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Holiday shows are a beloved tradition for many, not least for theater companies’ accountants. In preparing a guide to local holiday shows—primarily theatrical performances—we’re making a list and checking it twice. Here’s our list so far, with links to past reviews so you can find out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. We’re looking for your input in two ways:

  • What are we missing? Let us know what holiday shows aren’t on this list.
  • What are your favorite holiday shows? Share your memories, and we’ll include some of them in our feature.

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Nativity pageants

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, SteppingStone Theatre

Black Nativity: A Season for Change, Penumbra

Holiday Pageant, Open Eye Figure Theatre

La Natividad, In the Heart of the Beast


Christmas Carols

A Christmas Carol, Guthrie Theater

A Christmas Carol, Orpheum Theatre

A Christmas Carol: The Golden Girls Remix, Theatre Arlo

A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol, Hennepin Stages

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Park Square Theatre



The Classic Nutcracker, Ballet Minnesota

Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy, Minnesota Dance Theatre

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Orpheum Theatre

The Nutcracker (Not So) Suite, Ballet of the Dolls

The Nutcracker According to Mother Goose, Zenon Dance Company


Santa/elf shows

Another Night Before Christmas, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

The Elves and the Shoemaker, Youth Performance Company

Fat Man Crying, Joking Envelope

S. Gunter Klaus and the Story Before, Jon Ferguson Theater and John Heimbuch

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Stages Theatre Company


Other holiday shows

Amahl and the Night Visitors, James Sewell Ballet

Brett Favre’s Christmas Spectacular: The Immaculate Interception, Brave New Workshop

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, Minnesota Jewish Theatre

Indian Blood, Theatre in the Round

Miracle on Christmas Lake, Yellow Tree Theatre

Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts


December shows that have nothing to do with the holidays

British Television Advertising Award winners, Walker Art Center

Cinderella, Children’s Theatre Company

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Hansel and Gretel, Old Log Theater

The Seafarer, Jungle Theater

Sisters of Swing, History Theatre