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

Updated for 2020: most shows have been cancelled this year. Please see our list of Christmas and Holiday events in Los Angeles instead.

One way to celebrate the holiday season is to attend a show. Here in Southern California, the Entertainment Capitol of the World, you can be sure there are lots of musicals, stage productions, vocal performances, and more, happening throughout the rest of the year – that are guaranteed to leave you full of holiday spirit! Enjoy this list of Christmas and Holiday Shows in Los Angeles!

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

All The Nutcrackers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Ballet The Nutcracker
Multiple performances all over SoCal

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

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

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

Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 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, at locations around Los Angeles this holiday season. Families can enjoy the production at the Cerritos Center on November 30th and December 1st. On December 7th and 8th, the performance is at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. On December 13th, 14th, and 15th , the ballet will be at Royce Hall. The Dolby Theatre hosts the production on December 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 24th, and on December 28th and 29th, the performance will be held at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. This version of the story takes place on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles in 1912. Tickets are available online.

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, Egypt, Jazzland, Russia, and more. Performances are planned beginning Thursday, December 5th through Sunday, December 8th. Tickets are available online.

America Contemporary Ballet Nutcracker suite
photo courtesy of American Contemporary Ballet

ACB Presents The Nutcracker Suite 
Metropolis: Los Angeles 877 S. Francisco St., Upper Level, Los Angeles, 90017

American Contemporary Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite is a Spielbergian fantasy that suspends both its heroine and audience in a magical snow globe of dance, music and mysterious delights too enchanting to leave behind, while also questioning whether any of us can remain in the Land of Sweets forever. Regardless of the answer, the company has had to increase performances of the world’s first immersive ‘Nutcracker’ every year since its 2017 premiere to meet the demand of those who’d like to visit, if only for one wonder-filled hour. November 29 – December 24, Tickets: $55-$137.

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 14th at 1:30 pm and 6:30pm, and Sunday, December 15th at 2:00 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 130 dancers will bring this classic tale to life. Ticket information is available online.

37th 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 14th and 15th and December 20th through December 22nd. Tickets are available online.

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 Saturday, December 21st at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm and two shows on Sunday, December 22nd at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Families will enjoy a beautiful rendition of a familiar story along with enchanting dance performances and inspiring sets. “Dancing alongside the full professional Russian cast are local Los Angeles children.” Tickets are available online.

Westside Ballet nutcracker dancers
photo courtesy of Westside Ballet

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

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 Friday, December 13th and continue through Sunday, December 22nd.

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 especially for children, the performance is a condensed, 45-minute version of the popular holiday tale. Before each performance, children will enjoy interactive activities in the concert hall including arts and crafts, an instrument petting zoo, the chance to meet Symphony musicians, and more. A visit from Santa is also planned at the end of the performance. Two performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 7th (one at 10:00 am and another at 11:30 am). 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 wizardry of strings and into the enchanted world of the fantastic … Nutcracker.” Performances are scheduled November 30th through December 29th. Tickets are available online; children under 2 are free.

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 November 30th and December 1st and again on December 7th and 8th, families can enjoy the show at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. On December 14th and 15th, the ballet will perform at the Fox Performing Arts Center. And on December 21st and 22nd, the show will be at the Bridges Auditorium in Claremont. Tickets are available online.

Nutcracker at Westside Ballet
Nutcracker photo courtesy of Westside Ballet

Westside Ballet’s Nutcracker
The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

They are the longest running Nutcracker in Southern California – this will be their 47th year run of the holiday classic, to a live orchestra, at the Broad Stage, for 9 performances Thanksgiving weekend and the first weekend in December. Kids 2 and under sit on Mom’s lap for free! 

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker
The Soraya at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge 91330

For the first time ever, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings their production of The Nutcracker, now in its 23rdseason, to Los Angeles! Over 70 children from Los Angeles Youth Ballet from Encino will round out the cast. Adding to the excitement, the traditional Russian, Spanish, and Chinese pieces will feature performers from around the globe who bring their traditional and authentic dances. Performances December 7 & 8 only.

Other Holiday Shows

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 7th and Saturday, December 14th. Both shows are at 2:00 pm. The “Festival of Carols” includes “treasured carols and songs, plus a special treat: the world premiere of The Gift of the Magi, a setting of O. Henry’s charming tale of love and giving” all performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with Eric Whitacre as conductor! Tickets are available online.

9th 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 14th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This free event features live holiday music and Santa arriving on his surf board! A free holiday activity book will be presented to the first 150 children in attendance. And don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy (valued at $5 or more) to participate in the Love in the Mirror Toy Drive and a chance to win pier prizes. 

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“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 15th at 7:00 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.

60th 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 Tuesday, December 24th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 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 PBS SoCal.

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 21st, 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. (Children 2 and older may be admitted.)

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 6th and continue through December 15th. Tickets are available online.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told
Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024

The Sierra Madre Playhouse invites families to a live performance featuring “every Christmas Story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung, a madcap romp through the holiday season!” This production may be better enjoyed by families with older children. Performances begin December 6th and continue through December 28th. 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 22nd. 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. (No children under 6 years old will be admitted.)

The Brian Setzer Orchestra
16th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour
Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Brian Setzer Orchestra is performing at the Microsoft Theater on Saturday, December 21st 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.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Live
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Live is described as both “a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family.” Families will be mesmerized by singers, dancers, and performers in this production featuring over 300 costumes and “20 of the world’s most astonishing acts.” Performances are scheduled for December 13th, 14th, and 15th. Tickets are available online. 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Mannheim Steamroller comes to Costa Mesa for one concert to celebrate “35 years of holiday magic.” Experience and enjoy the “#1 Christmas music artist in history and for the first time ever, hear the entire album that started it all.” Performance is scheduled for Sunday, December 1st. Tickets are available online.

Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour
The Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Families are invited to “the biggest celebration in town” – Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour. Enjoy live appearances by Mickey, Minnie, Sofia the First, Puppy Dog Pals, and more. And, Santa Claus will be making a very special appearance as well. Performances are scheduled for December 21st and 22nd. Tickets are available online. 

Fiesta Navidad Mariachi Los Camperos
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Families can enjoy a performance of Fiesta Navidad on Thursday, December 19th. “Filled with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family.” Tickets are available online. 


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