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Some may look to the East and West coasts for the U.S.’s best opera, theater, classical music and ballet — but aficionados know that Denver is home to a performing arts scene to rival any other city. Explore the best upcoming performing arts events in Denver. 

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GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM

WHEN: Ends Dec. 16, 2018
WHERECleo Parker Robinson Dance
Enjoy this holiday favorite that blends dance, live music, spoken word and seasonal celebrations and customs from around the world in a story about Granny's memories. What makes Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum so unique and magical is that the memories are relived and told to her grandchildren through a beautiful display of dance, live music and storytelling. 

'CORDUROY'

WHEN: Ends Dec. 16, 2018
WHERE: 
The Conservatory Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Your little ones will love the tale of Corduroy, a teddy bear who's been patiently waiting on a department store shelf and hoping for a real home. But before he can do that, he’ll have to find the missing button for his overalls.

'ELF – THE MUSICAL'

WHEN: Ends Dec. 23, 2018
WHEREArvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Tag along with Buddy the Elf as he leaves the North Pole for New York City in search of his real father in this family favorite come to life.

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

WHEN: Ends Dec. 24, 2018
WHERE: 
Stage Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Keep the holiday spirit flowing with this classic Christmas tale from Charles Dickens. "A Christmas Carol" is the ultimate holiday treat for theatergoers young and old. 

'THE SANTALAND DIARIES'

WHEN: Ends Dec. 24, 2018
WHERE: The Jones in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
For a less traditional take on the holiday season, don't miss "The SantaLand Diaries," based on author David Sedaris' hilarious account of his stint as a Macy's Christmas elf in New York City. This one-man show isn't for kids, but it will leave adults roaring with holiday cheer. 

'THE NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: Ends Dec. 24, 2018
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

A holiday tradition, Colorado Ballet's performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous score was named the best-loved "The Nutcracker" production in the country last year. 

'XANADU'

WHEN: Ends Apr. 28, 2019
WHERE: 
Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Relive the glorious days of roller disco in this 1980s musical journey set in Venice Beach, California. The Tony Award–nominated Xanadu follows the journey of a Greek muse named Kira who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, where she falls in love with a struggling (mortal) artist named Sonny.

 

The region’s only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a diverse array of symphonic performances throughout the year. The Colorado Symphony performs in Boettcher Concert Hall...

COMING SOON 

IRVING BERLIN'S 'WHITE CHRISTMAS'

WHEN: Dec. 5–15, 2018
WHEREBuell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Kick off the holiday season with a timeless tale filled with song, dance, snow and Christmas cheer. "White Christmas" tells the story of a song-and-dance team that falls for a pair of sisters while putting on a holiday show in a Vermont inn.

A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS CONDUCTED BY BRETT MITCHELL

WHEN: Dec. 7–8, 2018
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
The Colorado Symphony performs classical holiday arrangements by Handel, Mozart, Holst, Barber, Berlioz and more. A Classical Christmas features vocal soloists Anna Christy and Andrew Garland, along with the Colorado Symphony Chorus.

MOSCOW BALLET'S 'GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: Dec. 7–8, 2018
WHEREParamount Theatre
Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" brings world-class Russian performers, extraordinary hand-painted sets, and Russian Snow Maidens and Nesting Dolls to life. This holiday spectacle combines music and dance in a performance that will wow adults and children of all ages.

TEN TENORS — HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR COLORADO SYMPHONY

WHEN: Dec. 9, 2018
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Australia's Ten Tenors welcome the holiday season soaring operatic versions of "White Christmas," "Joy to the World," "Winter Wonderland," "Amazing Grace" and "Feliz Navidad," during Home for the Holidays. The Ten Tenors are accompanied by your Colorado Symphony.

A COLORADO CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Dec. 14–16, 2018
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
The warm sounds of the holidays fill the concert hall with your favorite songs at A Colorado Christmas. "‘Twas the Night Before Christmas," narrated live from stage, will put a smile on your face and set a festive tone for this treasured holiday program, and you won’t want to miss other favorite works like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from "The Nutcracker" and even a few “Frozen” winter tunes. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who’s naughty and who’s nice in preparation for the big night.

JOHN LEGEND: A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Dec. 15, 2018
WHERE:  Bellco Theatre
Come hear contemporary crooner John Legend as he sings and plays songs from his newly released holiday album, including classic standards like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” along with original songs like “Bring Me Love."

ANNUAL TUBACHRISTMAS

WHEN: Dec. 16, 2018
WHERE: DPAC/Denver Performing Arts Complex
Tired of the same old holiday soundtrack? Revive your holiday spirit at the Annual TubaChristmas concert! Tap your toes to your favorite holiday tunes being played by 300 tuba players from all over the region.

CELTIC WOMAN: THE BEST OF CHRISTMAS TOUR

WHEN: Dec. 17, 2018
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
This festive event features the celestial singing of multi-platinum, all-female Irish musical group Celtic Woman, accompanied by the Colorado Symphony

THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY CHRISTMAS ROCK! TOUR

WHEN: Dec. 17, 2018
WHERE: Paramount Theatre
Swing into the holiday season with Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra. Setzer's big-band retro holiday arrangements of holiday classics are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. 

HOLIDAY BRASS

WHEN: Dec. 19, 2018
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
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 Holiday Brass program that hits all of the right Yuletide notes.

MARK O’CONNOR AND FRIENDS AN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Dec. 20, 2018
WHEREParamount Theatre
Last year the Mark O'Connor Band won a GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album, and this December they're gracing the stage at the Paramount Theatre with a holiday performance that blends country and pop with Americana, bluegrass and chamber music.

TOO HOT TO HANDEL

WHEN: Dec. 21–22, 2018
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Back by popular demand, this exhilarating jazz, gospel, and R&B-infused concert brilliantly reinvents Handel’s "Messiah" for the 2018 holiday season! Too Hot to Handel features associate conductor Christopher Dragon at the podium, guest soloists Cynthia Renée Saffron and Lawrence Clayton, and members of the Colorado Symphony Chorus.

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Dec. 26, 2018
WHEREParamount Theatre
Keep the holiday spirit flowing with this Christmas-themed cirque. Featuring magic, circus acrobatics, comedy, live music and caroling, A Magical Cirque Christmaswill blow you away. 

INGRID MICHAELSON TRIO PRESENTS: SONGS FOR THE SEASON

WHEN: Dec. 30, 2018
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

New York singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson plays hits like "The Way I Am" as well as songs from her new holiday album, accompanied by the Colorado Symphony

'A NIGHT IN VIENNA'

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the 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 send-off to 2018 — and the early start time ensures that you won't miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks.

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