A Dallas Guide to Holiday Musicals & Productions

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There’s no denying the magic of a stage show during the holidays. Something about the sights, sounds, and performances brings you straight into the wintery world of the season. We couldn’t let 2020 take away that magic, so we went on a search to bring you some of the best holiday performances happening this season locally AND through Livestream!

All live performances listed below have put in serious social distancing measures for the audience and performers. Keep in mind this means ticket pricing may be a little more expensive due to smaller audiences AND shows will sell out much quicker!

Note: Personal responsibility is huge here, as it is with any public activities during this time. Please wear your masks, social distance, and stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID. Double check before you head to a location to be sure they’re still proceeding as planned.

Dallas Christmas shows stage theater{BY DATE}

TCHAIKOVSKY’S The Nutcracker :: Meyerson Symphony Center :: November 27-29, 2020
Get into the festive spirit early with Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet The Nutcracker as presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Tickets from $64. 2:30 & 7:30pm showtimes. (COVID-19 Restrictions: Tickets available in groups of no more than 2 unless arranged with Guest Services.)

The Nutcracker: Land of Sweets :: Irving Arts Center :: November 27-29, 2020
The Momentum Dance Company will perform a socially-distanced version of the classic ballet that begins with the Land of Snow scene and transition into the most beloved traditional pieces with a grand finale. Tickets: $21.50  

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play :: Pocket Sandwich Theater :: November 27 to December 20, 2020
Pocket Sandwich Theater is NOT your average theater experience, and I mean that in the best way. This holiday classic will come to life as a live Radio Broadcast from the 1940’s through an ensemble of five actors. Great for all ages! Check the FAQ for info on how things work. Tickets are $22.50.

A Charlie Brown Christmas :: NTPA Plano, Willow Bend Center of the Arts :: December 4-6 and December 11-13, 2020
The classic animated TV special comes to life in this stage adaptation where the Peanuts Gang discovered the true meaning of Christmas. This is children’s theater, and the cast will be K-8th graders. Tickets $10-12.

Elf the Musical :: Bastrop Opera House (LIVESTREAM) :: December 5, 12, and 19, 2020 (7:30PM)
Based on the family-favorite film, the Bastrop Opera House is bringing the Broadway musical to your living room from Bastrop, Texas. Individual Tickets $12, Family Tickets $24.

Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops :: Meyerson Symphony Center :: December 4-13, 2020
Transcendent anthems, holiday favorites, and sing-along carols. Also making an appearance: Santa, snow, and little bit of Christmas magic. NOTE: Special 1-hour Family Christmas Pops performance on December 12, 2020 at 11:30am. See links for other showtimes and pricing. *Due to high demand, many showtimes are already sold out!

Dallas Symphony Family Christmas Pops :: Meyerson Symphony Center :: December 5, 2020 (11:00AM)
A special one-hour long family-friendly performance of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s popular Christmas Pops concert.

Holiday Classics by Richardson Symphony Orchestra :: Eisemann Center, Richardson :: December 5, 2020 (8:00PM)
Buckle up for a sleigh ride! Your entire family will enjoy this rich holiday tradition, featuring performers Nicole van Every and Will Hughes. Tickets from $20.

Scrooge!: The Musical :: NTPA Plano :: December 9-13 and December 16-20, 2020
It’s the 10th anniversary of NTPA’s musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol (based on the Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated movie). It’s a fast-paced, full-length live production that reminds us to love one another and to hold each other close. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Live Tickets $20-$30. Livestream tickets available for individuals – $20, families – $60.

Psst: NTPA has a whole line-up of shows this month across the metroplex, including Elf, Jr. The Musical, William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Children of Eden, Jr. and Seussical Kids.

It’s a Wonderful Life :: Repertory Company Theater :: December 11-20, 2020
Celebrate the season with the beloved American Classic in a new, innovative way and presented live on a Holiday Stage Set. Tickets from $28 adults, $17 youth.

Big Brassy Christmas & Organ Extravaganza :: Meyerson Symphony Center :: December 15, 2020 (7:30PM)
Deck the halls with the DSO brass and percussion sections and the magnificent Lay FamilyConcert Organ. Tickets from $89. (Seats are only available online in groups of 2 due to COVID-19 protocols.)

Hip Hop Nutcracker :: Eisemann Center (LIVESTREAM) :: December 18, 2020 (7PM)
Recorded Live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a holiday mash-up for the entire family that can be watched from the comfort of your home. Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season. Tickets from $20. Instructions for logging in will be sent via email with ticket purchase.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra‘s Christmas Eve & Other Stories :: LIVESTREAM EVENT :: December 18, 2020 (7PM CST)
You don’t have to miss your favorite rock holiday tradition as the TSO will bring their electrifying 90-minute performance to your home. Your ticket will give you access to the premiere event and access to on-demand through 12/20/20. Tickets $30.

Josh Groban Holiday Concert :: LIVESTREAM EVENT :: December 19, 2020 (3PM CST)
2020 is full of firsts, and this is no exception! Josh Groban will Livestream his first-ever holiday concert where he’ll perform some of your favorite classics! Livestream begins at 3:00pm, but will be accessible for up to 48 hours after the event. Tickets start at $30.

A Jazzy Christmas :: Meyerson Symphony Center :: December 22, 2020 (7:30PM)
Three of Dallas’ finest jazz singers perform original, popular and memorable jazz tunes — with a bit of Christmas Spirit. Tickets from $34. (Seats are only available online in groups of 2 due to COVID-19 protocols.)

Cyrus Chestnut Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas :: Meyerson Symphony Center :: December 23, 2020 (7:30PM)
The holidays don’t officially arrive until you hear Vince Guaraldi’s classic score from A Charlie Brown Christmas from pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Tickets from $64.(Seats are only available online in groups of 2 due to COVID-19 protocols.) 

Thanks again to Reliant for sponsoring our holiday guide!

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