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 26 - December 26, 2021

Christmas Carol IRT

A Christmas Carol shines a light on the power of kindness and love in this uplifting tale of one man’s journey to redemption. As the weather turns cold, warm your heart with the IRT as they joyfully reimagine and tenderly bring this annual holiday treasure to new life.


A Christmas Carol

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, December 3 - 21, 2021

Beef and Boards

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.


AES Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 

Hilbert Circle Theatre, December 3 - 23, 2021

ISO YuleTideCelebrate the holiday season with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at this cherished event. Hosted by Grammy-award winner Sandi Patty, this show will bring together whimsy and tradition. The event will even feature internet sensation T.3!, known for their pitch-perfect harmonies and charismatic stage presence. You don't want to miss out on this jam-packed holiday performance!


A Very Darren Crissmas

Old National Centre, December 3, 2021

Darren Criss promoWith the release of his frist-ever holiday album, actor, singer, and songwritier Darren Criss is taking to the stage to share his take on the magic of the holidays. The Glee, A Very Potter Musical, and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story star now is reminscing on the whistful notes of the holidays. “You know that feeling during the holidays when everything finally slows down and you really have time to think?” he said in a chat with T&C. “It’s calm but it’s also a little wistful? Well, that’s how I felt for almost 12 months, and it was really great.”


Elf the Musical

The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, December 3 - 24, 2021

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 cheer by singing loud for all to hear this December at this spectacular performance. 

Candlelight Theatre - ‘Tis the Season

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, December 10 - 12, 2021

Horse and buggy traveling through a covered bridge in the snowHeartwarming and interactive, this performance is an experience fit for all ages. Enjoy carolers, hot apple cider, and traditional holiday figures as the Candlelight Theatre at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site wows the crowd. Bring your family and friends to this intimate seasonal event this December!


Indianapolis Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Old National Centre, December 10 - 12, 2021

The Nutcracker

The magical tale of this Tchaikovsky classic will be told once again with the stunning performances of the Indianapolis Ballet. The four performances will feature a full 45-piece orchestra bringing the cherished holiday soundtrack to life, adding another layer of spectacle to this growing Indy holiday tradition.


Ana Gasteyer - Sugar and Booze

The Cabaret, December 11 - 12, 2021

An evening with Ana Gasteyer offers a swinging nod to the vintage holidays of yore with a modern and comedic touch and plenty of style. With original songs such as the modern nostalgic title track “Sugar & Booze” and holiday classics like “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Let it Snow,” you won’t want to miss this intoxicating, merry blend of jazz, pop, soul, funk, blues, and comedy that is sure to give you a holiday buzz.


Million Dollar Quartet Christmas

Butler Arts Center, December 14, 2021

Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Sun Records, now donned with a Christmas tree, garland, and mistletoe, rings with the sounds of the season and the chart toppers that made these four famous. Follow along with the gang’s usual antics as you journey through a story of Christmas past, present, and future. 


Festival of Carols

Warren Performing Arts Center, December 15, 2021

Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, December 17 - 19, 2021

Festival of Carols

This holiday classic comes to a new venue, the Warren Performing Arts Center at Warren Central High School, in addition to the Palladium, The performances will feature the 180-voice Indianapolis Symphonic Choir joined by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Celebrate the season with your favorite carols, including "Joy to the World," Handel's "Hallelujeh Chorus," and timeless movie classics. 


Straight No Chaser - The Open Bar Tour

Old National Centre, December 18 - 19, 2021

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

Indiana Landmarks, December 12, 2021

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.


A Magical Cirque Christmas

Butler Arts Center, December 19, 2021

The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spell-binding and incredible holiday production – A Magical Crique Christmas. Experience the enchantment of Christmas as Magical Hostess Lucy Darling takes you through an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Gainbridge Fieldhouse, December 22, 2021

Trans-Siberian OrchestraYour holiday favorites, with a twist! The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is back on the road and celebrating 25 years of lively and timeless holiday-rock classics. The band will perform their show "Christmas Eve and Other Stories," including the epic instrumental take on "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24."