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Holiday Plays In Boston

A List of Holiday Plays This 2016 Season
With the holidays near, here is a list of a few shows that may get you in the holiday spirit.

Check back soon as we continue to add more shows as the holidays get closer.


  Most Popular Holiday Shows
A Christmas Carol Nov 5 - Dec 31, 2016  
Trinity Repertory Company A Christmas Carol
 
As the holidays approach, bringing with them cheer and extra stress, celebrate the season with a family favorite that reminds us of the true spirit and magic of this special time. Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol returns to Trinity Rep this year with artistic director Curt Columbus at the helm. Now a Rhode Island family tradition, watch as Ebenezer Scrooge -- a greedy, sour businessman infamous for his lack of Christmas cheer -- is visited by three ghosts and given the chance to examine his coldhearted ways. Share this joyous holiday favorite with the whole gang at Chace Theater.

 

 

   
The Nutcracker Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
Strand Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Experience the magic of a holiday tradition as Josť Mateo Ballet Theatre brings its beloved production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker to the Strand Theatre for its 10th season. Get swept up in the fantastical story of Clara, who dreams that her toy nutcracker comes to life and takes her on an adventure to the Land of Sweets. Together they battle the evil Mouse King and dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy. This enchanting ballet is the perfect holiday treat and a great introduction for the whole family into the world of ballet.

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  Other Holiday Shows
Black Nativity Dec 2 - Dec 18, 2016  
Paramount Center Black Nativity
 
Langston Hughes' Black Nativity -- a joyous account of the nativity told through scripture, verse, music and dance -- is a true Christmastime tradition, and National Center of Afro-American Artists' captivating production is the longest-running performance of the Harlem Renaissance poet's song-play in the world. First performed in 1961, Black Nativity is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, and mixes text from the Gospel of Saint Luke with black vernacular. A cast of children and adults brings this timeless story to life with music and dancing in this uplifting production for the whole family. Experience this Boston tradition at Paramount Center.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Nov 26 - Dec 18, 2016  
Boston Children's Theatre at Larcom Theatre A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
Staying true to its television roots, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS features Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and all the Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas pageant and ultimately learn the true meaning of Christmas. Complete with the little Christmas fir tree, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is a present the whole family can enjoy!

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A Christmas Carol Dec 19 - Dec 28, 2015  
The Hanover Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
"God bless us, every one!" Get in the holiday spirit with Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and forgiveness that captures the true spirit and magic of the season. Adapted and directed by Troy Siebels, it's the Hanover Theatre's sixth annual production -- boasting a stellar cast, memorable holiday music and an array of special effects that will delight and enchant the whole family.

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A Christmas Carol Dec 16 - Dec 23, 2016  
The Hanover Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Join everybody's favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season as The Hanover Theatre presents Charles Dickens' beloved story A Christmas Carol, adapted by Troy Siebel. Featuring elaborate set designs, spectacular costumes and stunning special effects, this holiday show tells the story of surly miser Scrooge, whose cold heart has isolated him from his community and the spirit of Christmas. Watch as visits from Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future send Scrooge on his transformational journey to rejoin the world, find redemption and discover what it means to open your heart and be fully human. Bring the whole family and revel in this joyous holiday tradition at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

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A Christmas Carol Nov 26 - Dec 4, 2016  
The Weston Town Hall A Christmas Carol
 
Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and the rest of the gang in this musical spin on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. This timeless story of redemption and forgiveness resonates even more deeply through show-stopping numbers such as "A Jolly Good Time" and "Christmas Together," and music from Alan Menken, the composer behind such Disney classics as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Bring the whole family to this adaptation at The Weston Town Hall and find out why A Christmas Carol has quickly become a treasured seasonal tradition.

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A Christmas Celtic Sojourn Dec 9 - Dec 21, 2016  
Cutler Majestic Theatre A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
 
Experience an enchanting night of Celtic music and dance in honor of the holiday season at Brian O'Donovan's annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at Cutler Majestic Theatre. This year's 13th annual show promises to be as spectacular as ever, with American Irish music pioneers Solas, the extraordinary Nordic Fiddlers Bloc and the return of harpist-singer Maeve Gilchrist and cellist Natalie Haas. Also set to appear is Dervish lead woman Cathy Jordan, who has one of the purest traditional voices today, as well as dance director Cara Butler, who recently choreographed A Celtic Sojourn at The Boston Pops, award-winning English stepdancer Declan McHale and the young dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole. O'Donovan, the host of WGBH's national radio program, has been at the helm of this live show since 2003, and he promises some surprises for this latest version as well.

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ChristmasTime Dec 3 - Dec 11, 2016  
Reagle Music Theatre ChristmasTime
 
Transport yourself to an inspirational Living Nativity, Santa's Workshop, a balletic Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and so much more at ChristmasTime, Reagle Theatre's annual holiday musical extravaganza. A full live orchestra accompanies a cast of 200 during this fabulous, multi-faceted celebration of the season. Experience the wondrous whimsy of the Teddy Bears' Nutcracker, and feel your spirits lift as a majestic choir of carolers present a Victorian Christmas. From precision dancing to a hefty dose of holiday magic, this edition of ChristmasTime is Reagle's most captivating yet.

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Holidays Under the Umbrella Dec 16 - Dec 16, 2016  
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts Holidays Under the Umbrella
 
Holidays Under the Umbrella brings friends and former cast members of The Umbrella's Performing Arts productions to the stage to sing their favorite holiday tunes, tell stories and share a few surprises. Performers from The Umbrella's recent productions of Evita, Bonnie and Clyde, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and more join forces for this fun holiday concert the entire family can enjoy. It's a great way to get in the Yuletide spirit and support your local community theater in one fell swoop.

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The Judy Garland Show: The Christmas Special Nov 26 - Jan 7, 2017  
Club Cafe The Judy Garland Show: The Christmas Special
 
Back in 1963, the legendary star of stage and screen Judy Garland starred in a now-iconic Christmas special on CBS. Today tribute artist Peter Mac steps into Garland's high heels in a salute to this beloved TV event. Mac, a self-described "male actress" who's portrayed the late, great actress to audiences and critical acclaim for more than a decade, is known for his seriously fun and loving tributes to Garland. Famed for bringing a nuanced glimpse into Garland's complex personality and inner life, Mac was awarded a Golden Halo Award by Garland's co-stars Mickey Rooney and Margaret O'Brien for his stunningly accurate portrayal. But his tribute talents don't stop with Judy: For this festive yuletide show, "guests" are set to include uncanny approximations of Liza Minnelli, Bea Arthur and Ethel Merman.

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The Nutcracker Nov 25 - Dec 4, 2016  
Cutler Majestic Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Returning to the Theatre District after more than 10 years and boasting all-new sets and costumes, Josť Mateo Ballet Theatre's production of The Nutcracker at Boston's Cutler Majestic is poised to bring back cherished memories, as well as to introduce a new generation to this magical production. This beloved holiday dance, set to Tchaikovsky's masterful score, tells the story of a young girl who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas Eve gift and who dreams of an enchanted adventure full of excitement, romance and plenty of Sugar Plum Fairies.

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The Return of the Winemaker Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2016  
Davis Square Theater The Return of the Winemaker
 
This raucous holiday comedy asks a bold question: What if, instead of Bethlehem, Jesus was born in ... Ireland? In Return of the Winemaker, the residents of Ballygoura, County Galway are overjoyed when they discover that the messiah in their midst has the power to turn water into wine. The townsfolk convince Jesus to give up carpentry so he can concentrate on making more and more hooch for the local pubs to sell, until their plan hits a snag -- Jesus' father wants his son to return to heaven. With the town's booze supply at stake, the people of Ballygoura must convince God to let Jesus stay with them in this irreverent Irish Christmas play. Tir Na Theatre's Return of the Winemaker returns to The Rockwell in Somerville for its annual visit, after a run at the Cork Arts Theatre in Ireland.

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The Santaland Diaries Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2016  
Rogers Center for the Performing Arts The Santaland Diaries
 
A holiday hit around the country for over a decade now, The Santaland Diaries comes to the Rogers Center, bringing with it all the laughter you'll need to take the edge off your seasonal stresses. Written by best-selling humor writer David Sedaris, it's the story of Crumpet the Elf's adventures at Macy's and his wonderfully twisted take on shopping mall Santalands and the hired hands who populate them. Adapted for the stage by Tony-winning director-actor Joe Mantello (Wicked), this hilariously cynical solo show offers the perfect antidote to cloying holiday cheer.

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Urban Nutcracker Dec 16 - Dec 31, 2016  
Back Bay Events Center - John Hancock Hall Urban Nutcracker
 
Combining ballet, swing, flamenco, hip-hop, step and urban tap along with Tchaikovsky's classic score and Duke Ellington's signature swing, Tony Williams' Urban Nutcracker features a multicultural cast of talented dancers in this contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale. Now in its 16th year, the production remains fresh with updated choreography, new costumes and surprise guest stars. Instead of the traditional children's roles "Clara" and "Fritz," though, this version of the story presented at Boston's Back Bay Events Center features the characters Clarice and Omar, whose roles are shared by talented local kids ages 9 through 13.

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