Christmas Plays and Shows in LA 2016

Classic and Original Holiday Productions

Bob's Holiday Office Party
••• Bob's Holiday Office Party. Photo by Michelle Pedersen courtesy of Bob's Holiday Office Party

Los Angeles is full of actors, so it's no wonder we celebrate the Christmas season with a plethora of holiday plays and performances. They range from classics performed as written to classics twisted beyond recognition to long-running LA originals and home-grown world premieres. Whether you're looking for heartwarming nativity stories or bawdy cross-dressing camp, you'll find it here. Support theatre in LA by paying full price if you can.

If you can't, links to discount tickets are provided where available. The holiday shows are listed here by Family-targeted, General Audience, and Adult Content and within those categories chronologically based on opening date.

Note: This list does not include all the human productions of The Nutcracker in LA, or Christmas Caroling Shows and Sing-Alongs, and which are listed separately.

ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES

Bob Baker's The Nutcracker
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater puts on an annual seasonal puppet show in Downtown LA. This year the classic, The Nutcracker, is danced by marionettes.
When: Nov 23, 2016 - January 15, 2017
Where: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, California 90026
Cost: $20
Info: www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com
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Elf The Musical
A stage version of the movie. An orphan child raised at the North Pole sets out to find his birth parents in New York City.


When: Dec 21, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017
Where: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert HallSegerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cost: $39-99
Info: www.scfta.org

A Very Electric Christmas with Lightwire Theatre
A dazzling holiday dance spectacle with performers outlined in light presenting an original story of a bird that gets blown off course and ends up at the north pole, danced totally in the dark.


When: Nov 26, 2016, 7:30 pm
Where: City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92806
Cost: $29.50-42.50 discount tickets
Parking: $12, cash only
Info:  www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com

A Cinderella Christmas
The star-studded musical is led by Lauren Taylor as Cinderella (Disney Channel’s “Best Friends Whenever,” Netflix’s “Richie Rich”), Alex Newell as “The Fairy Godperson” (Fox’s “Glee,” HBO’s “Vinyl,” Opener for Adam Lambert’s “Original High” tour), Morgan Fairchild (NBC’s “Flamingo Road,” CBS’s “Falcon Crest”) as the Wicked Stepmother and more familiar faces from TV. Produced in the style of a classic British Yuletide panto, A Cinderella Christmas is a singing and soaring winter adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), interaction with the audience and contemporary music. 10 Golden Tickets ($75 supplement) are available for each performance that give your child (4-12) an on-stage sing-along experience during the show, a gift bag, poster and Santa photo. One hour before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy holiday activities in “Winter Wonderland” located at The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard.


When: Dec 8, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017
Where: The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
Cost: $25-125, Discount Tickets, Golden Ticket, $65 in addition to regular ticket.
Info: www.pasadenaplayhouse.org

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment brings favorite Disney - Pixar characters from Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and Frozen to four venues in the LA area. Playing in Long BeachDowntown LA, Anaheim, and Ontario.
When: Dec 16-18, 2016 Staples Center; Dec 22-24 in Anaheim, Dec 29, 2016-Jan 1, 2017 in Long Beach,  Jan 5-8, 2017 in Ontario 
Where: Long Beach Arena, Staples Center, Honda Center of Anaheim and Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario
Cost: $27-34, Check Goldstar.com for discount tickets.
Info: Tickets

The Young Americans: The Magic of Christmas
A spectacular Christmas variety show featuring magnificent sets, costumes, dancing and singing performed by over 300 members from 37 states.


When: December 9-18, 2016
Where: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada, CA 90638
Cost: $16-57, discount tickets
Info: www.lamiradatheatre.com

Nativity! The Musical
Music from show tunes to the Beatles and Michael Jackson to Hip Hop to Rocky Horror fills Nativity! The Musical an annual family-friendly vaudevillian take on the holy birth presented by the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Burbank. What it lacks in pro talent it makes up for in enthusiasm.
When: Dec 15-18, 2016
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 542 N. Buena Vista St, Burbank, CA 91505
Cost: $10, $7 students with ID
Info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2676484

FOR GENERAL AUDIENCES

A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes
A black comedy that gives a play by play of an exceptionally dysfunctional family Thanksgiving dinner.
When: Nov 10 - Dec 17, 2016
Where: The Belfry Stage, Upstairs @ The Crown,  11031 Camarillo St, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Cost: $25, $20 students and seniors, Discount Tickets
Info: www.theatreofnote.com

A Very Special Holiday Special
"From a talking Christmas tree, Grandma’s visit to the babe in the manger, the sons of Israel watching a flame, and Les Miz — elf-style — a holiday evening full of theatrical stocking stuffers" from playwright Mark Harvey Levine.  
When: Nov. 11, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016
Where: Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St, San Pedro, CA 90731 
Cost: $27 GA, $25 senior, $45 Whale & Ale Dinner/Theatre
Parking: Free lot, street
Info: www.littlefishtheatre.org

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa reprises their annual tradition, adapted by Jerry Patch.
When: Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2016
Where: Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cost: $28-72
Parking: $10
Info: www.scr.org
Note: Ages 6 and up

Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
This tale, by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, "tells the story of the fairies, wood nymphs, and forest creatures who saved the life of an abandoned human baby, who then grew up to be the immortal Santa Claus. It’s filled with music, dancing, and magical creatures…some good and some very bad." This original kid-friendly stage adaptation was written by Jo McLachlan, with original music by Edmund Velasco.
When: Nov 25 - Dec 11, 2016
Where: Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
Cost: $22.50, $12.50 students
Parking: street parking.
Info: www.lbshakespeare.org

Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Pantages Theatre
A musical play based on the classic holiday movie about a song and dance team putting on a show at a Vermont Inn.
When: Nov 29 - Dec 4, 2016
Where:  Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Cost: $45-175, Discount Tickets
Info: hollywoodpantages.com

A Christmas Carol at Santa Monica Rep
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa reprises their annual tradition, adapted by Jerry Patch.
When: Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2016
Where: The Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Cost: $25-35; $20 previews, students and seniors; $10 for kids 8-12; not recommended for kids under 8; Discount Tickets
Info: www.santamonicarep.org

A Christmas Carol at GTC
Grove Theatre Center Artistic Director Kevin Cochran directs his own adaptation of Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol in only Dickens' original words using only three actors.
When: Dec 2-18, 2016
Where: Grove Theatre Center, 1111-b West Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506
Cost: $34.50, discount for Burbank residents and seniors/students, Discount Tickets
Info: gtc.org

Elf the Musical, Jr.
A modern holiday classic based on the movie about an orphan child who stumbles into Santa's bag and ends up being raised among the elves at the North Pole.
When: Dec 2-18, 2016
Where: The Grove Theatre, 276 E. 9th Street Upland, CA 91786  
Cost: $20, $15 kids
Parking: Lot across the street
Info: www.grovetheatre.com

The Orphan Who Saved Christmas
A world premiere comedy..
When: Dec 9-18, 2016 
Where: Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center, 11006 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601  
Cost: $20
Parking: Lot across the street
Info: www.defiancetheatrecompany.com

A Christmas Carol at A Noise Within
A Noise Within Theatre Company's own adaptation of the holiday classic.
When: Dec 2-23, 2016
Where: A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
Cost: Single Tickets $25-64; Student Rush with i.d. an hour before performance $20.00, Discount Tickets
Info: www.anoisewithin.org
Note: Ages 6 and up

It's a Wonderful Life- The Radio Play
In this play within a play, you witness the cast of a New York radio play version of the story getting ready to perform the story on the radio in the middle of a blizzard. So it's not just a staged radio play, it's a play about a staged radio play.
When: Dec 9-23, 2016
Where: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave Simi Valley, CA 93065
Cost: $24 adults, $20 students/seniors 60+, $18 children, Discount Tickets
Info: www.simi-arts.org

A Christmas Carol at Long Beach Playhouse
A quick-paced staging of the holiday classic in the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre.
When: Dec 8-18, 2016
Where: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804
Cost: $24-27, half-price preview Dec 9, Discount Tickets
Parking: Free lot and street
Info: www.lbplayhouse.org

Hard Candy Christmas
A festival of short plays and music celebrating the ups and downs of the most wonderful time of the year.
When: Dec 3-4, 2016
Where: Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse of Woodland Hills, Harter Hall, 21338 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Cost: $25
Info: cshplayhouse.wix.com/the-cshp

A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens
Using Dickens' original script for doing a solo reading of his story, actor David Melville recreates the experience of hearing the author read his own words in this one-man show. 
When: Dec 8-18, 2016
Where: Independent Shakespeare Co Studio, Atwater Crossing, 3191 Casitas Avenue, No. 168 Los Angeles, CA 90039
Cost: $20
Info: www.iscla.org/studio/

Krampus Play with Film and Performances
This ancient alpine "Nikolausspiel" or Nicholas Play is a folk theater production somewhat resembling England's old Christmas mummers' plays. It is an adaptation of an original English translation provided by Krampus Los Angeles. These plays, date back to the 16th century, and annual performances only survive in a few Alpine towns. This one will be performed in an old Gothic church in Pasadena. "Our Los Angeles production combines only the most attractive and amusing scenes involving the Krampus, Lucifer, butchered children, and the inexorable power of Death, all represented in bouncy rhyme." The St. Nicholas you'll meet in the play is the stern judge who oversaw a creaky old style of child-rearing the Germans call "gingerbread and whip." (I wasn't sure what section to put this one it. It could ruin the Santa story for any kids who believe.) Preceding the play, they're  presenting a preview of Krampus documentary,TUIFL ("Devil").  Filmmaker HANNAH JAKUBOWSkA will be in town to introduce the film. 
When: Dec 11, 2016, 6 pm & 9 pm
Where: Church of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena, CA 91105
Cost: $20
Info: Early Show, Late Show

A Christmas Carol Radio Show
Long Beach Shakespeare Company will present the radio version of the holiday classic, where actors perform standing at microphones with no blocking, complete with sound effects.
When: Dec 16-18, 2016
Where: Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
Cost: $10
Parking: street parking.
Info: www.lbshakespeare.org

The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone
Rockwell: Table and Stage presents a campy musical parody of the 90's holiday film, Home Alone.
When: Dec 1-30, 2016
Where: Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost: $22-49, Discount Tickets
Info: rockwell-la.com

A Christmas Journey, A Musical Experience
Journey of Faith Church presents a musical version of the Christmas story on stage at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
When: Dec 17-19, 2016
Where: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (at Aviation Blvd.), Redondo Beach, CA
Cost: Free, on a first come basis beginning 1 hour before performances.
Info: www.redondo.org/cals/rbpac.asp

FOR GROWN UPS

GUIDE PICK: Bob's Holiday Office Party
An irreverent LA tradition now in its 16th season. Current affairs keep this quirky office party in a Nebraska insurance office fresh.
When: Dec 1-18, 2016
Where:  Atwater Village Theater, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (accessible via Fletcher Drive, and from Glendale Boulevard via La Clede Ave. and Tyburn St.)
Cost: $20 Earlybird, $30 GA, $34.99 VIP seating, check Goldstar.com for discount tickets
Parking: free parking in the Atwater Crossing lot and along Casitas Avenue
Info: www.bobsofficeparty.com
Read Guide Review.

The Eight Reindeer Monologues
"We just couldn’t shut them up…. so for the 12th straight year, accusations, rumors and all-out attacks are (still) flying fast and furious around the toyshop. Hear the truth straight from the reindeer who know Santa best. When a doe says “No” she means “No.” This show contains foul-mouthed reindeer and very inappropriate adult humor! Definitely no kids or anyone who doesn’t want to see the dark side of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and everything at the North Pole!"
When: Dec 8-23, 2016, 11 pm
Where: 15522 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
Cost: $35
Infochancetheater.com, (714) 777-3033

The Santaland Diaries - Starring Patrick Censoplano
Patrick Censoplano embodies David Sedaris this year in the one-man show which explores what happens when an unemployed 33 year old man, begrudgingly takes the only job he has the qualifications for...working as an Elf at the famous Macy's Santaland in New York City.
When: Dec 1-18, 2016
Where: The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA  90401 
Cost: $29.50, check Goldstar.com for discount tickets.
Info: www.santamonicaplayhouse.com

A Very DIE HARD Christmas
A stage parody of the holiday action movie with violence, strong language, audience interaction and jazz hands.
When: Dec 1-18, 2016
Where: Theatre of Note, 1517 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cost: $20, Discount Tickets
Info: www.santamonicaplayhouse.com

Santasia - A Holiday Comedy
A multimedia romp from ImprovOlympic brothers Shaun and Brandon Loeser with singing, dancing, sketch comedy, claymation and cross-dressing.
When: Dec 2-25, 2016
Where: The Whitefire Theate, 13500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Cost: $27 online, $40 at the door
Info: www.santasia.com

The Fruitcake Follies at the Cavern Club
A campy cabaret show fit for the 70s at the Cavern Theater under Casita Del Campo restaurant in Silverlake.
When: Dec 7-18, 2016
Where: Cavern Club Theater at Casitas Del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost: $30
Info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2712946 

You can find discounted tickets to many of these and other holiday performances added after U published this page at goldstar.com, Plays411.net or LAStageTix.com

This information was accurate at time of publication. Please check the production websites for any last minute changes.

More Holiday Programs:
The Nutcracker around LA
Christmas Concerts and Caroling in LA
The LA County Holiday Celebration