Save the Holiday Drama for the Theater

October 30, 2017
Save the Holiday Drama for the Theater

Holiday Theatrical & Musical Performances in Cleveland


Without question, it happens every December, typically on a Sunday afternoon following a Saturday night holiday soiree. It's the return of classic holiday films.

Before you know it, you've spent an entire afternoon in sweatpants binge-watching holiday classics like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, It's A Wonderful Life and Home Alone (1 and 2).

And, while there's nothing wrong with enjoying a great holiday flick here and there, there's something far more inspiring about getting off your couch, heading to Cleveland and spending a day immersed in original holiday classics live on stage, as well as captivating musical experiences.

Get going to one of these performances.

A Christmas Story
From our TVs to the stage, Cleveland Play House is bringing back the classic, A Christmas Story. This show has all your favorites--from the leg lamp to the Red Ryder air rifle. Come enjoy the holiday favorite at Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre Nov. 24-Dec 23. Get your tickets here.

A Christmas Carol
What would the holidays be like without Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future? We don't know and we certainly don't want to find out. Enjoy the on-stage production of A Christmas Carol performed by Great Lakes Theater at the Hanna Theatre in Playhouse Square, Nov. 25-Dec. 23. Buy tickets here.

Cleveland Orchestra's Christmas Concerts
It's really not the holidays without Christmas music. This year, though, go beyond the radio stations blasting holiday tunes 24/7 and experience this seasonal music like never before. The Cleveland Orchestra, consistently rated within the top orchestras in the entire world, puts on a series of captivating Christmas concerts that will leave you simply speechless. The orchestra teams up with several choirs-- including the Cleveland State Chorus--to create a holiday experience that will quickly become your newest yearly tradition. Get tickets for shows happening Dec. 14-23.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra--or "TSO" as its loyal followers call it--comes to Quicken Loans Arena for its annual concert Dec. 29. This post-Christmas extravaganza brings together classic Christmas tunes with a slightly hair-metal twist. Two showings at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you've never been, this is your big chance. Get your tickets now!

Other Holiday Performances Throughout CLE:

The Singing Angels - Holiday Spectacular
Nov. 19, Playhouse Square, State Theatre

The Singing Angels - CLE Tree Lighting - Public Square
Nov. 25, Public Square

Nutcracker SuitePresented by The Cleveland Ballet
Dec. 15-17, Playhouse Square, Hanna Theatre

Cleveland Orchestra Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Dec. 19-20, Severance Hall

Cleveland Pops Orchestra: Musical, Magical Christmas
Nov. 26, Playhouse Square, Connor Palace

North Coast Mens Choir: Under the Mistletoe
Dec. 2, Playhouse Square, Hannah Theatre

Cleveland Institute of Music Winter Chamber Music Festival: Emerson String Quartet
Dec. 3, University Circle, Mixon Hall

Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant
Dec. 4-21, Cleveland Public Theatre

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Dec. 6, Playhouse Square, Keybank State Theatre

The Santaland Diares
Dec. 6, Playhouse Square, Outcalt

Children's Theater Series: A Very Electric Christmas
Dec. 6, Playhouse Square, Hannah Theatre

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: J Peanuts Meet the Grinch!
Dec. 9, Playhouse Square, Hanna Theatre

SING!: An Irish Christmas
Dec. 14, Playhouse Square, Connor Palace

The Cleveland Pops Orchestra: New Year's Eve Concert
Dec. 31, Severance Hall

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