Indianapolis Holiday Performances

 The Circle City is truly a magical place this time of year. Bring the family and join the tradition as you experience the cheer with our favorite on-stage holiday picks below. 

A Christmas Carol

Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT), November 17-December 26

Celebrating the holidays at the IRT is an unforgettable experience. Marvel at the opulence of the historic 1927 Indiana Theatre while you take in this long-time Indy holiday favorite.

Elf: The Musical 

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, November 23-December 31

A young orphan, Buddy, is raised as an elf after he crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is taken to the North Pole. Unaware that he is a human, Buddy grows much larger than the other elves. Between his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities, Buddy is forced to face the truth and embarks on a journey to find his true identity.

A Very Phoenix Xmas 13 - Merry Superstituous 

Phoenix Theatre, November 23-December 23

For the past 13 years, The Phoenix Theatre has delivered both naughty and nice on stage. This year, the theatre will perform the four top-rated holiday sketches that audiences have chosen as their favorites. Don’t miss out on the best favorite bits of holiday cheer (or sass!) Indy has to offer.

IPL Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 

Hilbert Circle Theatre, November 30-December 23

Are you ready for a month-long holiday spectacular? Celebrate the holiday season with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. New this year: Indy’s own dance group Expressenz takes the Yuletide stage! When Expressenz competed in World of Dance, judge Jennifer Lopez was blown away. She said, “It was so perfectly in sync with every emotion and moment that you tried to create. It really moved me. I had goosebumps from the beginning.”‚Äč

A Christmas Carol 

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, December  1-21

Beef & Boards brings in the holiday cheer with Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Experience the transformation of the crotchety Scrooge into someone who understands the true meaning of kindness and love, accomplished with the help of three spirits from the past, present and future. This one-hour show is performed without intermission and makes a perfect holiday lunch party for your club or office.

Jane Lynch - A Swingin' Little Christmas 

The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, December 1 

Don’t miss this swingin’ night of holiday entertainment. Broadway and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will take the stage again for yet another holiday performance. The Glee star puts her stage and vocal skills on display in this funny and sentimental tribute to the classic Christmas albums of the 1950s and ’60s. Joining her are longtime friend and actress Kate Flannery (The Office) and singer Tim Davis, backed by the jazz stylings of the Tony Guerrero Quintet.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, December 5 

“The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” follows the journey of a runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater on December 5. While seeking shelter from the cold, the teen is discovered by the theater’s caretaker who uses the ghosts and spirits from the building’s past to turn her life around.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical 

Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, December 9

The beloved television classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

Festival of Carols

Warren Performing Arts Center, December 9

Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, December 21-23

The shows have sold out for the past five years, and this famous performance returns once again. The 2018 performances will feature five concerts. The holiday classic comes to a new venue, the Warren Performing Arts Center at Warren Central High School. The performances will feature the 180-voice Indianapolis Symphonic Choir joined by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Dance Kaleidoscope (latter at Palladium performances only.)

Candlelight Theatre-‘Twas the Night Before 

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, December 13-16

The company’s popular holiday tradition, "‘Twas the Night Before…" by James Trofatter, will show this December. This popular production will include beloved characters from holiday lore and introduce new festive friends. With the mansion frosted in all its holiday finery, it’s the perfect way to get in the spirit of the season!

Indianapolis Men's Chorus - Making Spirits Bright

Marian University Theatre, December 14-15Making Sprits Bright at Marian University

Join the Indianapolis Men's Chorus for "Making Spirits Bright," our annual Christmas spectacular! Enjoy the razzle-dazzle and get in the holiday spirit with popular Christmas standards and holiday favorites, sacred songs and contemporary hits, the return of our famous tap-dancing toy soldiers, and, if we get on the nice list, a visit from Santa himself.

Indianapolis Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Old National Centre, December 14-16

The Nutcracker

After 11 years as a production the Indianapolis School of Ballet, the 20-member Indianapolis Ballet professional company is ready to help take Indiana’s grandest edition of The Nutcracker to new heights in 2018. The four performances at Old National Centre’s Murat Theatre will, for a third straight year, feature a full 45-piece orchestra bringing the cherished holiday soundtrack to life, adding another layer of spectacle to this growing Indy holiday tradition. 

Moscow Ballet – Great Russian Nutcracker

Old National Centre, December 24

The Russian Grand Ballet comes to Indy and will feature Russia’s brightest ballet stars as they perform this holiday classic. The pairing of Tchaikovsky’s lustrous music and Marius Petipa’s beautiful choreography makes for a perfect blend of music, dance and the holiday spirit.


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