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Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

One way to celebrate the holiday season is to attend a show. Here in Southern California, there are musicals, stage productions, vocal performances, and more happening throughout the month and guaranteed to leave you full of holiday spirit! Enjoy this list of Holiday Shows in Los Angeles!

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Debbie Allen’s The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Los Angeles Ballet The Nutcracker

Los Angeles Ballet The Nutcracker
Cerritos Center
18000 Park Plaza Dr., Cerritos, CA 90703

Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203

Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 and

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278 and

Royce Hall
340 Royce Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Los Angeles Ballet is performing the classic tale, The Nutcracker, at locations around Los Angeles this holiday season. New this year, families can enjoy the production at the Cerritos Center on November 24th and November 25th. On December 1st and 2nd, the performance is at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. On December 8th, 9th, and 10th , the ballet will be at the Dolby Theatre. The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center hosts the production on December 15th and 16th, and on December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, the performance will be held at Royce Hall. This version of the story takes place on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles in 1912. Tickets are available online.


Sandra Tsing Loh’s Sugar Plum Fairy 
Skylight Theatre
1816 ½ N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sugar Plum Fairy is a thoroughly original story about a 12 year-old girl who dreams of dancing the lead in The Nutcracker with a cast of characters you won’t forget! Enjoy an offbeat holiday treat that Adults and Kids love! Join in if you like, (think G-rated “Rocky Horror” fun) and don’t forget to wear your ugly holiday sweater, tutu or silly Hanukah hat. It’s 75 minutes of madcap merriment that will send you home smiling! Friday, November 30th is a preview and the show runs on weekends from December 1st-23rd. Check the website for times and ticket prices.


Festival of Carols
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, December 8th and Saturday, December 15th. Both shows are at 2:00 pm. The “Festival of Carols” includes traditional favorite holiday music as well as new arrangements all performed by the singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale! Tickets are available online. (Children under 6 are not permitted to Master Chorale concerts). 


8th Annual Holiday Concert and Santa on the Pier
Redondo Pier
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Redondo Beach invites families to a free special holiday concert on Saturday, December 8th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This free event features live holiday music and Santa arriving on his surf board!


The Red Chair Children’s Production Company presents The Nutcracker
Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203

The Alex Theatre invites families to The Nutcracker with performances scheduled for Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 pm, and Sunday, December 9th at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Unlike other Nutcracker performances, this one features young performers (ages 5-18) in principal and supporting roles (along with adults). A cast of over 100 will bring this classic tale to life. Ticket information is available online.


“Joy to the World” Free Concert
Bay Shore Church
5100 E. The Toledo, Long Beach, CA 90803

Families are invited to a free concert on Sunday, December 9th at 5:00 pm. The “Joy to the World” concert does require tickets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families will enjoy the sounds of the Southern California Brass Consortium at this 90-minute concert. And don’t forget to bring food items (including peanut butter, cereal, boxes of macaroni and cheese, and canned fruit) to contribute to the food drive and/or toys and treats for shelter animals.


Debbie Allen’s The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy puts a new spin on a traditional tale, with the holiday show The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. Families will enjoy the story as told by three mice and be taken “on a journey through Candy Cane Land, The Rainforest, Bollywood, Egypt, and more.” Five performances are planned beginning Thursday, December 6th through Sunday, December 9th. Tickets are available online.


59th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Families are invited to what is described as the “largest multicultural holiday celebration” in Los Angeles on Monday, December 24th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Doors open at 2:30 pm. This free event showcases many L.A.-based artists and community groups. The three-hour live production includes instrumental music, choral music, and dance performances. (The show is also broadcast live on PBS SoCal and live streamed on https://www.pbssocal.org/.

Last year’s LA County Holiday Celebration 


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
The Wiltern
3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

The Moscow Ballet will be performing the classic story of The Nutcracker, on Friday, December 14th and two shows on Saturday, December 15th. Families will enjoy a beautiful rendition of a familiar story along with enchanting dance performances and inspiring sets. Performances are 2 hours long and include a 20-minute intermission. Tickets are available online.


Holiday Sing-Along at Disney Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Holiday Sing-Along at Disney Hall is happening on Saturday, December 22nd, with one performance scheduled for 11:30 am and one for 2:30 pm. Families will enjoy popular songs of the holiday season accompanied by Walt Disney Concert Hall’s pipe organ, a choir, and a jazz combo. Before each concert, families can enjoy free hot chocolate as well as photos with Santa.


36th Annual Production ofLong Beach Ballet The Nutcracker
Long Beach Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA

While the story may be the same, this production is unlike any other you’ve most likely seen. Families are in for a treat including a full symphony orchestra, flying sleigh, a real horse, pyrotechnics, and a cast of over 200. Performances are scheduled for December 15th and 16th and December 21st through December 23rd. Tickets are available online.


American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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A cast of over 100 performers will enchant you with the classic tale of The Nutcracker. Families will enjoy mischievous mice, colorful scenery, sparkling snowflakes, exquisite dancing, and much more. Performances begin Thursday, December 14th and continue through December 23rd.


The Magic of Christmas
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638

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The Magic of Christmas starring The Young Americans is a full-on holiday extravaganza. Families will enjoy a spectacular show featuring a cast of 250. You’ll see over 6,000 costumes and 30 scene changes! Musical numbers including dancing Santas, hip-hopping penguins, choral music, and much more. Performances begin December 6th and continue through December 16th. Tickets are available online.


Nutcracker for Kids
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Children (and parents) will enjoy this special presentation of the Nutcracker. Designed for children ages 5-11, the performance is a condensed version of the popular holiday tale. Before each performance, children will enjoy an “interactive Musical Carnival” in the concert hall lobby allowing children the chance to try out musical instruments, meet the performers, and enjoy arts and crafts. Two performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 8th (one at 10:00 am and another at 11:30 am). Tickets are available online.


A Christmas Story
Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, Ca 91024

The Sierra Madre Playhouse invites families to a live performance based on the popular movie, A Christmas Story. Enjoy all of Ralphie’s antics and adventures in this story that has become a holiday favorite for many. Performances begin November 23rd and continue through December 30th. Tickets are available online.


White Christmas Sing-Along
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you’re familiar with the classic film White Christmas, you’ll want to plan to attend the sing-along scheduled for Sunday, December 23rd. There will be two performances that day — one at 3:00 pm and one at 8:00 pm. Families will enjoy watching the film as the lyrics appear on the screen, and then of course, singing along to favorite songs such as “Sisters,” “Snow,” and “White Christmas.” Tickets are available online.


The Brian Setzer Orchestra
15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour
Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra is performing at the Microsoft Theater on Saturday, December 22nd at 8:00 pm. Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra will be performing music from their four best-selling holiday albums as well as original Brian Setzer hits. Tickets are available online.


Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Lewis Family Playhouse
12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Fox Performing Arts Center
3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College
450 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711

The Inland Pacific Ballet brings its rendition of The Nutcracker to three different sites this holiday season. On December 1st and 2nd and again on December 8th and 9th, families can enjoy the show at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. On December 14, 15, and 16 the ballet will perform at the Fox Performing Arts Center. And on December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, the show will be at the Bridges Auditorium in Claremont. Tickets are available online.


It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

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The holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, is a true family favorite. This performance is special in that it is a live stage performance featuring five actors, one foley artist, and live commercial breaks, in a live radio broadcast. Performances are scheduled from December 12th through December 23rd. Tickets are available online. 


Bob Baker’s Nutcracker
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Families are in for a treat with Bob Baker’s adaptation of The Nutcracker.  Enjoy the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and over 100 handcrafted puppets as they “take you on an adventure through the wizard of strings and into the enchanted world of the fantastic … Nutcracker.” Performances are scheduled November 24th through December 31st. Tickets are available online; children under 2 are free.


John Legend – A Legendary Christmas Tour
Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90015

John Legend brings his special holiday show, A Legendary Christmas Tour, to the Microsoft Theater on December 23rd. John Legend’s first Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas, was recently released on October 26th. In addition, families can receive a copy of this new album with every pair of tickets purchased. Ticket information is available online.


Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys Benefit Concert
1111 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90015

On December 9th, families can enjoy Stevie Wonder’s 22nd Annual Benefit Concert, House Full of Toys. This special celebration of “life, love, and music” benefits families in need, children, and people with disabilities. Concertgoers are asked to donate an unwrapped toy or unwrapped gift. Tickets are available online. 



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