GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys are celebrating the holiday season this year with a superb event at the Gaylord Opryland resort. The Oaks’ Christmas show has been a tradition for the band, but this year they are staying home in Tennessee with a 31-show residency inside the Tennessee Ballroom of the famed resort.
As guests arrive to the venue, they are greeted with the Opryland’s impressive light displays outside. Once inside the ticketed area, guests are photographed on a green screen which is then super-imposed over a Christmas setting and the photo is then offered to guests to purchase. At only $25 for an 8×10 of your party, a Christmas photo of The Oaks’, 2 smaller photos, and a QR code for online access, it is a steal in my opinion and a great souvenir of the night.
As you enter the venue you are ushered to one of the many 10-seat tables scattered around the room. Once seated an eager catering crew begins serving an amazing holiday meal prepared by the resort’s culinary team. The meal features a first course with amazing pie-crust truffle mushroom bisque, followed by the main course of pan-seared French cut chicken breast covered in pan gravy on a bed of whipped potatoes, accompanied by savory cranberry stuffing and fresh cooked string beans and brown butter and sugar dusted soft rolls. Dessert features a very rich cherry crunch filling under chocolate mousse. During this roughly hour segment which allows everyone to get seated and fed, the emcee for the night announces some historical facts about the band, before introducing the current members.
As soon as The Oaks’ take the stage, snow begins to fall upon the stage which paints the perfect Christmas photo. The Oaks’ perform 3 or 4 holiday classics before jumping into a small set of Oak Ridge Boy favorites including Elvira and American Made.
After the hits the band jumps back into the Christmas set with Santa’s Song which features Old Saint Nick himself making an appearance at the end of the song. At the end of the song Santa comes down into the crowd to meet with any children young and old that come up to the front. During this period the band heads over to stage right and settle into 4 rocking chairs in front of a fireplace. After Santa finished the band took turns telling stories about their favorite songs, before breaking into each song after the introduction. After the rocking chair segment, the band returns to the main stage for a few more songs as the snow starts falling on the stage again, before the band bids everyone a Merry Christmas and ends the nearly two-hour show.
This show is definitely a must do for the holiday season.
Promo photos provided by The Oak Ridge Boys