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Christmas and Holiday Family Shows in Los Angeles

Updated for 2021

One way to celebrate the holiday season is to attend a Holiday 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!

From A Christmas Carol to The Nutcracker Ballet, and everything between and beyond, Los Angeles serves up terrific Holiday Shows for the whole family. With our world-class theater companies and creative talent, you’re sure to find something that will get you in the mood for celebrating this wonderful holiday season.

In fact, there are dozens of Nutcracker performances in Socal this year!

Actor dressed in costume as Christmas Present from A Noise Within
Christmas Present from A Christmas Carol at A Noise Within, photo used with permission

Holiday Shows in Los Angeles

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big skates into the Southland this holiday season playing Anaheim, Los Angeles, Ontario and Long Beach from December 8th – January 2nd.  Dream Big features favorite Disney friends such as Mickey, Minnie, Miguel, Moana, Elsa, Belle, Genie, and more highlighting all the magic and adventure of Disney’s tales through world-class figure skating. Audiences will be transported to exciting worlds where heroes of every kind seek to fulfill their dreams at a live experience families will never forget!

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Mickey Mouse skating at Disney on Ice
Mickey Mouse skating at Disney on Ice

A Christmas Carol at A Noise Within
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

A Noise Within, California’s acclaimed classic repertory theatre company, is proud to announce the return of Los Angeles’ longest-running production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, running Dec. 2 through Dec. 23, 2021, for its ninth holiday season at ANW with an all-new musical score by Robert Oriol, adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott, and directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott.

Latina Christmas Special at A Noise Within
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Latina Christmas Special – An American Comedy of Latina Proportions – will return on Dec. 14 & 15 at 7:30pm. This Off-Broadway hit is a timely comedy about those of us who ride the edge between the culture of our immigrant parents and the culture of our home, America. Every ethnicity can relate to the feeling that their parents and families are a little “weird” (that’s a nice word) during the holidays when compared to the traditional American Christmases fed to us on TV. Three comedian friends: Sandra Valls (Showtime’s Latin Divas of Comedy), Maria Russell (Lt. Liz Salazar on TruTV’s Tacoma FD), and Diana Yanez (Margaret Cho’s Sensuous Woman) show us with their personal tales that every family has its own hilarious peculiarities, everyone wants to belong, and everyone, regardless of their background, has a hard time at some point in their life.

Holiday Shows at the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The LA Phil is bringing back in-person performances in a big way this Holiday season, with multiple events that are sure to delight music fans of all stripes.

Home Alone in Concert 
Saturday, December 11th at 8pm and Sunday, December 12th at 2pm
Los Angeles Philharmonic David Newman, conductor
John WILLIAMS, Home Alone in Concert
The LA Phil performs John Williams’ score at these special screenings of the holiday classic.

A Chanticleer Christmas
Tuesday, December 14th at 8pm
The?beloved Grammy®-winning “orchestra of voices” returns with its signature holiday performance.

CeCe Winans
Friday, December 17th at 8pm
One of gospel’s biggest-ever stars gives a holiday performance.

Holiday Sing-Along 
Melissa Peterman, host, John Sutton, conductor
Angeles Chorale
Saturday, December 18th at 11:30am and 2:30pm
Raise your voice and your spirit in this annual?holiday tradition?that offers fun, cheer, and a?whole lot?of music.?

Arturo Sandoval Big Band Swinging Holiday 
Tuesday, December 21st at 8pm
It’s a jumping, jiving, jingling night at Walt Disney Concert Hall when the Grammy®-winning trumpeter and his Big Band deck seasonal songs in Latin jazz styling.

The Doo Wop Project
Wednesday, December 22nd at 8pm
The five-man singing group brings effortless cool and a vintage spin to holiday songs from throughout the years.

New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini featuring China Forbes
Friday, December 31st at 7pm and 10:30pm
Countdown to 2022 in style with Portland’s celebrated “little orchestra.”

Looking for Christmas Events in Los Angeles or Hanukkah Celebrations in SoCal – we’ve got you covered.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
300 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

There will be many Holiday performances to choose from at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this season.

Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert 
Dec 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating his 65th year in the music industry, legendary singer Johnny Mathis’ sublime vocal approach to music eclipses passing fads and trends. He has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.

Fiesta Navidad with Mariachi Los Camperos
December 22, 2021 at 8 p.m.
One of Orange County’s most beloved holiday events, Fiesta Navidad, features the Grammy Award®-winning Mariachi Los Camperos in a concert filled with festive music and dance. This celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is a joyous annual traditon at Segerstrom Center, perfect for the whole family.

A Magical Cirque Christmas 
December 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.
The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spell-binding and incredible holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS! Experience the enchantment of Christmas as Magical Hostess Lucy Darling takes you through an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.

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The Soraya
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330

Enjoy these wonderful holiday shows at the Soraya this season.

Nochebuena, Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéller
FRI | DEC 10 | 8PM | FREE
SAT | DEC 11 | 3PM | FREE
In what has become a popular holiday tradition at The Soraya, the lively Nochebuena celebration returns live on stage for two free performances Friday, December 10 at 8pm and Saturday, December 11 at 3 pm.  These are the final 2021 free concerts presented by The Soraya as a thank to audiences returning to live performances. Nothing says “Happy Holidays, LA-style!” like Nochebuena with the sound of mariachi and the swirling of folklorico dancers as Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles takes centerstage on a bill with Los Angeles’ own Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and special guest vocalist Lupita Infante.

LA Jewish Symphony: Violins of Hope with Lindsay Deutsch
SUN | DEC 12 | 3PM
The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, conducted by Noreen Green, dedicated to the performance of works of distinction that explore Jewish culture, heritage and experience, performs a program with violinist Lindsay Deutsch and cellist Barry Gold on Sunday December 12 at 7pm at The Soraya that is a celebration of perseverance and music’s power to transcend: John Williams: Schindler’s List Suite; Max Bruch: Kol Nidre; Ernest Bloch: Baal Shem: Three Pictures of Hassidic Life; and Sid Robinovitch: Suite for Klezmer Band and Orchestra. Violins of Hope is a project created to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, based on a private collection of over 60 violins, violas and cellos all restored since the end of World War II. The instruments have been collected by Amnon Weinstein and his son Avshi in Tel Aviv and restored in an effort to continue to tell the story of their previous owners, each with their own personal stories from the Holocaust.

Rooftop Cinema Club Holiday Programming
– DTLA, 4th Floor, 888 South Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
– The Drive-Up at Santa Monica Airport 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica Interim Open Space, Santa Monica, CA 90405

As we snuggle up for sweater weather, The Drive-Up is merging lanes. Introducing a PREMIER drive-in ticket option, featuring front section parking and a decked out, fully-furnished Lawn Box in front of each vehicle complete with deckchairs, wireless headphones and side tables. Better yet, each PREMIER ticket includes a 46oz popcorn to share. Guests will also be able to book classic drive-in tickets at the rear section of the cinema, including a dedicated tailgating space for each vehicle. In either case, make sure to BYOB – bring your own blankets to cozy up and settle in as you join RCC for holiday classics such as Elf, Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story and Home Alone. Guests can also indulge in seasonal menu options such as hot cocoa and more. NOTE: Guests will have their last chance to experience The Drive-Up at Santa Monica Airport – the venue will take its final bow December 31st.  Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA will close out the season on December 19th with a final screening of Elf.

Yuletide Cinemaland by Street Food Cinema
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Street Food Cinema returns to Heritage Square Museum to deck the historic halls for Yuletide Cinemaland, an immersive holiday event series featuring festive Victorian homes, seasonal film favorites and an interactive winter village, starting December 4th. You’ll enter through the Twinkling Light Tunnel made up of more than 20,000 lights! This enchanting village invites guests to explore Santa-approved photo opps and picturesque Victorian-era homes dressed for the holidays. The Tinsel Tavern Bar will be serving up seasonal delights like hot chocolate, craft beer, mulled wine and more festive fare. For guests looking for something a little heartier, food trucks featuring delicious comfort food will be available. Each night features two screenings of holiday films like Elf, Home Alone, A Christmas Story and other classic favorites. Plus – no holiday is complete without a visit from Santa Claus so have your cameras ready! Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18-12/23, 12/26 

LA Master Chorale 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 4th and Saturday, December 11th. Both shows are at 2:00 pm. The “Festival of Carols” includes treasured carols and songs.

Holiday Concert 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 11th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This free event features live holiday music and you may even see 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).

62nd 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 always held on December 24th at 3pm. 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.

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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 Saturday, December 11th at 5pm. The “Joy to the World” concert does require donation 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.

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 10th – 19th.

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