Phoenix Holiday Concerts and Shows 2017

Plays, Concerts, Choirs, and Orchestras in Metro Phoenix

If you're planning to travel to the Greater Phoenix area this December and are looking for some great holiday concerts, shows, and theatrical performances to put you in the Christmas mood, you're in luck. Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding area have tons of special holiday offerings this time of year, you just have to know the right places to look.

Whether you're in the mood for holiday jazz, ballet, traditional plays, or unusual Christmas shows, you'll find them all in Arizona this holiday season, making for the perfect afternoon or evening activity for adults and children alike.

If you'd rather attend a special holiday event or festival instead, consider checking out our guide "Holiday Festivals and Activities in Phoenix," or if you'd rather check out some dazzling Christmas light displays, explore our "Phoenix Holiday Lights" guide. There are also a number of opportunities to get your photos with Santa or grab a last-minute holiday gift at...MORE area malls, but for a comprehensive list of all there is to do in Phoenix for the holiday season, head over to our "Complete Greater Phoenix Guide to the Holidays."

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    ••• Courtesy Fountain Hills Theater

    For a completely different take on the Charles Dickens classic, head over to the Fountain Hills Theater in Fountain Hills for "A Christmas Carol, The Musical," which shares the stage this year with "Inspecting Carol," a musical about rehearsing for a production of the main show. Both of these shows are sure to delight, so if you happen to be in town for two consecutive days, it's worth it to see both! Performances run November 30 through December 24 with each show alternating performance days.

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    If you're looking for a more traditional version of the Dicken's show, Childsplay, the nationally-accredited children's theatre at Tempe Center for the Arts, offers weekend performances of "A Christmas Carol" on select dates between December 1 and 24.

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    For a slightly more adult version of the classic Dickens' tale, head over to the  Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert on select dates November 30 through December 23, 2017. This will be the 15th year that the Hale Theatre brings Dicken's Ebenezer Scrooge to life, a local favorite tradition for the holiday season.

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    ••• Courtesy Space 55

    "A Bloody Mary Christmas" is the perennial holiday musical for people who hate the holidays and musicals. In it, Sun City retirees Blanche, Bertha and Mabel sing, dance, and drink themselves silly as they battle a heartless homeowner's association that tries to evict them from their condo on Christmas Eve. This show is NOT suitable for children, but dates run between November 24 and December 30, 2017, at Space 55's new location in Phoenix.

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    Along with a full schedule of major Broadway touring productions, the  Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria also features a special Christmas production for children each year. In 2017, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" comes to the stage on various dates between December 8 and 28 with special "field trip" performances as weekday matinees.

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    The ASU choirs join the ASU Symphony Orchestra for a program of seasonal favorites, including selections from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and Vaughan Williams "Fantasia on Christmas Carols." This year, the event takes place December 2, but if you miss it, you can also check out an annual holiday concert over the weekend of December 9.

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    This year's holiday offering from the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra is a special rendition of the classic "Nutcracker" suite, "A Cirque Nutcracker With Troupe Virtego." Pairing up with the titular world-renowned Cirque troupe, the Phoenix Symphony sheds new light on an old favorite from December 15 through 24 at the Mesa Arts Center.


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    Experience the world premiere of an exciting new holiday play all about the young elves who are training to be Santa's next helpers in his workshop. "Elf Academy" comes to the Brelby Theatre in Glendale on select dates between December 1 through 23.

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    Black Nativity
    ••• Black Nativity. Black Theatre Troupe

    "Black Nativity" by Langston Hughes is a song-play about a boy who runs away from estranged relatives to try to find his mother on Christmas and discovers a deeper, spiritual meaning to the holiday season. With hints of gospel, blues, jazz, and funk, this is a Christmas show unlike any other. Dates for performances run from December 1 through 17.

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    Valley Youth Theatre: "A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail"

    ••• Courtesy Valley Youth Theatre

    Presented by Valley Youth Theatre, this Phoenix holiday tradition has been delighting Valley families since 1995. Join Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and all their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood for a musical celebration of seasonal sharing and caring on select dates from December 1 through 23 at the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix.

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    "Christmas Pudding" brings together some of the finest musicians, dancers, and comedians in today’s entertainment world to create a magical evening of music, comedy, dance, and a bit of mayhem for this annual tradition at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. This year, the 16th annual event takes place on December 9.

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    Snow Queen
    ••• Tim Fuller, Courtesy Center Dance Ensemble

    Center Dance Ensemble presents their annual holiday production on Stage West at the  Herberger Theater Center in Downtown Phoenix on select dates between December 2 and 17. This dance performance transports audiences to a magical, winter wonderland in an interprative retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's "Snow Queen."

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    ••• Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix

    Featuring traditional and contemporary holiday songs along with an audience sing-a-long of everyone’s favorite Christmas carols, the Orpheus Male Chorus will be making appearances in Mesa, Paradise Valley, and Sun City this December 5, 10, and 12.

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    Now in its 12th season, this family-friendly performance features Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes, and Irish dancing while photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Take a glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas at the  MIM Music Theater in North Phoenix.

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    Phoenix Boys Choir Holiday Concert
    ••• Phoenix Boys Choir Holiday Concert. Courtesy Phoenix Boys Choir

    This season, the Phoenix Boys Choir will perform holiday music at various venues across the Valley as part of their annual Christmas concert series. This year, uplifting and inspiring selections, certain to entertain and delight audiences of all ages complete the "Halle Holidays" show, sponsored by the Halle Foundation. Performance dates take place between December 8 and 14 in 2017.

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    Tempe Symphony Orchestra, made up of volunteer performers and owned and operated by the City of Tempe Library & Cultural Services Division, brings back its annual holiday concert for one night only this December 27 at the Tempe Center for Performing Arts. Featuring classic and modern Christmas tunes, this display of local talent is certainly worth the trip if you're still in the holiday mood after Christmas Day.

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    Music Director Tito Muñoz
    ••• Music Director Tito Muñoz. Courtesy Phoenix Symphony

    Featuring The Phoenix Symphony's Music Director Tito Muñoz as he leads the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition, the Phoenix Symphony and Chorus will perform Handel’s "Messiah" in select churches and venues across the Valley. Performances run from December 6 through 10, but be sure to check out the official website to see where they'll be and when.

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    ••• Courtesy Ballet Arizona

    Follow Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a thrilling adventure in this Ballet Arizona performance of "The Nutcracker" featuring live music of the Phoenix Symphony at the ​Symphony Hall in Phoenix on select dates from December 8 through 24.

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    Sister's Christmas Catechism
    ••• Sister's Christmas Catechism. Courtesy Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

    Sister, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun, teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever—who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus? Using the latest forensic technology and her uncanny ability to detect guilt, Sister creates an unforgettable living Nativity with her students to expose the culprit. Part of the "Late Nite Catechism" comedies, each performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths. Performances take place at the ​​Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on select dates from December ​8 through 17.

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    On Saturday, December 9, the Symphony of the Southwest returns to the Mesa Arts Center to perform a festive concert of traditional holiday music featuring the Chandler-Gilbert Community Choir directed by Marc Denton. The holiday concert features favorite tunes like Holst's "Christmas Day," Wilberg's "Angels We Have Heard on High," and Berlin's "White Christmas."

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    Sonoran Desert Chorale
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    The Sonoran Desert Chorale translates feelings of hope and joy into songs accompanied by brass, percussion, and two of the mightiest organs in the Valley for their annual "Desert Voices of Christmas" holiday show.  Continuing with the exploration of the music of Ireland and the British Isles, they will sing many pieces steeped in this tradition with beautiful lyrics presented by a rich blend of 60 voices. Performances take place in Mesa and Scottsdale December 9 and 10.

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    The Duttons are a real family of singers, dancers, and musicians that are guaranteed to please all ages. After qualifying for the finals on the NBC hit show "America's Got Talent" in 2016, the Duttons' career has taken wing, and this year the Duttons return to Mesa for performances of holiday classics and family favorites from December 10 through 21.

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    Brian Setzer
    ••• Brian Setzer. Terry Wyatt / Getty Images

    Three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 18-piece orchestra will feature music from his best-selling holiday albums at the ​Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix for one night only: Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m.

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    Christmas Concert
    ••• Christmas Concert. Courtesy Phoenix Chorale

    Phoenix Chorale presents a Christmas program filled with unique arrangements of holiday classics. This year’s Chorale Christmas will also feature familiar favorites like “Huron Carol" and "Winter Wonderland." Performances take place at various venues in Phoenix and Sun City from December 15 through 19.

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    A Merri-Achi Christmas
    ••• A Merri-Achi Christmas. Courtesy Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

    The Platinum®-selling Sol de Mexico is the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy Award. Their original rhythms, fresh sounds, and inspiring ideas have energized the world of mariachi for more than 30 years. This special performance, on December 16 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, includes treasured holiday favorites and selections from the mariachi songbook.

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    The only "Nutcracker Ballet" performed by young dancers age 3 to 22, the Ahwatukee Foothills' production features a special appearance by Santa Claus following the 2 p.m. performances on both December 16 and 17 at the Desert Vista Fine Art Theatre.