Christmas with the Nelson twins at the Highlands Performing Arts Center

How many of you remember the hit TV show, Ozzie and Harriet? Then you’re probably familiar with their handsome son Ricky, the heartthrob rock star. You know the adage about apples falling from trees? Well, in this case it is 100 percent accurate. Ricky’s twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew, are rock stars, television celebrities, and dedicated family men just like their dad.

On Friday, November 23 they will be performing a new show, Christmas with the Nelsons, at Highlands PAC. It is filled with traditional Christmas music, original songs, and lots and lots of reminiscing about their entire family.

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The Nelson twins will perform at the Highlands Performing Arts Center on Nov. 23.

Christmas with the Nelsons tells the story of three family Christmases in the lives of America’s Favorite Family – The Nelsons. This heart-warming multi-media live concert experience stars the third generation of #1 Nelson Family hitmakers, Matthew and Gunnar. They’ve been thrilling sellout audiences world-wide for the past decade with their high-integrity Ricky Nelson Remembered show and their enthusiasm for this new production is infectious.

In speaking with Gunnar he wanted to make sure everyone knows this is not a holiday show – it is a Christmas show. He and his brother have wonderful memories of that time of year when all the family came together. “Our dad was the hardest working performer you’ve ever met. He loved rockin’ and it wasn’t unusual for him to do 300 shows a year; but he always made sure he was home at Christmas,” he said.

They’re also eager to come back to Highlands where they’ve performed to a sold-out audience in 2012. Calling it “God’s Country,” they may just have their whole crew with them this year. Gunnar and Matthew are big fans of PAC Executive Director, Mary Adair Trumbly, and count her as one of the biggest reasons they’re returning to Highlands.

Their Christmas show is one everyone will love with all new sets of Christmas classic songs. They’ll be introducing the newest generation of Nelson Family Kids who prove that, “Yes, we did in fact turn out to be just like our parents after all,” he laughs.

Christmas with the Nelsons will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 23, the Friday after Thanksgiving at Highlands Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in downtown Highlands. For ticket information visit or call  828-526-9047.

By Jenny King


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