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros. These performers range from ages 6-16 years old and they were all fantastic! The Junior show is a bit more kid-oriented, so you’ll hear many favorites from your own childhood and many more that will warm your heart!
As the intermission comes to a close, you can expect a very special visitor before the second show begins. One that picks a couple children and delivers them their very own Christmas gift. As you can see the reactions of this young lady, that visitor is a hit!
The second show is littered with many different styles and trust me when I say, that’s a great thing. From the soaring guitars of Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Alabama’s “Christmas In Dixie” to the blues-inspired “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, you’ll find yourself eager to see where the journey takes you next!
Let’s not forget the reason for the season though. It is a holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ and you will be rejoiced to hear such talented performers praising His name.
You’ll also get a little comic relief on the night, as the resident bumbling comedian “Munroe” makes a few appearances. Including a tug-of-war for his love during “Santa, Baby”. You may even be blessed (or is it cursed) with Munroe’s sister, Girlie Simple. All she wants for Christmas? A few laughs and her front teeth if you will!
This show is the perfect destination for any and all groups. Especially Church Groups and Senior Citizens Groups. There are few steps, comfortable seats, great concessions, friendly staff and a light and sound production that is second to none. Capacity at the MAC is only 1,044 people, so there truly is not a bad seat in the entire venue. If you’ve never been to the MAC, I highly suggest you remedy that by starting with this wonderful production that is entirely made up of folks that call Eastern Kentucky home. Your money helps fund the arts and it all stays right at home.
Gather up the family and head to Prestonsburg. Tell em Capture Kentucky sent ya. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from us to you!