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Holiday Theater & Performances

The holiday season in Denver brings many theater, music and dance performances. Come to The Mile High City and make a night of it. 

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

WHEN: Nov. 20, 2016
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" is a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. The dance show brings together a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist for a celebration of love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

Stories On Stage: Making Merry

WHEN: Dec. 10, 2016
King Center 

A variety of holiday stories read live on stage by professional actors. This year's lineup includes "One Christmas" by Truman Capote, "The Demon Foiled" by Anne Roiphe and "The Christmas" Bogey by Pat Frank.

A Colorado Christmas

WHEN: Dec. 9-11, 2016

WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall in this annual Christmas spectacular. A Colorado Christmas focuses on the music and magic of the season, showcasing the Colorado Symphony's annual collaboration with the Colorado Children's Chorale and the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who's naughty and who's nice in preparation for the big night.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

WHEN: Dec. 16-18, 2016
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Kids and those who remember this classic from their childhood will love seeing all their favorite characters come to life on stage. 

Handel's Messiah

WHEN: Dec. 16-18, 2016

WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Experience the full majesty of Handel's masterpiece — one of the most revered oratorios of all time — when the Colorado Symphony and Chorus exalt Messiah to new heights. Nicholas Kraemer returns to Denver leading the orchestra and chorus in this the soul-stirring holiday classic.

Holiday Brass

WHEN: Dec. 16 and 18, 2016

WHERE: Montview Presbyterian Church
Come celebrate the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony Brass in a resounding program of seasonal favorites, featuring traditional carols, classical favorites, jazz transcriptions, and music from beloved holiday movies and TV specials. Make your holiday season bright by joining the Colorado Symphony Brass in an unforgettable program that hits all of the right Yuletide notes.

Celtic Woman Home for Christmas

WHEN: Dec. 20, 2016

WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they return for another spectacular evening with your Colorado Symphony. Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble's extensive repertoire featuring holiday favorites "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Silent Night."

Frosty & Frozen

WHEN: Dec. 21, 2016

WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
This festive feature concert is a lively a sing-along to your favorite winter tunes “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and more. Don’t forget to don your "sleigh" apparel and dress up as your favorite winter character for a special reprise of “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen.

A Christmas Carol

WHEN: Nov. 25-Dec. 24, 2016
WHERE: Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge's triumphant overnight journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations. 

The Santaland Diaries

WHEN: Nov. 25-Dec. 24, 2016
WHERE: The Jones, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Crumpet the Elf returns for more hilarious holiday hijinks in this acclaimed one-man show. Looking for a little more snark in your stocking this year? David Sedaris' offbeat tales from his stint as a Macy's elf in New York City is the sure cure for the common Christmas show. Mature language makes this one best enjoyed by adults.

The Nutcracker

WHEN: Nov. 26-Dec. 24, 2016
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The holidays are not complete until you see the Colorado Ballet perform their annual The Nutcracker, featuring unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, classic choreography and Tchaikovsky's extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. This dazzling spectacle of glittering snowflakes and shimmering sugarplums will transport audiences to the Land of Sweets.

A Night in Vienna

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2016

WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The wildly popular annual tradition featuring the Colorado Symphony waltzing with you into the New Year returns. Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony's presentation of A Night in Vienna, a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes and marches. The festive evening is the perfect sendoff to 2016 — and the early start time ensures that you won't miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks.

Finding Neverland

WHEN: Dec. 20, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The tale behind the tale! The inspiration that spurred J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan is the subject of this heartwearing theatrical event. "Finding Neverland" is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical!

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