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Holiday & Christmas Shows in Denver

The holiday season in Denver brings many theater, music and dance classic performances like 'A Christmas Carol' and 'The Nutcracker.'

You can only see these fan favorites once a year.

We strive to post the most current and accurate event information, but changes and cancellations do occur, so please check the official event website to confirm all details before attending.

The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride 

WHEN: Nov. 10–Dec. 23, 2023
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden
The story of The Polar ExpressTM is theatrically re-created and combined with a magical train ride at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Children get to meet Santa and experience all the sights and sounds of this classic tale as if happening all around them. This year, a whole host of carefully crafted updates have been made to ensure the health and safety of guests, cast and crew, so put on your pajamas and your most fashionable mask and bring the family to enjoy sharing hot cocoa and cookies together as the "Hot, Hot, Hot—Chocolate" song and dance unfolds before your eyes. 

'Camp Christmas' 

WHEN: Nov. 16–Dec. 24, 2023
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace
Welcome back to Colorado’s campiest, quirkiest holiday tradition! Make merry and immerse yourself in a 15,000-square-foot, 360-degree kaleidoscope of yuletide cheer. It’s fun, it’s fleeting and just the right amount of camp; it’s everything you love about the holidays wrapped into one sparkling experience. Leave your worries behind, discover your holiday superpower, visit Santa, and sample craft cocktails from the Base Camp and Fairy Bars. Wander through a surreal mashup of nostalgic scenes, scratch your head at playful pun trees, and, most importantly, reconnect with the joy of the season. 

'A Christmas Carol' 

WHEN: Nov. 17–Dec. 24​, 2023
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Wolf Theatre

Essential to the holiday season in Denver, "A Christmas Carol" is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation that traces money-hoarding curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption.


WHEN: Nov. 21–26, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination. And sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production—just as you remember it and just when we need it most.  

'A Christmas Story' 

WHEN: Nov. 24–Dec. 31, 2023
WHERE: Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. "A Christmas Story" is destined to become a theatrical holiday tradition!

'Home Alone' in Concert 

WHEN: Nov. 24–25, 2023
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Celebrate this modern holiday classic featuring John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live by your Colorado Symphony as the film is screened for your enjoyment! Hilarious and heartwarming, "Home Alone" is holiday fun for the entire family.

Colorado Ballet: 'The Nutcracker' 

WHEN: Nov. 25–Dec. 24, 2023
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

The beloved holiday favorite returns in a dazzling production like no one's ever seen, featuring all-new sets and costumes created especially for Colorado Ballet. A sellout every year, this magical tale of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is going to be dreamier than ever.

'Santa's Big Red Sack' 

WHEN: Nov. 30–Dec. 23, 2023
WHERE: The People's Building

Get ready to let go of everything you hold dear about the holidays—and have it all come back twisted, hilarious and glittering with lights. "Santa’s Big Red Sack" is a non-stop sketch comedy, music and technology bursting at the seams with irreverent wit and unforgettable characters. Your belly will turn to jelly. Your heart will dance. You’ll never experience the holidays the same way again.  

Sing It To Me Santa: Grace Potter 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2023
WHERE: The Mission Ballroom

A benefit for Take Note Colorado with Tracksuit Wedding featuring Ryan Chrys.

'Elf™' in Concert 

WHEN: Dec. 22 and 23, 2023
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This holiday season relive this heart-warming holiday classic on four giant screens as every note of John Debney’s wonderful score is played live by the Colorado Symphony. 

A Night At Santa's Headshop - Comedy Show 

WHEN: Dec. 22, 2023
WHERE: The Denver Comedy Lounge

Santa needs a little help at his headshop this year. Come and spread some holiday cheer and enjoy a little standup with The Denver Comedy Lounge and Colorado Sake Co.

Las Posadas

WHEN: TBA 2023
WHERE: The Fort Restaurant/Tesoro Cultural Center

Celebrated in Mexico and throughout the United States from Dec. 16 to 24, the Las Posadas celebration commemorates Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter on the night of baby Jesus' birth. The Tesoro Cultural Center partners with The Fraternas to present this traditional event. Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, hot cider and traditional biscochitos.