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Don't miss these wonderful holiday shows in Denver during the year's most festive season! These old favorites and new classics are perfect for planning a winter trip around.
Bring the family and start (or carry on) a Denver holiday tradition.

FEATURED EVENTS

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

WHEN: Nov. 24–Dec. 24, 2017
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.

'WAITRESS'

WHEN: Dec. 19–31, 2017
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex

With original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, "Waitress" tells the story of Jenna — a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. "'Waitress' is a little slice of heaven!" says Entertainment Weekly and "a monumental contribution to Broadway!" according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie.

OTHER HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES

'FIRST DATE'

WHEN: Nov. 11, 2017–Apr. 22, 2018
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre
A drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner when blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey in the endearing musical "First Date." 

'RENT' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

WHEN: Nov. 14–19, 2017
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, "RENT" follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. See this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece as it returns to stage for its 20th anniversary tour.

RACHMANINOFF'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 WITH NATASHA PAREMSKI

WHEN: Nov. 17–19, 2017
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Natasha Paremski graces the stage once more to artfully present Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, considered one of the most technically challenging classical piano concertos.

'JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT'

WHEN: Nov. 17–Dec. 23, 2017
WHERE: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Don’t miss this best-selling family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and a coat of many colors. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

'THE SANTALAND DIARIES'

WHEN: Nov. 24–Dec. 24, 2017
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. Because of mature language, "The Santaland Diaries" is best enjoyed by adults.

'THE NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: Nov. 25–Dec. 24, 2017
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.

DRUMS OF THE WORLD

WHEN: Nov. 26, 2017
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Enjoy an evening listening to the sounds of the Drums of the World during this family-friendly and dynamic concert performed by the Colorado Symphony.

'CHICAGO'

WHEN: Nov. 28–Dec. 3, 2017
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Don’t miss the Tony Award-Wining Broadway Musical, "Chicago," as it returns to stage telling a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz.

ALL BEETHOVEN CONDUCTED BY BRETT MITCHELL

WHEN: Dec. 1–3, 2017
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
All Beethoven Weekend features former and present Music Director for the Colorado Symphony in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

BRASS UNDER GLASS

WHEN: Dec. 2, 2017 
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex
Experience fan-favorite Brass tunes through the magical surround-sound of the glass atrium of the Denver Performing Arts Complex during Brass Under Glass. An outdoor holiday event not to miss.

GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM

WHEN: Dec. 2–17, 2017 
WHERE: Cleo 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. 

HANDEL'S 'MESSIAH'

WHEN: Dec. 8–9, 2017
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.

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Dec. 9–10, 2017
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
See ‘America’s favorite holiday tradition’ by Chip Davis performing Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from his groundbreaking Fresh Aire series.

COLORADO SYMPHONY & YO-YO MA

WHEN: Dec. 10, 2017
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Multi-Grammy® Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to perform with your Colorado Symphony this holiday season.

'ELF THE MUSICAL'

WHEN: Dec. 13–17, 2017
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
"ELF The Musical" is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

A COLORADO CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Dec. 15–17, 2017
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, 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.

HOLIDAY BRASS

WHEN: Dec. 20, 2017
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, 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.

TOO HOT TO HANDEL

WHEN: Dec. 22–23, 2017
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The exuberant jazz, gospel and R&B-infused concert, Too Hot to Handel, brilliantly reinvents Handel’s Messiah and returns by popular demand for the 2017 Holiday season!

'A NIGHT IN VIENNA'

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2017
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.

COLORADO SYMPHONY'S MOVIE AT THE SYMPHONY: HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN 

WHEN: Jan. 5–6 2018
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams' unforgettable score live.