It’s the most artsy time of the year! Whether you are looking to start a family tradition of seeing a holiday show, or hoping to give the gift of an experience to someone you love, here are some exciting holiday performances in Phoenix you won’t want to miss this holiday season.
A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tale: This Valley Youth Theatre tradition has been going strong for over 25 years! A delightful family experience that is welcoming of younger kids and includes all the classic hundred acre wood characters you love as well as some sweet music. This show has plenty of matinees, including over that week after school releases for holiday break and you are wondering what to do with your littles. The show runs select dates December 2-23 and there is a special military appreciation show on December 20th. Click HERE for tickets and more information.
The Nutcracker: The annual production of Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker returns to Symphony Hall. Perhaps one of the most well known holiday performances in Phoenix, if you are looking for a family tradition this one doesn’t disappoint. Ballet Arizona pairs with the Phoenix symphony and it is hard to tell what is the most enchanting- the music, the dancing, or the beautiful costumes and scenery. The Nutcracker runs December 9-24 and you can get more information and find tickets HERE.
The Wickham’s: Christmas at Pemberley: This is the perfect holiday show for your older kids- those who have just celebrated or struggled through that Jane Austen unit in English class especially. Or, if you are looking for a date night, this show will be enjoyable for more than just hardcore literary fans with plenty of wit and fun. If you are looking for something a little different this holiday season you can enjoy Arizona Theatre Company’s production of The Wickham’s: Christmas at Pemberley which is described as, “a celebration of family and forgiveness.” The show performs at the Herberger December 8-23 and tickets and more information can be found HERE.
A Christmas Carol: It wouldn’t be a holiday performances roundup without including at least one Christmas Carol production. TheaterWorks brings a new adaptation of the classic tale to life in this show that is recommended for ages 8 and up. It runs December 2-24 and you can read more about it and get your tickets HERE. BONUS recommendation: Do you have a younger kid or are you looking for a free show for the holidays? TheaterWorks is also offering an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Fir Tree– a holiday themed fairy tale that is only 70 minutes long and suitable for all ages the first three Saturdays in December. More information on that HERE.
The Merriest: Part of Phoenix Theatre’s Company Concert Series, The Merriest is essentially a Christmas Cabaret that is perfect for when you want to escape some of the larger hustle and bustle of the holidays. This is a great option for a date night or to bring a sibling or parent with you to escape the endless holiday to-do lists for a while and enjoy a two person concert. You only have one week to see this show, which runs December 17-23 and is described as, “an enchanting evening of show tunes, holiday standards, and a few surprises” To get your tickets and more information, you can go to Phoenix Theatre’s performance calendar HERE.
A Christmas Story: The classic Christmas movie comes to life at Desert Stages. Take a break from your shopping at Fashion Square to pop over to Desert Stages. In the show, you’ll follow the midwestern family of Ralphie Parker through all their holiday misadventures running through December 23rd. More information how to purchase tickets can be found HERE.
Handel’s Messiah: As holiday performances go, it doesn’t get more epic than hearing the Hallelujah Chorus live. The Phoenix Symphony performs Handel’s Messiah at various locations around the valley December 15-18. To see locations and get more information on tickets, click HERE.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: If you have young children you are hoping to introduce to the theatre, you can never go wrong with Childsplay. Recommended for kids age 4 and up, this production of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is playing at the Herberger Theatre Center from the end of November through December 24th and is the perfect family experience to add to your holiday list. If you already have a theatre lover in your family, you can also purchase a backstage tour after the 4 pm show on December 10th and December 21st. Information on the show and tour as well as tickets can be found HERE.
Do you have any performing arts events in your holiday plans?