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Christmas and Holiday Family Shows in Los Angeles

Updated for 2022

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 Road Trip Adventures

  • Disney on Ice Anaheim December 15th- 19th at Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
  • Disney on Ice Los Angeles December 8th – 11th at Crypto.com Arena – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Disney on Ice Ontario December 22nd – 26th at Toyota Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

Disney On Ice Road Trip Adventures skates into the Southland this holiday season playing Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Ontario. Road Trip Adventures 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!

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 classical repertory theatre company, is proud to announce the return of Los Angeles’ longest-running production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, running Dec. 3 through Dec. 23, 2022, for its tenth 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. 13, 14, & 20 at 7:30 pm. 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 
December 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 8 pm
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 13th at 8 pm
The beloved Grammy®-winning “orchestra of voices” returns with its signature holiday performance.

Arturo Sandoval Swinging Holiday
Friday, December 23 at 8 pm
Holiday favorites decked out in Latin jazz styling

Holiday Sing-Along 
Melissa Peterman, host, John Sutton, conductor
Angeles Chorale
Saturday, December 3rd at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Raise your voice and your spirit in this annual holiday tradition that offers fun, cheer, and a whole lot of music.

The Nutcracker with Dudamel: Tchaikovsky & Ellington 
Wednesday, December 14th at 8 pm
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.

Dudamel Leads the Tristan Project
Act I: December 9th at 8 pm and December 15th at 8 pm
Act II: December 10th at 8 pm and December 16th at 8 pm
Act III: December 11th at 2 pm and December 17th at 8 pm
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the return of this remarkable production of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, directed by Peter Sellars with video by Bill Viola, one of America’s leading visual artists. 

New Year’s Eve with The Roots
Friday, December 31st at 7 pm and 10:30 pm
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.

Nutcracker for Kids
Dec 3, 2022, at 10 AM and 11:30 AM
Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a jolly visit from Santa Claus himself!

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Dec 4, 2022 at 7 PM
This ultimate holiday tradition has been America’s favorite for over 35 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Christmas classics in the distinctive Mannheim sound.

The Nutcracker
December 9, 2022, at 7 PM
December 10, 2022, at 2 PM and 7 PM
December 11, 2022, at 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM
December 14, 2022, at 7 PM
December 15, 2022, at 7 PM
December 16, 2022, at 7 PM
December 17, 2022, at 2 PM and 7 PM
December 18, 2022, at 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM
SoCal’s favorite holiday tradition returns with American Ballet Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Created by one of today’s most celebrated choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky, this dazzling holiday treat features ABT’s roster of superstar dancers along with gorgeous sets and costumes by Tony winner Richard Hudson, and Pacific Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

Broadway Hollywood
December 15, 2022, at 7:30 PM
In a celebration of classic holiday music, The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook is coming to the Center and spreading festive cheer this season. This delightful performance by Aaron Lazar and Kerry O’Malley features great holiday songs from Broadway shows and films!

Tis the Season!
December 18, 2022, at 5 PM
December 19, 2022, at 7:30 PM
In a celebration of classic holiday music, The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook is coming to the Center and spreading festive cheer this season. This delightful performance by Aaron Lazar and Kerry O’Malley features great holiday songs from Broadway shows and films!

Manhattan Transfer
December 16 and 17, 2022, at 8 PM
Warmth, joy and magic are only some of the words that can be used to describe the holiday season. Those are also the same words that can be used to describe jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer’s The Christmas Album and An Acapella Christmas albums. Enjoy standards such as “Happy Holiday,” “Let It Snow,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” “Jingle Bells,” and more. Celebrate the season with family and friends in the holiday-decked Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Sparkling classics and favorites for the season—even a visit from Santa!

Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert 
Dec 23, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating his 66th 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 23, 2022 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 tradition at Segerstrom Center, perfect for the whole family.

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The Soraya
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330

Enjoy these wonderful holiday shows at the Soraya this season.

Watkins Family Hour Christmas with Special Guest Margaret Glaspy
SAT | DEC 3 | 8PM
Brother and sister duo Sean and Sara Watkins bring their bluegrass musical variety show to The Soraya with a special Anniversary edition just for the Holidays. This event also features singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy, a folk musician praised for her raw rock edge.

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
WED | DEC 7 | 8PM
Based on a true story of when peace, camaraderie, and music prevailed on the battlefield in 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. A remarkable true story told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. Performed by Theater Latté Da, the New York Times calls All is Calm “a beautiful musical recounting of a World War I ceasefire of gifts, poetry, and melody.”

Nochebuena, Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéller
SAT | DEC 10 | 8PM
SUN | DEC 11 | 3PM
In what has become a popular holiday tradition at The Soraya, the lively Nochebuena celebration returns live on stage for two performances Saturday, December 10 at 8 pm and Sunday, December 11 at 3 pm. 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 more.

Alton Brown Live
SAT | DEC 17 | 7PM
Former host of the scientific cooking shows Good Eats, chef and Food TV personality Alton Brown is hitting the road with a new variant of his culinary variety show just in time for the Holidays. Audiences can look forward to cooking, comedy, music, mayhem, and dangerous-seeming science stuff. Prepare for an evening unlike any other and if Brown calls for volunteers… think twice. Expect audience interaction, maybe a gameshow segment, strange devices, and other amusements meant for foodies.

London Handel Players
SUN | DEC 18 | 7PM
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, sitting onstage with this Baroque ensemble from London. Conjuring Christmases past, the nine-piece ensemble will perform excerpts from Handel’s MessiahBach’s Christmas Oratorio, and sparkling works by Mozart and Vivaldi.  Having toured extensively in Europe and North America, London Handel Players will make a rare West Coast stop at The Soraya for this intimate holiday celebration.

Rooftop Cinema Club Holiday Programming
– DTLA, 4th Floor, 888 South Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
– 777 S. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90021
– 1310 E Franklin Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

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.

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 10th, and Saturday, December 17th. Both shows are at 2:00 pm. Our popular Festival of Carols returns with a fresh spin for 2022. Indulge in the delights of the holiday season with traditional Christmas carols and festive folksongs from around the world.

Angel City Chorale’s “The More, The Merrier” Holiday Concert 
Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Angel City Chorale returns to historic Royce Hall on the UCLA campus for The More The Merrier holiday concert. Please join the America’s Got Talent semi-finalists and Los Angeles’ premier community choir for this festive event on Saturday, December 3rd at 7pm and Sunday, December 4th at 3pm.

Accompanied by the ACC orchestra, Artistic Director Sue Fink leads the 150-voice ensemble in a selection of beautiful and celebratory numbers that are sure to bring joy to the heart of even the most diehard Grinch. Look for perennial favorites wrapped in shiny new arrangements, like the beloved Carol of the Bells, the English carol Wassail, and a stunning Native Peoples-inspired arrangement of The Huron Carol, as well as gospel renditions of Go Tell It on the Mountain and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and more. Chanukah celebrators will love the traditional Mi Y’malel and the hilarious and rousing Chanukah in Santa Monica. We promise to deliver more songs, more togetherness, more fun, more hope, and more joy with this fun-filled concert — The More The Merrier! And of course as always, we are thrilled to include our very own ANGEL CITY YOUTH CHORALE in the festivities.

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 10th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This free event features live holiday music and you may even see Santa arriving on his surfboard! 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).

63rd 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 3 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.

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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 include dancing Santas, hip-hopping penguins, choral music, and much more. Performances begin December 9th – 18th.

Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey featuring Damien Sneed
Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263

Celebrate the season with Damien Sneed, the multitalented composer, conductor, musician, and vocalist, in his Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey. Sunday, December 4th at 2PM. Sneed will perform on keyboards and vocals with a group of phenomenal singers and musicians as they render Sneed’s unique arrangements of familiar Christmas carols, original holiday tunes, classical favorites, folk songs, spirituals, and more. Tickets: $27.50–$60; $27.50 for youth 17 and under. 

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