30 Memphis Shows To Kick Off The Holiday Season

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 5th 2019 1608 0

Kick off this year’s holidays with a full schedule of Memphis holiday shows, performances, and concerts. Here are 30 ideas to start off the Memphis Christmas season with fun and good cheer. 

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Nut Remix. Photo provided by New Ballet Ensemble.

New Ballet Ensemble’s Nut Remix at the Cannon Center
November 15 – 17
$20 – $45
Reimagined version of the Nutcracker with ballet, hip hop, flamenco, and African dance, accompanied by the MSO.

Peter Pan at Playhouse on the Square
November 15 – December 29
$27 (discounts for military, seniors, kids)
Beloved children’s story comes alive as a musical in this annual Playhouse holiday tradition.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Cannon Center
November 18
$23 – $69
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker performed by the Moscow Ballet.

Urban Nativity at Hattiloo Theatre
November 22 – December 15
$35 ($30 students, seniors, military)
The story of the nativity retold in a modern, urban setting.

12 Dates of Christmas at Circuit Playhouse
November 29 – December 22
$27 (discounts for students, military, kids)
Comical one-woman show in the Circuit Playhouse’s cocktail lounge, The Memphian Room.

A Season of Song at Holiday Wonders at the Garden
November 29
$18.25 – $23.25
Explore the Botanic Gardens’ Holiday Wonders, then enjoy a family concert from The Paiges with special guest from The Voice, Reagan Strange.

Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets In Concert at The Orpheum
November 30
$39.50 – $77.50
Live score from the second kid-wizard movie, performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra while the film plays in HD.

Dinner On Stage at The Orpheum
December 3
$75
Have dinner on the big stage in a winter-wonderland theme and get inside info on the history of the Orpheum from CEO Brett Batterson. Includes a three-course meal with wine, a tour, and presentation.

A Visible Christmas at the Halloran Centre
December 3
Free
Family-friendly Christmas showcase featuring Visible Music College students, faculty, and alumni.

Christmas show at Lafayette’s. Photo by Logan Young

Handel’s Messiah at Lindenwood Christian Church and Maples Memorial Methodist
December 5-7
$35
Three performances of George Handel’s Christmas masterpiece, featuring Memphis Symphony Orchestra and vocalists. Thursday and Friday shows at Lindenwood; Saturday show at Maples Memorial Methodist Church in Olive Branch.

FM100 Deck The Hall Ball With Rob Thomas at the Orpheum
December 6
$42.50+
Yes, that Rob Thomas. For one night only! Will he play Christmas music? I guess we’ll see.

Cazateatro Presents Tia Pancho, A Christmas Story at Evergreen Theatre
December 6 – 14
$TBA
Cazateatro performs a bilingual adaptation of A Christmas Carol with a Latinx twist.

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Memphis
December 6-23
$35 adults, $15 students, $30 military and seniors
As they say, it’s a “Memphis family holiday tradition for 42 years”. See Scrooge on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis.

Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas
December 7
$35 – 475
Nashville-based Americana duo do Christmas. At time of publication, the show is almost sold out.

A Cup of Tea at Christmas at the Halloran Centre
December 7-8
$15 – $25
A family-friendly theatrical play in four acts.

Iris Orchestra & Zukerman Trio at GPAC
December 7
$45 – $70
Renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman brings the Zukerman Trio to perform with the Iris Orchestra in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

Iris at the Brooks feat. Zukerman Trio at the Brooks Museum
December 8
$60
Intimate version of the above show, accompanied by a Q&A and art exhibition. Open to Iris Orchestra subscribers only.

Photo provided by Ballet Memphis

Ballet Memphis’ Nutcracker at The Orpheum
December 12- 15
$10 – $78+
The classic holiday ballet, with hundreds of dancers, elaborate costumes, and beloved music.

Lucero Family Christmas
December 13
$21 – $23
A midtown Memphis holiday tradition: it’s time for the annual Lucero Family Christmas.

Holiday Concert Weekend at Graceland
December 13 – 14
$85+
A holiday weekend at Elvis’ home with special tours, Home for the Holidays with Elvis concert, Jingle Bell Brunch, and Elvis’ Christmas Peace concert. 

Christmas with CoroRio at the Cannon Center
December 14
$10 – $25
Local chorus’ annual winter concert, featuring CK Dance Theatre and the Hernando High Symphonic Winds.

Angelina Ballerina’s A Very Merry Holiday Musical at Bartlett Performing Arts Center
December 14
$10 kids/$15 adults
A family fun holiday musical about a mouse and her friends.

Germantown Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at GPAC
December 14
$20
New and traditional holiday music from GSO, local choral groups, and an audience sing-along. A Germantown tradition that usually sells out in advance.

Come See The King Christmas Musical
December 14 – 15
free
Faith Baptist Bartlett’s Christmas program featuring their Faith Celebration Choir and Orchestra, student groups, and more.

Hello, Dolly! at The Orpheum
December 17-22
$21 – $96+
It’s not a holiday Broadway show per se, but this classic musical is fun and festive and happening right before Christmas.

Madonna Learning Center’s A Christmas Gift: The Journey at GPAC
December 17-18
$10
Madonna Learning Center students and adults perform a holiday show in honor of the Center’s 50th anniversary.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at FedExForum
December 19
$36 – $76
Get hyped, holiday-style with the big sounds of the TSO.

Southern Soul Christmas Ball at Club Paradise
December 21
$40 – $55
Inaugural live music celebration featuring numerous soul musicians and groups.

Children’s Ballet Theater Nutcracker at GPAC
December 21 – 22
$33
Young dancers from the Children’s Ballet Theater and Tennessee Ballet Theater perform the Nutcracker.

Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular at the Cannon Center
December 21 – 22
$17 – $100
A Mid-South holiday tradition, with the Memphis Symphony, MSO Chorus, and Hattiloo Theatre.

Robert Earl Keen Countdown to Christmas at GPAC
December 28
Fun comedy/variety/musical Christmas show with a space theme.


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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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