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Our Holly Jolly Guide to the Top Holiday Shows Nationwide

by Mommy Frog on November 15, 2023 Louisville

Just like milk and cookies, few things go together as perfectly as the holidays and theatre. Showcasing the joy of the season in musicals, plays, ballets and circus productions, theaters and theatre companies all over the United States tend to pull out all the stops during the holidays. From beloved classics, such as Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to newer adaptations, such as "Elf" and "A Christmas Story: The Musical" (and everything in between), the holiday season is truly a fantastic time to experience the magic of live theatre. Here's our list of the best holiday shows to check out across the nation during the most wonderful time of the year!

White Christmas

When two World War II veterans follow a duo of singing sisters en route to a Vermont lodge owned by their beloved former commander, they end up coming together to save the snowless inn from closing by putting on a spirited Christmas show. Set to the timeliness tunes of Irving Berlin, this uplifting stage adaptation is a heartwarming tale that will surely delight audiences of all ages. You can catch "White Christmas" this holiday season near cities such as Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL, and Salt Lake City, UT.

A Christmas Carol

Holiday Shows - A Christmas Carol "UFV presents A Christmas Carol" by University of the Fraser Valley is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

When Ebenezer Scrooge receives a surprise visit from the ghost of his former business partner on Christmas Eve, the notorious miser is swept away on an overnight voyage of epic proportions as he learns a heartwarming lesson in forgiveness and the change we can make around us. Even 150 years later, Dickens' cherished novella is a joyful Christmas tradition for the entire family. You can catch "A Christmas Carol" this holiday season near cities such as Atlanta, GA, Providence, RI and Birmingham, AL.


Forced to face the truth that he's not a bona fide elf, Buddy embarks on a journey from the North Pole to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Upon learning that his dad's on the Naughty List and his half-brother doesn't believe in Santa, Buddy makes it his mission to win over his new family and help the Big Apple remember the true meaning of Christmas in this musical comedy based on the beloved holiday film. You can catch "Elf" this holiday season near cities such as Portland, ME, Salt Lake City, UT and Branson, MO.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

"Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot. But the Grinch who lived just North of Whoville did not!" Narrated by Max the Dog, this whimsical holiday musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book has delighted more than 2.1 million theatre-goers across America. Music by Mel Marvin and a book and lyrics by Timothy Mason breathe new time into this timeless story about the true meaning of Christmas. You can catch "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" this holiday season near cities such as San Diego, CA, Cincinnati, OH and Charlotte, NC.

The Nutcracker

Holiday Shows - The Nutcracker "The Nutcracker" by Larry Lamsa is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

When the clock strikes midnight, a Nutcracker doll comes to life and leads Clara Stahlbaum on a journey to the wondrous Land of Sweets. Following a fierce battle between an evil royal rodent and the majestic Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy leads an extraordinary celebration in this timeless classic. This glorious holiday story with music by Tchaikovsky is a magical hometown experience not to be missed. You can catch "The Nutcracker" this holiday season near cities such as Minneapolis, MN, Charlotte, NC and Concord, NH.

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland

Prepare to be dazzled by acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and Christmas cheer in this world-class circus experience infused with holiday classics. In this unforgettable musical journey, you'll be transported to a magical land far away for a fun-filled, must-see holiday event featuring today's greatest circus performers and a musical mix of timeless seasonal favorites. You can catch "Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland" this holiday season near cities such as Des Moines, IA, Sioux Falls, SD and Minneapolis, MN.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

Loaded with nostalgia, charm, comedy, music and magic, this awe-inspiring variety show will dazzle you, enchant you and fill you with Christmas cheer as it takes you on a whimsical winter wonderland journey. Embrace the holiday spirit and witness the incredible talent of world-class entertainers performing to your favorite holiday music in this holiday experience like none other. You can catch "A Magical Cirque Christmas" this holiday season near cities such as Miami, FL, Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Holiday Shows - Cirque Dreams Holidaze "Cirque Dreams Holidaze - U.S. Army Garrison, South Korea - 16 December 2012" by USAG-Humphreys is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Flipping gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers, balancing snowmen, caroling puppets and soaring reindeer are just a few of the astonishing acts you'll witness in this brilliant and whimsical holiday spectacular. A Broadway-style musical fused with contemporary circus artistry, this critically acclaimed extravaganza is the perfect gift for the entire family to enjoy. You can catch "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" this holiday season near cities such as Detroit, MI, Birmingham, AL and Tampa, FL.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

On a quest to receive a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, Ralphie Parker won't let anything get in between him and the gift of his dreams — not even a leg lamp, a set of pink bunny pajamas or a maniacal department store Santa. Prepare to be transported to a bygone era in this enchanting and nostalgic musical adaptation that recreates the charm of the classic holiday film. You can catch "A Christmas Story: The Musical" this holiday season near cities such as Richmond, VA, Philadelphia, PA and New Orleans, LA.

Celtic Angels Christmas

Starring the quintessential voices of the heavenly Celtic Angels and featuring world-class champions, Celtic Knight Dancers and the immensely talented Trinity Ensemble Band, this joyous celebration will immerse you in the electric ambiance of an Irish Christmas. A wonderfully nostalgic journey from start to finish, prepare to be enthralled and delighted by jaw-dropping performances and spine-tingling harmonies. You can catch "Celtic Angels Christmas" this holiday season near cities such as Charleston, SC, Wichita, KS and Cincinnati, OH.

What holiday show will you be seeing this season? Be sure to purchase your tickets through Undercover Tourist for awesome deals and savings and a 100% buyer guarantee!

Related: Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Resort Christmas Events

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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