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.



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. 


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.


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.



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.


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.


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 this December. "‘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.


WHEN: Dec. 16–17, 2017
WHERE: Newman Center for the Performing Arts

The Denver Brass will share classic carols and old favorites with new Denver Brass twists. Included will be selections from "O Holy Night," "Babes in Toyland," Stan Kenton's "The Holly & The Ivy," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Silent Night" and more.


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.


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.