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"We were so thrilled to have been able to bring the show to Knoxville this past December. The people who we met and who came to see us truly made all the hard work worth it and we couldn't be more thankful. 

This musical “The Best Thing About Christmas” actually came from a poem that was given over the pulpit at my church in Nashville. That same day I asked for a copy of it and wrote the song a couple days later. It was one of those songs that wrote itself but I didn’t really know what to do with it. About 10 years later I felt an urge to try something new...really new. “How hard could writing a musical script be?” I thought. Well, after four years of writing and re-writing and collaborating with some seriously talented and creative people, we felt we had something special. In December 2021 we debuted the show in Salt Lake City at a brand new venue and brought the music, characters, and "Christmas-in-Nashville" vibe to 1600 people over 10 shows. It was truly a magical experience and one that I will never forget. It paved the way for us now to bring the story and music back home to Tennessee, back where this whole dream started.  

If you know me at all you’ll notice how closely many of the characters mirror my own life experience, weaknesses, and hopefully a couple of strengths. These songs come straight from my own life and some were even written for my brothers band to pitch to record execs as we pounded the pavement on Music Row. Many were written in hard to explain moments when I needed the right tone or message to accent the story and it seemed to drop out of Heaven...all gift wrapped with a bow. Regardless, they represent who I am, who I want to be, and hopefully what we can all strive to become…the best versions of ourselves, because we too have found out the best thing about Christmas…that to find ourselves we must lose ourselves in doing good.“

-D. Hinckley 

Maisy Caudle as Sadie | Behind The Musical Tennessee Tour '23: The Best Thing About Christmas | 🌟
Tickets for our 2023 Tour Are Live
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"Experience the Magic of Christmas: 'That Could Be Me' Official Music Video 2022 | #OfficialMV"
"The Best Thing About Christmas" Tennessee 2022
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Christmas 2021 Trailer


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What People Are Saying About Our Debut in '21 

'Wow!!! What a stunning performance this was by Derek G Hinckley and his fellow artists and crew members!"

"It was such a joy to watch and I would highly recommend it to all with two thumbs up and 5 stars!"

"Loved the show! Thanks to an excellent and talented cast who beautifully shared this story!"

"Your play was a blessing to me and to many who saw it...can't wait for you to come back next year!"

"Keep this tradition going!"

"My husband and I went last night and before the show we had a chance to talk to Derek's parents. The performance was very well done and enjoyable and touching!"

Comments from our 2022 Performances

“I want you to know your musical has truly changed lives. My daughter now wants to know more about angels and how to help people in need”

“This was one of the BEST CHRISTMAS plays I have ever seen. May God continue to bless your efforts and talents as you serve Him!”

“My niece, nephew, daughter, and I sing your songs daily. Please come 

back to Knoxville. We will be there.”

“It was great! Loved the Message”

“Great show! So glad we were there!”   

“Best show I’ve ever seen!”

“Touched my heart and made me laugh!”

2022 Highlights