Holiday Shows & Performances 2022

Nothing beats being part of a live audience in a live show! This holiday season, enjoy classics like A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker or try something different like Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas or The Wonderful Winter of Oz!


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A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory
Costa Mesa | Nov 26 – Dec 24


Orange County’s favorite yuletide tradition continues! From the first “Bah humbug” to the final “Wassail,” this timeless classic is sure to rekindle your holiday spirit. Join all your favorite Dickens characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and of course, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed by SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle. Ages 6 and up.

Bob Baker’s Nutcracker
Los Angeles | Nov 26 – Jan 8

Enjoy a marionette adaptation of the ballet classic. This show features handcrafted marionettes, including all the characters from the beloved story: Clara and the Nutcracker, the Sugarplum Fairy, the Mouse King, and many more. After the show, guests are treated to ice cream!

Pirates Take Christmas at Pirates Dinner Adventure
Buena Park | Nov 29 – Jan 1

This holiday season, help cheer on Santa to Save Christmas! Scoundrel pirates have captured Santa and Mrs. Claus threatening an end to the holiday season and disappointing all of the good girls and boys of the world. This yuletide adventure combines audience participation, heart-pounding action and the spirit of the season; along with a hearty 3-course Feast.

A Christmas Carol at Rose Center Theater
Westminster | Dec 2-18

See Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story.

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Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures
Los Angeles | Dec 8-11
Anaheim | Dec 15-19
Ontario | Dec 22-26
Long Beach | Dec 29 – Jan 2


Get swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade, join the adventures of Anna and Elsa, play at a larger-than-life carnival with the Toy Story gang, set off on a safari with Simba, and explore the London skyline with Mary Poppins. Enhance your show ticket with a pre-show Character Experience that includes dance party, crafting, and interactive time with Moana.

Star of Night at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa | Thursday, Dec 8

Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras proudly presents Star of Night. Featuring a stunning musical force of hundreds of musicians, including the remarkable Youth Choirs, the elegant Grand Chorus, and the superb Symphony Orchestra, this concert will bring the magic of Christmas to your heart and inspire your soul.

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The Wonderful Winter of Oz at Laguna Playhouse
Laguna Beach | Dec 8-29


Lythgoe Family Panto invites you on a new adventure to the enchanted land of Oz in their fantastically festive and fun production. Based on the British tradition of pantomime, where the audiences’ participation is part of the show, expect a hilarious, heartwarming evening full of song, dance and holiday merriment!

The classic American tale gets a holiday makeover as Dorothy is spirited away by a blizzard on Christmas Eve and finds herself in a strange and wondrous land full of witches, munchkins and more.

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American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
Dec 9-18


SoCal’s favorite holiday tradition returns with American Ballet Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. This dazzling holiday treat features over 100 superstar dancers along with gorgeous sets and costumes and Pacific Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

A Christmas Carol at Long Beach Playhouse
Long Beach | Dec 9-18

Enjoy this quick-paced, highly theatrical re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale.

The Magic of Christmas: A Season of Light
La Mirada Theatre | Dec 9-18

The Young Americans star in this spectacular Christmas show. This year’s show highlights favorite Christmas traditions, including Diwali, Hanukkah, Lunar New Year, and more.

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas
Chance Theater, Anaheim | Dec 9-23

This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

California Ballet Theater & Prynstev Ballet Nutcracker
Forum Theater, Laguna Beach | Dec 10-11

Celebrate this holiday experience set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score presented by California Ballet Theater and Prynstev Ballet Academy.

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Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Dec 10-24


Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands.


The Long Beach Nutcracker
Long Beach | Dec 16-23

The Los Angeles Times proclaimed, “Crammed with special effects, the familiar Long Beach Ballet version of The Nutcracker has nearly everything money can buy. For opulent, family-oriented, entertainment — seek no further.”


Winter Lights at Discovery Cube OC
Santa Ana | Dec 16 – Jan 8

An all-new holiday musical spectacular comes to Discovery Cube OC. Through a bit of magic and holiday spirit, Lumina realizes the importance of the scientific process, accepting failure, leading from her heart, and the support of community and family. Will her experiment work in time for the big Science Fair?

Coast City Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Huntington Beach | Dec 17-18

Experience the magic of dance at Coast City Ballet’s annual production of this famed holiday favorite at Huntington Beach HS Historic Theater.

Tis the Season with Pacific Chorale
Costa Mesa | Dec 18-19

Pacific Chorale presents its annual extravaganza! “Tis the Season” offers a selection of holiday favorites seasoned with delightful surprises in a concert the entire family can enjoy. 

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Nutcracker & Mini Ballet Class at Pacific City
Huntington Beach | Dec 20

Children and families are invited to join a special holiday story time and wear their finest ballet or nutcracker costume. During the event, there will be a demonstration of Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker ballet, and children will be able to participate in a mini ballet class alongside professional ballerinas. Pre-registration required.

Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico
Chapman University, Orange | Dec 21-22

Focusing on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), this spectacular concert features a dazzling cast of musicians and dancers presenting traditions, costumes, and customs that people in Mexico celebrate during the festive season.

Fiesta Navidad at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa | Friday, Dec 23

One of Orange County’s most beloved holiday events, Fiesta Navidad, features the Grammy Award®-winning Mariachi Los Camperos in a concert filled with festive music and dance. This celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is a perfect for the whole family.

Looking for even more shows! Check out our calendar of performances happening this month including Winnie the Pooh Musical, Peppa Pig Live, and lots more!

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This post was written by Alina Na

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