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The Best Christmas and Holiday Family Shows In And Around Los Angeles

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!

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

Los Angeles Ballet The Nutcracker
Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 and
Royce Hall
340 Royce Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095 and
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278

The Los Angeles Ballet is performing the classic tale, The Nutcracker, on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday December 10th at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. On December 15, 16, and 17 the performance will be held at Royce Hall. On December 23 and 24, the ballet will be at the Dolby Theatre. The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center hosts the production on December 29, 30, and 31. This version of the story takes place on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles in 1912. Tickets are available online.

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 2nd and Saturday, December 9th. 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.

7th 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 9th 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 Sunday, December 3rd 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 10th 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, 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

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Debbie Allen puts a new spin on a traditional tale, with the holiday classic 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 7th through Sunday, December 10th. Tickets are available online.

58th 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 Sunday, 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 http://www.pbssocal.org/).

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

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The Moscow Ballet will be performing the classic story of The Nutcracker, on Friday, December 16th and two shows on Saturday, December 17th. Families will enjoy a beautiful rendition of a familiar story along with a growing Christmas tree, falling snow, and Tchaikovsky’s score. Tickets are available online.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Winter Concert “Sounds About Town”
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Families are invited to the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Winter Concert on Sunday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm. The concert features “classical works, joyful holiday carols, poignant readings,” and more. 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 16th, 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.

35th Annual Production of Long Beach Ballet The Nutcracker
Long Beach Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA

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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 live full orchestra, flying sleigh,a real horse, and pyrotechnics. Performances are scheduled for December 16th and 17th and December 22nd through December 24th. 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 7th and continue through Sunday, December 17th.

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

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 7th and continue through December 17th. 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 2nd (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 17th and continue through December 31st. 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 Saturday, 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 Hip Hop Nutcracker
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Get ready for an entirely new way to experience The Nutcracker. This “holiday mash-up for the entire family” features a dozen all-star dancers, a violinist, and a DJ. The story takes place in 1980s Brooklyn and “celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.” One performance is scheduled for Friday, November 17th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available online.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

The Brian Setzer Orchestra is performing at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday, December 16th at 8:00 pm. Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra will be performing from their latest Christmas album as well as their other popular holiday albums. Tickets are available online.

Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College
450 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711
Lewis Family Playhouse
12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Fox Performing Arts Center
3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

The Inland Pacific Ballet brings its rendition of The Nutcracker to three different sites this holiday season. On December 9th and 10th, families can enjoy the show at the Bridges Auditorium in Claremont. On December 15, 16, and 17 the ballet will perform at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. And on December 22 and 23, the show will be at the Fox Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online.

Miracle on 34th Street – A Live Radio Play
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

The holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street, is a true family favorite. This performance is special in that it is a live stage performance of the original 1940s radio broadcast. Performances are scheduled from December 14th through December 23rd. Tickets are available online.

Other Events in December and January:

LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil – A Waking Dream of Mexico
The Mayan Theatre
1038 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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LUZIA, performed under the big top at Dodger Stadium, will take audiences to an imaginary Mexico where light (luz) quenches the spirit and rain (lluvia) soothes the soul.With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. The show runs from December 8th to January 21st. Tickets start at $50. 

 

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Wendy is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her nine-year-old son and from her experiences from her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both in print and online. She prefers sunflowers to roses and thinks chocolate is okay at any meal. You can find her at wendykennar.com.


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