With things looking a little different for holiday season 2020, you might not be able to dress the kids in their fancy clothes and head to your traditional Nutcracker performance. Luckily 2020 has a little gift for you as many of your favorite holiday shows are coming to you at home! From live performances streamed virtually to symphonies airing their best holiday singalongs of yesteryear, these shows are the perfect way to bring a little holiday cheer to your home. Don your holiday PJs, warm up some peppermint hot cocoa and get ready for some virtual merriment!
Pulling Back the Curtain: The Nutcracker from the Joffrey Ballet Chicago
The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for many Chicago families. Unfortunately, in-person performances have been cancelled for 2020, but they invite you to kick off the holiday with a virtual celebration. Get a glimpse like never before with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with the Joffrey artists and delightful surprises to celebrate the magic of this story. Nov. 7, 3 p.m. CT. Event details.
SF Ballet: Nutcracker Online
Watch SF Ballet’s spectacular Nutcracker stream in HD, tour the virtual opera house full of fun activities, send downloadable holiday snaps to your friends and family, enjoy historical highlights of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, and learn steps from the choreography. You can even check off items on your gift list with a visit to SF Ballet’s online Holiday Shop! Streaming Nov. 27-Dec. 31. Event details.
Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical
Bring a sprinkle of holiday magic to your home with Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical. Enjoy the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in the magical world of The North Pole, but dreams of a best friend and a home of her very own. Realizing that wishing alone is not enough, she writes to Santa, which opens the door to many questions and a journey that leads to her wish coming true. Virtual performances Nov. 27-Dec. 27. Event details.
A Child's Christmas in Wales, the Radio Show
This holiday season, Denver's Arvada Center is proud to present a radio play of the classic and cozy A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas. Told through the nostalgic and innocent eyes of a young boy at Christmas time, this timeless story invokes images of snowy country hillsides, warm fireside songs and idyllic and light-hearted memories of the holidays with family. Make time with your family and experience this radio play that will set imaginations alight and conjure goodwill for all mankind. Nov. 30-Dec. 27. Event details.
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As we begin rehearsals for A CHRISTMAS CAROL––AN AUDIO PLAY, we pause to mourn the passing of actor Bradley Mott, whose warmth and infectious spirit epitomize the values of which Charles Dickens wrote. Brad’s career encompassed roles at every major Chicago theatre and many regional companies, as well as a variety of film and television appearances; his Goodman credits included such landmark productions as Michael Maggio’s Sunday in the Park with George and Robert Falls’ Galileo. But it was his appearances as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Mr. Fezziwig in several editions of A Christmas Carol that are perhaps his most enduring legacy--outsized and hilarious yet sensitive, caring, passionate and wise. Seldom has an actor been better matched with the characters he was playing; both onstage and off, Brad exuded joy, optimism, and an unalloyed love for his “fellow man”––his castmates, his audiences––and finally, his beloved family and friends. Our world is a great deal sadder without Brad’s incomparable presence––but filled with the joyous memories of his life and his work.
A Christmas Carol from The Goodman Theatre
There are always a few versions of Marley’s thought-provoking caper across town during the holidays. One that’s everlasting (and truly tear-jerking) is at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, which was first staged there more than 40 years ago. Due to COVID, A Christmas Carol will be available via free audio streaming. Hear the voices you love and the signature soundscape surrounded by the love of family at home. Virtual performances Dec. 1-31. Event details.
Handel's Messiah Reimagined
If you are missing out on your usual performance of Handel's Messiah this year, you'll want to tune in to this one. Laurence Cummings will lead four star soloists and the London Handel Orchestra who will perform live from St George's, Hanover Square in London's Mayfair - Handel's own church. This is a carefully managed socially-distanced arrangement behind closed doors, with no audience present in keeping with current lockdown regulations in the UK. The choruses have been prepared and pre-recorded by seven choirs, including our 'Sing at Home' chorus of some 150 singers from 16 countries, and will be integrated digitally into the overall performance. The whole event will be livestreamed on Facebook for global audiences to enjoy free, and will be available on YouTube after. Dec. 3, 11 a.m. PT and available after via youtube. Event details.
Listen In to ACT's A Christmas Carol: On Air
For the first time in its 44-year history, American Conservatory Theater’s (A.C.T.) celebrated production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, will come to life as A Christmas Carol: On Air, an enthralling radio play that the whole family can enjoy from the comfort of their home. This spirited and uplifting tale of reckoning and redemption will feature the delightful music, deliciously spooky ghosts, and cast that have made it a cornerstone of the A.C.T. repertory and a holiday tradition for families all around the San Francisco Bay Area. Stream online from Dec. 4-31. Event details.
Elf: The Musical
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Live stream shows on Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 7:30 p.m. CT. Event details.
Music That Connects Us All from the National Philharmonic
Brian Ganz, teacher, musician, lover of all things Chopin, and favorite performer to NatPhil audiences of all ages, inspires with his visceral connection to his performance and his emotional connection to each composition. In his commitment to each piece, Ganz reveals the power of music to bring us all together, reminding us no matter how different we are from each other, we all speak the language of music. Enjoy pieces brought to vivid life by this wonderful entertainer. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Event details.
PNW Ballet: Virtual Nutcracker
You can enjoy the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s favorite holiday tradition from the comfort of home this year. Stream this archival performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® with the unique-to-Seattle scenery and costumes by Ian Falconer and immerse yourself in a candy-filled dreamland. Streaming for Digital Plus ticket holders starts Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 for Digital ticket holders. Event details.
Making Merry, Greatest Hits
Denver's Stories on Stage performs audience favorites during the 20th Anniversary Holiday Celebration, streaming live from the stage! Dec. 13, 1:30 p.m. MT. Event details.
ASO Live! Holiday Classics
The holidays are a time spent with friends and family, both near and far, celebrating togetherness. Enjoy a virtual concert from the Anapolis Symphony Orchestra that will warm your heart on a cold winter's night with holiday favorites and classical selections by Arcangelo Corelli, Johann Strauss, Scott Joplin, and Leroy Anderson, among others. Dec. 18, 8 p.m. ET. Event details.
The Best of Handel's Messiah from the National Philharmonic
Celebrate the holidays with highlights from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, featuring an all-star cast of performers, and led by National Philharmonic Chorale’s artistic director Stan Engebretson. Sing along from home while enjoying all your favorites, including And the Glory of the Lord and the Hallelujah chorus! Dec. 20. 2 p.m. ET. Event details.
[At] Home for the Holidays with San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
SFGMC rings in the holiday season with [At] Home for the Holidays, featuring fan favorites that have made this concert one of San Francisco Bay Area’s annual signature treats! At this all-virtual concert, guests can expect plenty of upbeat, show-stopping numbers, stunningly beautiful choral pieces, and updated, modern takes on old favorites—all done with SFGMC’s trademark humor and flair. Haul out the holly and don your gay apparel for this not-to-be-missed holiday extravaganza! Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Event details.
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This week on #CirqueConnect, enjoy watching our latest behind the curtain of #Mystère. Be a witness to the backstage adventures and stories that make up the foundation of #CirqueduSoleil’s longest running #LasVegas resident show. Click the link in our profile & see you this Friday, October 9th at 3 p.m. ET!
Cirque du Soleil shows offer an escape from the everyday routine and invite into a world of delight and whimsy. While in-person performances aren't a possibility, their CirqueConnect programming gives you access to awe-inspiring show footage and fan-favorite videos. Sit back on the couch and let them transport your family. Available on their website all season long. Event details.