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Holiday Plays

A List of Holiday Plays This 2022 Season
With the holidays near, here is a list of a few shows that may get you in the holiday spirit.

Check back soon as we continue to add more shows as the holidays get closer.

Most Popular Holiday Shows

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of ChristmasNov 25 - Jan 1, 2023

Adapted and Performed by Paul Morella In a season stuffed with varied versions of the classic yuletide tale, Paul Morella's solo performance stands apart for its devotion to Dickens' original language and storytelling genius. One extraordinary performer brings to life Scrooge and his specters, the whole Cratchett family, and celebrants of Christmases past, present, and future - more than 40 different characters in all. It's why this production is a treasured annual tradition gathering more devotees than ever as it enters its 13th iteration.

It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful LifeNov 11 - Jan 15, 2023

Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey's life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, as we all take a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all. Toby's original adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth and humor of the original. A new holiday classic for subscribers and newcomers alike.

Other Holiday Shows

The 34th Annual Nutcracker
The 34th Annual Nutcracker Nov 25 - Jan 1, 2023

Join the Puppet Co. for our 34th annual The Nutcracker! This time honored seasonal celebration includes Tchaikovsky's familiar story of Clara and her prince, with some Puppet Co. nursery rhyme spin.

The Christmas Angel
The Christmas Angel Dec 2 - Dec 18, 2022

This original musical has now become a holiday classic! Based on a little-known 1910 novel by Abbie Farwell Brown, this tale about a spinster and her heartwarming transformation into the Christmas spirit echo Dickens and the journey of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Our award-winning creative team, Conner and Smith, put their signature stamp on what is sure to become another classic Christmas show!

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol Dec 3 - Dec 24, 2022

Charles Dickens' story was created to inspire a spirit of charity toward those less fortunate. Our Helen Hayes Awards-recommended original production of this classic holiday story has become an annual holiday tradition, delighting patrons of all ages.

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2022

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a production heralded as a "rich visual and vocal treat" (TheaterMania) and "infectiously jolly" (The Washington Post).

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec 15 - Dec 18, 2022

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this popular and dazzling family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

A Family Christmas
A Family Christmas Dec 24 - Dec 24, 2022

Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them! We'll take you on a merry tour of sing-alongs and Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph! This one-hour concert is perfect for children ages 5 and up.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Dec 1 - Jan 1, 2023

Hershel just wants to celebrate Hanukkah with the community, but the Queen and King of the Goblins have forbidden the lighting of the candles. Can Hershel save the day and lift the curse for this shtetl (village)? Script by Stephen Laughton. Original book written by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.

The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays
The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays Nov 9 - Nov 9, 2022

Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

An Irish Carol
An Irish Carol Dec 15 - Dec 31, 2022

AN IRISH CAROL is an homage to Dickens' classic - told as only the Irish can. This comic and touching play, set in a modern Dublin pub, follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve - challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present, and faced with the reality of a lonely future - David's life may change forever.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Dec 16 - Dec 31, 2022

There isn't a venue in the country with more holiday spirit than Olney Theatre Center - or should we say holiday spirits? This 90-minute musical revue, celebrates them all, from the ones you know on down to those little-known gems like Festivus and National Microwave Day. Backed by a five-piece band, Olney Theatre veterans Kaiyla Gross, Patricia Hurley, Nick Lehan, and Da'Von T. Moody will share holiday memories and songs of the season, from holiday standards like "Winter Wonderland" to pop music in the spirit of the season. So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or nothing at all, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is for you.

Nutcracker Dec 22 - Dec 22, 2022
Virginia National Ballet at Capital One Hall

Virginia National Ballet presents The Nutcracker! Don't miss this magical production featuring beautiful scenery and costumes, and wonderful choreography danced by Virginia National Ballet's professional company of international dancers. This traditional holiday favorite is a popular production in the region that always sells out early and is perfect for the whole family. VNB is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season in 2022-23. The company recently won Inside Nova's Best of Prince William 2022, they won the Seefeldt Award in 2019 and were voted Best of NOVA 2017 by Northern Virginia Magazine.

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2022
Kansas City Ballet at The Kennedy Center

Kansas City Ballet's seasonal tradition, The Nutcracker, returns to the Kennedy Center to continue our annual holiday presentation of America's best Nutcrackers. The company's production, choreographed by Artistic Director Devon Carney, continues to awe audiences year after year and is hailed as "positively oozing charm" by The Washington Post, promising grandeur, laughter, and a snowfall of holiday magic! From the moment you meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, the elaborate storybook backdrops, sparkling costumes, and captivating choreography promise an enchanting theatrical experience. Relive your favorite moments: the grand pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, the battle between the Nutcracker Prince and villainous Mouse King, and the parade of dances in the Land of the Sweets.

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2022

This celebrated production is set in historic 1882 Georgetown with George Washington, King George III, and other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones. Set to Tchaikovsky's magical score, this celebrated classic comes to life with intricate, stunning set designs, original period costumes, and over 100 dancers including students and trainees from The Washington School of Ballet. It has become the signature Nutcracker of the nation's capital.

Snow Maiden
Snow Maiden Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2022

In a frozen silver forest high in the mountains, a lonely man builds a woman from snow. When she mysteriously comes to life, mischief, laughter, and enchantment abound. But what will happen when the ice begins to melt? Told through dazzling movement, dance, and acrobatics, Synetic's magical take on beloved folktale Snegurochka is a story of love, hope, and the power of dreams. "

Step Afrika's! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show
Step Afrika's! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2022

As the world's first holiday show highlighting the African American tradition of stepping, Step Afrika's! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is a feast for the eyes and ears. Fabulous and furry friends from the Arctic Kingdom - Popper the Penguin and Polo the Polar Bear - along with DJ Nutcracker ensure a fun and exciting experience for the entire family!

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge
The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2022

Witness the trial of the century! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and sues Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, and a long list of other crimes. Will Ebenezer rediscover the true meaning of Christmas and learn that the spirit of giving lives in our hearts every day, not just once a year?

White Christmas
White Christmas Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2022

Based on the beloved 1954 film, this musical adaptation features the music of Irving Berlin and centers around a successful song-and-dance act and a duo of singing sisters. A perfect start to the holiday season, join us for a heartwarming classic full of love and laughter.

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2022

This play is a thoughtful retelling of the story of a young girl who wrote a letter to The New York Sun more than 100 years ago asking if Santa Claus exists and the newspaper's response to her. Virginia's desire to get answers to her question is what moves this story along as it joyfully reminds the grown-ups in the audience that we might learn a thing or two if we listen to the young voices questioning the world around us more. Keeping the sprit of giving connected to this holiday at its center, this play will touch us all through its focus on our shared humanity.