It’s beginning to look a lot like… well, a heatwave for most of the country—but it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday entertainment. While nobody is ready for the mall to whip out their decorations just yet, you can buy your tickets now for these popular holiday shows.
This classic two-act ballet with a score written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892—and it’s still packing in the crowds every Christmas. With breathtaking choreography and memorable songs like “Clara and the Prince” and “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy,” it’s easy to see why this show is an important part of many families’ holiday traditions. “The Nutcracker” is being performed across the country at over 100 venues.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Mannheim Steamroller, the progressive neo-classical rock orchestra that has nothing to do with Mannheim (or Germany, for that matter), is setting out on its 32nd annual Christmas tour. In 1984, the group’s Christmas album cracked the top 50 of the Billboard top 200 album chart. The show includes exciting multimedia effects and has become a multi-generation holiday tradition for many families. There are shows all over the U.S. starting in mid-November.
Elf the Musical
Follow the antics of Buddy the Elf in this musical based on the hit 2003 holiday movie starring Will Ferrell. The musical version follows Buddy’s journey as he travels to New York to find his real father, showing those hardened New Yorkers what Christmas is all about along the way. The tour kicks off in Bartlesville, OK. on Nov. 3 and travels throughout the country, wrapping up Dec. 30-31 in Knoxville, TN.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall hosts their annual Christmas Spectacular featuring songs, dance, humor and over 140 performers, including the legendary Rockettes. A New York Christmas tradition since 1933, this year’s version features all your favorite songs and high-kicking dance routines. Tickets are on sale now for shows throughout the holiday season.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote and illustrated children’s books that sold an estimated 500 million copies. One of his best-loved works is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which follows the grumpy Grinch as he tries to steal the holiday from an entire town. It was a must-see annual animated special starting in 1966, and all these years later you can see the musical adaptation that’s fun for the whole family. The tour begins in Utica, N.Y. Nov. 14-15 and finishes with a run in Pittsburgh Dec. 20-24.
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 tale of the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future has been a holiday tradition for well over 150 years. You can see the A Christmas Carol at a variety of venues through December.