If you love musicals, comedies, or drama, you're sure to find a holiday show in the Triangle that suits your tastes and fits your budget. From the classics to the originals, from high-end venues to church stages, we've got you covered! Here are some of the best shows this holiday season that are sure to create some Christmas magic.
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The Nutcracker, performed by the Carolina Ballet, continues its 15th season this week. This family favorite astonishes the audience with special effects, beautiful costumes and musical numbers. The show continues at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium this Friday through next Sunday, Dec. 23, before heading over to the Durham Performing Arts Center for two days (Dec. 29-30). Tickets range from $20 to $80 and can be purchased online.
The Philharmonic Association's Holiday Concert is this Wednesday at Meymandi Concert Hall. This performance brings together the award-winning Triangle Youth Philharmonic and talented dancers from the International Ballet Company. Tickets are only $10 for adults at the door, and $5 for seniors and children.
Meymandi Concert Hall is also playing host to the North Carolina Symphony's Holiday Pops: A Pink Martini Christmas next weekend. You'll hear holiday favorites from around the world and many genres. Tickets are available from $18 to $72, and there will be three performances on Friday, Dec. 21, and Saturday, Dec. 22.
A Christmas Carol, presented by Theatre in the Park, is a Raleigh classic which was first performed in 1974. The show has toured internationally and is a holiday favorite! There will be two more shows at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium this week and two at the Durham Performing Arts Center this weekend.
The Cary Ballet Company is combining two holiday favorites into one this Friday through Sunday at the Cary Arts Center. A Very Cary Christmas: Visions of Sugarplums and All Wrapped Up bring to life the magic of The Nutcracker and a new holiday show featuring an appearance from Santa and his reindeer. Tickets are only $15, and there are matinee and evening shows.
WRAL-TV anchor Bill Leslie is performing this Friday at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday at the Garner Performing Arts Center. Christmas in Carolina features Celtic holiday music from his best-selling albums. Tickets are only $15.
Carols on the Keys: Four Piano Christmas Concert is a unique holiday show featuring four talented pianists performing Christmas music. There are three shows this Friday through Sunday at Wake Forest Baptist Church, and tickets are $10.
Downtown Raleigh's traditional holiday concert, The Glory of Christmas, is this Sunday, Dec. 16, and next Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Longview Center. A full orchestra, a 50-person choir, Broadway soloists and even rock music make this event unique. The concert is free, but donations are accepted.
Will you catch a show this holiday season? What are your Christmas favorites at the theater?