Christmas Plays and Shows in LA

Old Favorites, New Twists in Holiday Specials

Matthew Bourne's 'The Nutcracker!' at Royce Hall in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is full of actors, so it's no wonder it celebrates the Christmas season with an abundance of holiday plays and performances. They range from classics performed as written, to classics twisted beyond recognition, to long-running LA originals and homegrown premieres. Whether you're looking for heartwarming holiday favorites or high comedy with a Christmas theme, you'll find it here. Since "The Nutcracker" tops every list for a must-do at Christmastime, included are two versions, both by world-class ballet companies. Check out this list of a sampling of what's playing during the 2017 holiday season and get those tickets before they're gone. 

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    The Pacific Symphony joins the renowned American Ballet Theatre in performances of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Nutcracker" at Segerstrom Center for the Arts from Dec. 7 to Dec. 17. Performance times vary depending on the day. This traditional holiday event is relatively affordable; tickets start at just $29.

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    The world-famous Moscow Ballet will stage its sumptuous version of Tchaikovsky's Russian ballet classic "Nutcracker" at The Wiltern on Dec. 15 and 16, with ticket prices starting at $66.50.

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    The beloved classic "Miracle on 34th Street' will be on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse from Dec. 14 to Dec. 23. But there is a twist: This is a live stage production of the original Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story from the 1940s. You can get a seat for as little as $25.

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    This spectacular Christmas variety show with the Young Americans features magnificent sets, costumes, dancing and singing performed by more than 250 cast members. It's on state at La Miranda Theatre from Dec. 7 to Dec. 17, and tickets are $29 to $60.

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    Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas roam the stage at South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom's stage in the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" from Nov. 24 to Dec. 24. This year marks South Coast Repertory's 38th annual production of this can't-be-missed part of the holiday season.

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    This musical based on the movie "A Christmas Story" graces the stage at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center from Nov. 18 to Dec. 23. Tickets are $25 for adults, with a $3 discount for students and people over 60, and $18 for kids 12 and under. 

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    You really are only dreaming of a white Christmas in Los Angeles, but you can experience this legendary holiday musical by Irving Berlin for real at Pechanga Resort Casino from Dec. 14 through Dec. 17. Tickets start at $65.

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    For many, it just wouldn't be Christmas without catching a performance of Mannheim Steamroller. Fox Performing Arts Center is doing the honors in 2017 for one show only, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15. You can make it an extra-special occasion by upgrading to the Private VP Lounge, where you'll get complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a private bar, and maybe best of all, private restrooms.

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    Patrick Censoplano embodies NPR's David Sedaris this year in the hilarious one-man show that explores what happens when an unemployed 33-year-old writer begrudgingly takes the only job he has the qualifications for ... working as an Elf at the famous Macy's Santaland in New York City. Get ready for some holiday humor at this production at Santa Monica Playhouse from Dec. 1 to Dec. 17. Tickets are $29.50.

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     "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues " might sound like it's for kids, but that would be wrong. Very wrong. This show at the Chance Theater is a dark comedy, with off-color language and adult themes, even if Santa and Mrs. Claus and all the famous reindeer do show up. If you're up for a decidedly non-traditional side of Christmas, this could be just what you're looking for. It's on stage from Dec. 8 to Dec. 23 and has a different cast every night.