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 16-December 26

Christmas Carol IRT

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.

A Christmas Story

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, November 21-December 31

Beef and Boards

See the classic storyline following young Ralphie and his quest the gift of his dreams live on stage this holiday season.  Featuring iconic scenes from the beloved movie, and a cheerful lineup of music, this dinner theater production will be your favorite new holiday tradition. The show is rated PG and welcomes adults and families with children ages 3+.

IPL Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 

Hilbert Circle Theatre, November 30-December 23

ISO YuleTideCelebrate the holiday season with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at this cherished event. Hosted by Emmy Nominee Frankie Moreno, this show will bring together whimsy and tradition. The event will even feature Indyís own World of Dance 2017 competitors, Expressenz. You donít want to miss out on this jam-packed holiday performance!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical 

Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, December 18

RudolphThe 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 7-8

Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, December 20-22

Festival of Carols

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 12-15

Twas the Night BeforeHeartwarming and interactive, this performance is an experience fit for all ages. Enjoy carolers, hot apple cider, and traditional holiday figures as the Candlelight Theatre wows the crowd. Bring your family and friends to this intimate seasonal event this December!

Indianapolis Men's Chorus - The Magic of Christmas

Making Sprits Bright at Marian University

Marian University Theatre, December 20-21

Celebrate the Indianapolis Men's Chorus' 30th anniversary and annual Christmas Spectacular! Sure to be full of razzle, dazzle, and holiday spirit, this event will feature all of the most famous Christmas classics and modern hits!

Indianapolis Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Old National Centre, November 29-December 1

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.


A Christmas Carol

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, December  3-23

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.

A Very Bryan Chrystmas 13: How the Grinch Culturally Appropriated Christmas

Fonseca Theatre Company at River West, November 29-December 22

Catch a live performance of holiday spirit and comedic cheer. Learn what the holidays mean to different cultures and how their traditions have evolved. This show will feature a variety of fun alongside holiday music from some of the best variety show contributors.

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas

Mud Creek Theatre, November 21-Decembr 14

Laughs and holiday cheer are in store at the Doublewide Holiday show. This holiday performance will showcase a trailer park townís people which fight for their unique way of life. Sure to be out of the ordinary, this event is sure to be a hit for the family.

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Holiday Performance

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, December 2

Amy Grant and Michael Smith
Celebrate the holidays with GRAMMY winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Featuring a full symphony orchestra, this highly anticipated performance will feature the duoís greatest Christmas hits. This one-night event is the perfect way adults and children of all ages to get in the holiday spirit.

Disney Junior Holiday Party

Old National Centre, December 3

Join in on the holiday family fun at this one-night only event! Sing and dance to favorite Disney Junior holiday songs and classics with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The famous Disney Duo are bringing their closest pals to this event, including Santa Claus himself! You donít want to miss out on this holiday party!

Moscow Ballet's The Nutcracker

Old National Centre, December 4

Discover the magic of Moscow’s Ballet at the Great Russian Nutcracker. Enjoy the Russian holiday tale and a mesmerizing performance featuring over stunning 200 costumes, beautiful sets, and classic music. This event is perfect for the entire family, so make sure to add the Great Russian Nutcracker to your holiday traditions list this holiday season.

99.5 Jingle Jam Featuring Lizzo, Why Don't We, and Max 

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, December 10

Dance and sing this holiday season to Lizzo, Why Don’t We, and MAX performing live at 99.5 Jingle Jam. Held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, you don’t want to miss Jingle Jam 2019 and one of the most exciting artist of the year: Lizzo!

Elf the Musical

The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, December 6-28

The annual tradition is back yet again in celebration of the holiday season! Ring in Christmas with Buddy the Elf as he embarks on the journey of a lifetime to find his birth father in New York City. It is the story everyone knows and loves, so spread Christmas cheeróby singing loud for all to hearóthis December at this spectacular performance. 

Straight No Chaser - The Open Bar Tour

Old National Centre, December 7 

Sing along with Indiana University male a capella ensemble Straight No Chaser this December! The wildly popular Hoosier singing group will perform both traditional and modern pop tunes all without a single instrument. 

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra: A Baroque Christmas

Tabernacle Presbyterian Church and Recreation, December 15

ISO BaroqueEnjoy the beauty of holiday music played by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Celebrate the holidays while listening to classics from Bach and the Handelís Messiah. This musical performance is the perfect way to celebrate the arts of Indy this holiday season.

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour

The Palladium in Carmel, December 15

Dav Koz PalladiumListen to lively seasonal arrangements and a high energy performance perfect for the whole family. For the first time in this events history, guests can now complete their evening with a Pre-Performance Dinner. Not only is this event held in a beautiful setting, but it is also the perfect way to kick off the holiday season with the entire family!


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