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"Merry Christmas everyone! And welcome to the joy of the holiday season! It’s that time of the year when spirits are high, and all our dreams and fantasies can come true. It’s the best time of year when the best things of all happen…

with a little magic."

~ Karen & Richard Carpenter

The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait, 1978 TV Special


Direct from Las Vegas, Carpenters Legacy: A Christmas Portrait, starring Sally Olson as Karen Carpenter and Ned Mills as Richard Carpenter, takes the audience back in time to an old fashioned Christmas. The show recreates the nostalgia of the Carpenters' Christmas television specials and features the holiday classics "Merry Christmas, Darling", "Sleigh Ride", "The Christmas Song” and much more, and includes many of the Carpenters’ greatest hits. 

Carpenters Legacy maintains a residency in the V Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The show has played to performing arts centers, cabarets spaces including the famed Triad Theater in NYC, and SOLD OUT showrooms in Las Vegas and across the country. The show was featured at the Carpenters 50th Anniversary Celebration held in Thousand Oaks, California (April 2019) and the Carpenters 55th Anniversary Celebration (April 2024) at the Downey Theatre in Downey, California (home of the Carpenters.) Carpenters Legacy is a six time Best of Las Vegas winner and was voted “Best Impersonator” (Gold), “Best Tribute Show (Bronze) and “Best Family-Friendly Show” (Bronze) in 2023. Olson is the first-ever and only Karen and Richard Carpenter tribute artist to perform with the world-renowned Las Vegas based review Legends In Concert. Carpenters Legacy: A Christmas Portrait features a powerful live performance, historical commentary, lovely arrangements and video, taking audiences on an incredible journey down memory lane into the world of the Carpenters – the world’s ONLY authentic Carpenters tribute in sight and sound.

“Heartfelt and honest” ~ Randy Schmidt, author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

“Sally Olson and Ned Mills perfectly embody Karen and Richard Carpenter. Carpenters Legacy is nothing short of astounding.” ~ Sam Novak, Vegas 411

“Musically sound, vocally spot-on, and will please any fans of the duo.” ~ John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Christmas show studio photos by Don Cadette

SET LIST (90 minute show)

Sleigh Ride

Christmas Waltz

Medley: Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas

Ave Maria

Medley: It's Christmas Time / Don't Be Afraid / Sing

Peanuts Christmas Medley: Christmas Time Is Here / Oh, Christmas Tree / Charlie Brown Theme


The Christmas Song

(There's No Place Like) Home for The Holidays


Piano Feature: Oh, Holy Night

The First Snowfall / Let It Snow

Spike Jones Parody of Close To You

Piano Picker (Karen’s Drum Feature)

Gershwin Medley

New Year's Resolution

Merry Christmas, Darling

 Carol of The Bells

Hits Medley:

(They Long To Be) Close To You

For All We Know

Top of The World

Ticket To Ride

Only Yesterday

I Won’t Last A Day Without You

Hurting Each Other


Rainy Days And Mondays

Goodbye To Love

We've Only Just Begun

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