11 Holiday Shows You Can't Miss this Season

'Tis the season for Christmas carols, jolly musicals, whimsical performances and so much more.

Posted on Nov 13, 2018 By Jennifer Simonson

The holiday season is here, which means it is time to put work aside for light shows, ice skating, holiday displays, shopping, and more frosted sugar cookies than one should eat in a lifetime. If you are looking to add a little culture to your sugary outings, the Dallas performing arts community has you covered. From award-winning musicals to traditional ballets to holiday rock concerts, here is a list of the can't miss holiday performances this season.


Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty (Nov. 23 – 25)
Kick off the holiday season with the best of the best from two beloved compositions. The evening begins with three of Sleeping Beauty's most popular scores before the orchestra play a Grieg Piano Concerto. After intermission, the orchestra will play 40 minutes of The Nutcracker's most recognizable arrangements.

A John Williams Family Christmas (Nov. 30 – Dec. 2)
The Dallas Symphony will back the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas for this one-hour concert. In addition to holiday classics, the children's choir will sing festive selections from Home Alone, Harry Potter, ET and Star Wars.   

Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (Dec. 5)
For the jazz lovers out there, the Grammy-award winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his jazz ensemble will perform one night of new and traditional Yuletide favorites.

Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops (Dec. 7 – 16)
If you need a jolt of Christmas spirit, it doesn't get any merrier than this. Sing along to all your favorite Christmas classics during The Dallas Symphony's annual Christmas Pops concert. And don't be surprised if you see Santa handing out candy and taking selfies with audience members before the show.

Big Brassy Christmas & Organ Extravaganza (Dec.10)
The orchestra's brass and percussion section will perform Christmas favorites. The awe-inspiring Lay Family Concert Organ with its 4,535 pipes accompanies the orchestra.  

New Year's Eve (Dec. 31)
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra says goodbye to 2018 in style. Put on your fanciest dress and ring in the New Year with an evening of Viennese elegance, your favorite Strauss waltzes, and a champagne toast.

Texas Ballet Theater
Winspear Opera House

The Nutcracker (Nov. 23 – Dec. 2)
The Nutcracker is the quintessential Christmas ballet. Even ballet nay-sayers become enchanted with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through a winter wonderland to the Sugar Plum Fairy's Kingdom of Sweets. The holiday performance blends unforgettable music, exquisite dancing and a whimsical storyline to add a little magic to your family's holiday memories. 

Dallas Theater Center
Wyly Theatre   

A Christmas Carol (Nov. 21 – Dec. 30)
Christmas isn't Christmas without this family favorite holiday tradition. Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens' classic tale of three spirits who show Ebenezer Scrooge the true meaning of Christmas. The audience is immersed in Victorian-era England as actors surround the audience, ghost fly overhead and burst through the floor below, and snow falls on everyone.

Other Holiday Shows

Elf: The Broadway Musical (Nov. 27 – Dec. 2)
Music Hall at Fair Park

Buddy the Elf jumps out of the movies and onto center stage in Elf: The Broadway Musical. Just like Will Ferrell's 2003 movie, the musical follows the high-energy elf Buddy as he leaves his home at Santa's Workshop for the Big Apple. The fish-out-of-water comedy will delight the whole family.

A Christmas Story, The Musical (Dec. 12 – 18)
Winspear Opera House

The 1983 Christmas movie of a little boy who wants nothing more than an air rifle for Christmas is now a musical. An award-winning songwriting team brought the classic comedy to stage complete with the infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas and a maniacal department store Santa.

Tran-Siberian Orchestra: Ghost of Christmas Eve (Dec. 22)
American Airlines Center

If you want to rock out for Christmas, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a must see. The rock band performs Christmas classics with help of giant video screens, pyrotechnics and tons of lasers. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour is named after the band's 1999 holiday-themed/rock opera TV movie which they'll be playing live.

Header photo credit Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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