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Holiday Performances

'Tis the Season to enjoy holiday performances including classics like "The Nutcracker" and  concerts with chorales, orchestras and award winning singers. 

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There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at Holiday Celebrations, great Train Events, dazzling Light Displays and New Year's Eve Celebrations.

Make this year's holiday extra special by taking advantage of our "Open for the Holidays" Deals and Hotel Packages.

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Holidays at the Weinberg Center for the Arts
Frederick
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
A beloved Frederick holiday tradition returns. This full length ballet features artists from the Maryland Regional Ballet,  New York City Ballet and students from the Frederick School of Classical Ballet.

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
The Music Center at Strathmore
The Music Center at Strathmore

This special 35th anniversary performance is perfect for the times. Mannheim Steamroller performs Christmas, live, in its entirety.  It was the album that became a holiday classic. Experience the magic with dazzling multimedia effects and the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.  

 

 

       

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Handel's Messiah Performed by the BSO Symphonic Chorale Led by Edward Polochick
Edward Polochick leads the BSO Symphonic Chorale

Edward Polochick leads the BSO Symphonic Chorale in this holiday favorite, Handel's Messiah, featuring the iconic "Hallelujah" Chorus.

 

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Holiday Spectacular with the BSO
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
See a performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
David Harp Photography

The Holiday Spectacular returns to the Meyerhoff with holiday favorites! The BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society perform an exciting holiday program.  The ever-popular tap-dancing Santa's also perform.   Spoken word artist Wordsmith also lends his voice. 

 

 

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Handel's Messiah: Columbia Pro Cantare
The Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake
Columbia Pro Cantare
Columbia Pro Cantare

Columbia Pro Cantare is a nationally recognized mixed chorus of auditioned volunteer singers.  Enjoy the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus, Amy Van Roekel, soprano; MaryAnn McCormick, mezzo; Charles Reid, tenor; Lester Lynch, baritone; Henry Lowe, positiv organ, Festival Orchestra as they perform Handel's Messiah.

 

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Period-Perfect "Messiah"
Baltimore & Catonsville
Handel's Messiah - Live Online
Handel Choir of Baltimore

The Handel Choir of Baltimore has presented masterpieces of the choral and choral-orchestral repertoire as well as music new to Baltimore audiences.  Concerts are performed in many wonderful venues beloved by audiences.   Now,  this critically acclaimed choral ensemble preserves their long-standing Baltimore tradition with a full period orchestra.  It's perfect.

 

 

 

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A Christmas Noel: Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers
Columbia
Columbia Pro Cantare - A Christmas Noël
Columbia Pro Cantare

The CPC Chamber Singers, chosen from the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus especially for their vocal blend and ability to perform smaller works, present seasonal music from four centuries – some old, some new, mostly a cappella in the acoustically rich sanctuary of wood and glass found inside the Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia.

 

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Elf the Musical presented by the Authentic Community Theatre
The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown
The Maryland Theatre
The Maryland Theatre

The charming story of Buddy, the orphan boy who believes he is an Elf working in Santa's workshop is a story of the true meaning of Christmas.  Authentic Community Theatre presents this modern-day holiday classic that is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

 

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The Nutcracker presented by The Western Maryland City Ballet Company & The City Ballet School
The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown
The Nutcracker
Courtesy MD Theatre

Join Clara on her enchanted journey to the Land of Sweets!  Set to Tchaikovsky’s stunning score, this magical ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with family.   The Nutcracker features Washington Ballet artists Nicole Graniero and Oscar Sanchez as The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.  A full cast of over 100 dancers, brilliant costume and prop design, and a good dose of theatrical magic bring this family Christmas tradition to life.

 

 

 

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The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland
Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis
Ballet Theatre of Maryland
Ballet Theatre of Maryland

Enjoy this cherished holiday ballet with your family.  The Ballet Theatre of Maryland performance of The Nutcracker brings the possibility of dreams to life.  Experience the mystery as Drosselmeier transports  you and Clara back in time.  Capture the spirit of the holiday season anew.

 

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Handel's Messiah - Live Arts Maryland
Historic St. Anne’s Church, Annapolis
St Anne's Episcopal Church - Annapolis
Live Arts Maryland

The Annapolis Chorale’s annual performances of “Messiah” are a beloved regional holiday tradition.  World-class soloists, the Chamber Orchestra, and, of course, the Annapolis Chorale, all come together in historic St. Anne’s Church for a powerful presentation of this iconic work.   Seating for these performances is limited, so order tickets early.

 

 

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A Christmas Carol presented by Classic Theatre of Maryland
Annapolis
A Christmas Carol's Ebenezer Scrooge
Classic Theatre of Maryland

Enjoy an in-person performance by the Classic Theatre of Maryland's (formerly Annapolis Shakespeare Company) original Helen Hayes Award-recommended production of the beloved holiday story.  This performance has become an annual holiday tradition for many, delighting patrons of all ages. 

 

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Holiday Tea - An Interactive Show
Salisbury
Holiday Tea - an interactive show

Parents may want to bring the kids early to purchase hot or cold tea and fresh baked cookies.  Then watch the characters sing, dance, and tell stories  while engaging the audience.  An after-show meet and greet allows participants to snap a photo with their favorite characters. The show features  an all-star cast of regional youth and takes place in a new venue called "revival @ city center.".