Holiday Performances

Bring in the holiday season by enjoying live holiday performances. Watch the ballets perform the holiday classics  "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol" or attend a concert with chorales, orchestras and award winning singers. 'Tis the Season.

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There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at great holiday Parades, Festivals and Events, Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

The Nutcracker - Ballet Theatre of Maryland Photo By: Nick Eckert

1 The Nutcracker - Bowie Center for Performing Arts

November 25-26, 2017
The Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents The Nutcracker, the most famous Christmas Party of all time. Discover the possibility of dreams and the magic of Christmas through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets.


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Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
Bowie, MD 20715
410-224-5644


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Appalachian Holiday Concert poster Photo By: Choral Arts Society of Frederick

2 Appalachian Holiday Concert

December 1 & 2, 2017

The Choral Arts Society offers seasonal music set to the tones of an Appalachian accompaniment.  Mark Edwards and guest musicians from the Common Ground Festival are featured. So tap your toes to bass, fiddle and choir, and share the beauty of this cultural heritage.
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3 Easton Choral Arts to Sing Britten's Ceremony of Carols

Dec. 1 & 3, 2017

Easton Choral Arts Society continues its celebratory 40th season with Benjamin Britten’s immensely popular A Ceremony of Carols, along with favorite songs of the season.


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Location:
Christ Church Easton
Easton, MD 21601
410-200-0498


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4 A Christmas Story

Dec. 1, 2017 - Dec. 23, 2017

A funny and heartfelt Christmas play based on the classic 1983 movie. Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Actions 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.

 


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Location:
31 West Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
301-694-4744


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Annie Moses band group photo

5 CES at Frostburg State University presents Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

Dec. 2, 2017

The Emmy-winning folk band presents a spirited performance of holiday favorites such as “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” “Deck the Halls” and “O Holy Night.”


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Frostburg State University, Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall
Frostburg, MD 21532
301-687-3137


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Angels playing horns

6 Vivaldi's The Red Priest's Gloria

Dec. 2, 2017

An annual tradition that brings holiday cheer and joy, the Chesapeake Chorale's 37th season performs "The Red Priest's Gloria", a reference to Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria paired with heartwarming traditional Christmas carols  The holiday program is always a very popular concert so be sure to make plans as soon as possible and order tickets early.


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Location:
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
Crofton, MD 21114
410-793-6881


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Actors from Holiday Tales

7 Holiday Tales present by Arts on Stage

Dec. 4, 2017

A collection of Holiday Tales from different cultures united by the theme of generosity of spirit the season brings.


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Location:
Goucher College
Baltimore, MD 21204
410-252-8717


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Chesapeake Shakespear Company Christmas Carol

8 A Christmas Carol - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Select Dates: Dec. 7, 2017 - Dec. 23, 2017

THE Baltimore Christmas tradition. A delightfully original adaptation of the Christmas classic is a celebration of Chesapeake culture and history, in story and song.


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Location:
7 South Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-244-8571


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Joyeux Noel

9 Joyeux Noël

Dec, 9, 2017

Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Presents Joyeux Noël!, Featuring Jacqueline Poullaf, harpist, recently premiering at Carnegie Hall in New York.


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Holloway Hall Auditorium at Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD 21801
410-543-8366


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Encore Creativity Group on stage

10 Merry Let Your Spirit Be - Prince Frederick

Dec. 9, 2017

Encore Creativity showcases Choral Concerts comprised of older adults.  The group shines again during their holiday season.  Concerts are free and open to the public.


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Location:
90 Church St
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
301-261-5747


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Eric Byrd Trio

11 A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Eric Byrd Trio

Dec. 10, 2017

The Eric Byrd Trio returns to celebrate the music from the Peanuts’ A Charlie Brown Christmas show. By bringing fresh arrangements to these familiar songs, everyone gets in the holiday mood.


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Location:
Montpelier Arts Center
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7800


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Annapolis Christmas Show logo

12 An Annapolis Christmas

Dec. 11 - 12, 2017

Inspired by the popular holiday album, "An Annapolis Christmas" of 19 years ago, this is now an annual tradition for many music lovers. Proceeds from support the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, Inc.


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Location:
33 West St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-4545


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Mark G. Meadows Photo By: Mark G. Meadows

13 Cool Yule with Mark G. Meadows

Dec. 15, 2017

For an evening of holiday cool, Mark G. Meadows, acclaimed jazz composer, pianist and vocalist creates music that breaks through social barriers.  For the holidays, he brings the favorites and originals, all infused with meaning that speaks to the season.

Kentlands Mansion
Gaithersburg


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Location:
Arts Barn
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-258-6394


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the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Annapolis Youth Chorus and Maestro J. Ernest Green Photo By: Live Arts Maryland

14 Handel's Messiah with the Annapolis Chorale

Dec. 15 - 16 - 17, 2017
You walk up Main Street from City Dock in the chilly evening air, enter the doors of the most historic church in town, and are immediately surrounded by warm candlelight and the glorious sounds of Handel’s Messiah.  There’s nothing like these Messiah performances in this beautiful and historic space in the heart of Annapolis on Church Circle.

St. Anne's Church,
Church Circle
Annapolis

 


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Location:
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-263-1906


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Family Holiday Concert logo

15 Family Holiday Concert with the Columbia Orchestra

Dec. 16, 2017

Enjoy the marvelous sounds of the holiday season: Christmas carols, Hannukah songs, highlights from The Nutcracker with our friends from Dance Connections, and other family-friendly favorites.


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Location:
5460 Trumpeter Road
Columbia, MD 21044
410-465-8777


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Divas deck the Halls

16 Divas Deck the Halls

Dec. 17, 2017

The holidays come to life during an afternoon of carols, yuletide songs, and festive fa, la, la, la, la la la la la tunes, performed by Washington National Opera sopranos.


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Location:
Montpelier Arts Center
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7800


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17 Barbara Ingram School For the Arts Holiday Spectacular

Dec. 20-21, 2017

This is an event that the whole family will enjoy. Diverse talent sing, dance, and tell stories that go to the heart of what the season really means.  Back for the 7th year.


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Location:
21-27 S Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
240-217-4052


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The Nutcracker Photo By: Ballet Theatre of Maryland

18 Ballet Theatre of Maryland Presents "The Nutcracker"

Nov. and Dec. 2017
Battle the Rat Queen and her minions and help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen’s spell as you share in her enchanted adventure through the Land of the Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets where she receives the magical wand that can make all her dreams and ours, come true.

Nov. 25 & 26, 2017                Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
Dec. 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2017      Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Dec. 23, 2017                        Modell Performing Arts Center
                                                      at the Lyric
 

 


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Location:
801 Chase St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-224-5644


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 Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore

19 Holiday Classics at the Meyerhoff

Bells are ringing and great holiday music abounds at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Dec. 2, 2017        Music Box:  All About Bears  -  ages 6 mos-3 yrs
​Dec 7-8, 2017     ​ A Christmas Carol
Dec 9-10, 2017    Handel’s Messiah
Dec 16-17, 2017  Home for the Holidays 
Dec 22-23, 2017  Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular


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Location:
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-783-8000


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The Music Center at Strathmore

20 Holiday Music at the Strathmore

Maryland's campus for the arts in North Bethesda presents an array of holiday concerts in the Mansion and the magnificent music center.

December 2, 2017            Classic Youth Orchestras: Symphonic
                                                Devotion
December 4, 2017            Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour
December 8, 2017            Canadian Brass - Christmas Time is Here
December 10, 2017          Strathmore Children's Chorus - Peace, Paz,
                                                  Shalom
December 12 & 13, 2017  The Hip Hop Nutcracker with
                                                   MC Kurtis Blow
December 16 & 17, 2017  National Philharmonic - Handel's Messiah
December 22 & 23, 2017  Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 


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Location:
5301 Tuckerman Ln
North Bethesda, MD 20852
301-581-5100


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Rotator Tuba Christmas performance

21 Holidays at the Weinberg Center for the Arts

Nov. & Dec., 2017
Celebrate the season at this elegant and revitalized theatre with its grand lobby and decorative paintings wherever you look.
Nov. 24, 2017                     Lightwire - A Very Electric Christmas
Nov. 25, 2017                     Tuba Christmas
Dec. 2, 2017                       Holiday Tribute to Motown
Dec. 8, 9 & 10, 2017           The Nutcracker
Dec. 15, 16 & 17, 2017       A Christmas Carol
Dec. 19, 2017                     The 23rd Annual Messiah Sing-Along
Dec. 22, 2017                      Phil Vassar & Kellie Pickler Country
                                                     Christmas
 

 


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Location:
20 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-2828


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Frederick Symphony Orchestra logo Photo By: Frederick Symphony Orchestra

22 Duke Ellington's Christmas Concert - Frederick Symphony Orchestra

December 9, 2017

The Frederick Symphony Orchestra performs Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker, opening with Anderson’s Christmas Festival. Tom Mitchell, soloist, performs a stunning rendition of Prayer From A Jewish Life No. 1.  Performances take place at the Frederick Community College's JB Kussmaul Theatre.

 


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JB Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College
Frederick, MD 21701
301-685-3585


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Mobtown Ballroom Logo Photo By: Mobtown Ballroom

23 Let Them Eat Yule Log - A Victorian Holiday Comedy Cirque Show

December 9, 2017

Dark Circus Arts takes you back in time with a household staff on aerial apparatuses, spinning Cyr wheel, hand balances, and a yule log.  All at the Mobtown Ballroom with ample street parking and a full bar! Both a matinee and evening performance.  


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Location:
Mobtown Ballroom
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-340-2233


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It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play Photo By: Drama Queen Graphics

24 It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play

December 1, 2, 3 and 7, 8, 9, 10, 2017

This beloved holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. The Colonial Players ensemble recreates a few dozen characters as George Bailey considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.  More info...

Featured Places
The Nutcracker dancers perform on stage
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Location:
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
Bowie, MD 20715
Ceremony of Carols logo
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Location:
Christ Church Easton
Easton, MD 21601
Christmas Story Poster
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Location:
31 West Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
Annie Moses Band Group Photo for Christmas
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Location:
Frostburg State University, Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall
Frostburg, MD 21532
musical note
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Location:
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
Crofton, MD 21114
photo of actors from Holiday Tales
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Location:
Goucher College
Baltimore, MD 21204
A Christmas Carol - 2017 flyer
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Location:
7 South Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Joyeux Noël
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Location:
Holloway Hall Auditorium at Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD 21801
Encore Creativity Group on stage
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Location:
90 Church St
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Eric Byrd Trio
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Location:
Montpelier Arts Center
Laurel, MD 20708
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Location:
33 West St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Photo of Mark G. Meadows
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Location:
Arts Barn
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Messiah performed by Annapolis Chorale in St. Anne's Church
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Location:
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Family Holiday Concert logo
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Location:
5460 Trumpeter Road
Columbia, MD 21044
Divas Deck the Halls pointsettia logo
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Location:
Montpelier Arts Center
Laurel, MD 20708
drawing of holiday greenery
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Location:
21-27 S Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Ballet Theatre of Maryland
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Location:
801 Chase St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
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Location:
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Contemporary Music Hall
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Location:
5301 Tuckerman Ln
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Weinberg Center
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Location:
20 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
musical note
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Location:
JB Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College
Frederick, MD 21701
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