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Holiday Plays

A List of Holiday Plays This 2021 Season
With the holidays near, here is a list of a few shows that may get you in the holiday spirit.

Check back soon as we continue to add more shows as the holidays get closer.

Most Popular Holiday Shows

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas CarolDec 2 - Dec 23, 2021

Scrooge and the gang are back in A Noise Within's delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition. Adapted by the company's own Geoff Elliott, this Pasadena production of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol has become a Southland fave for the entire family. As the Los Angeles Times says, "Only a die-hard humbug could remain unmoved by so charming a yuletide treat." Experience the magical journey of everyone's favorite surly miser as visits from Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future crack open his cold heart. Stick around after the show for selfies with the cast.

Love Actually Live
Love Actually LiveNov 27 - Dec 31, 2021

In a year that promises particularly joyful holiday reunions, LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, the multimedia concert celebration of the beloved holiday film is back by popular demand, as a not-to-be-missed Los Angeles tradition. Iconic scenes displayed on screens that travel throughout the set share the stage with an all-star cast of singers and live orchestra as they reimagine the film's hit soundtrack including "Christmas is All Around," "Trouble With Love," and "Both Sides Now."

Other Holiday Shows

Alley Of Misfits
Alley Of Misfits Nov 20 - Dec 19, 2021

In a lonely NYC alley, Ruby and Pearl wait overnight to be the first in line for a free Thanksgiving meal. A night of surprises and mayhem shows us that, in the end, you don't need a house to have a home.

And To All A Good Night
And To All A Good Night Dec 3 - Dec 17, 2021

An interactive musical where audience members help Cookie Claus set the Fairytale world back on track! You may not know it, but Santa Claus needs the magic of the Fairytales to help him make his rounds each Christmas--and this year, we need YOUR help to save the stories! Join Cookie on a fanciful holiday adventure as she follows the real-life stories of Snowhite, Hansel and Gretel, Alice and Queens of Hearts, Puss In Boots, the Frog Prince and a host of other beloved characters. Get dressed up (or down) and get ready to step inside the theatre for an awesome in-person experience.

Big American Winter Holiday Musical Spectacular!
Big American Winter Holiday Musical Spectacular! Dec 10 - Dec 11, 2021
Red Tape Productions at Pico Playhouse

Red Tape Productions proudly announces the return of BAWHMS to the Los Angeles stage. This all-original family-friendly musical comedy holiday extravaganza debuted 4 years ago and has quickly become a fan favorite. The show features the new holiday classic "Kidnap an Elf" and fun songs in the spirit of the season about seasonal candy, Franken-Santa, pirates at Christmas, and a shy little angel named Harold. The music spans genres from blues-rock to Broadway, children's to cha-cha, and traditional to extraterrestrial. The interactive concert is approximately two hours long (including an intermission). A commenter on YouTube said at last year's virtual concert, "These songs are going to be legendary holiday classics one day!" Bring the whole family for a hearty holiday experience.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec 3 - Dec 19, 2021

Everyone's favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a present the whole family can enjoy!

Christmas After Dark
Christmas After Dark Dec 3 - Dec 12, 2021
Worst Ever Productions at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre

Worst Ever Productions is back on stage this holiday season with a set of brand new dark comedic tales with the return of their hit show, Christmas After Dark! Find out what happens in the North Pole after the lights go out, Santa's on his sleigh and the kids are asleep. Featuring eight jolly 10 minute pieces that are sure to land on Santa's "Naughty" list and an all-star cast guaranteed to make your spirits bright.

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol Nov 30 - Jan 1, 2022

Nominated for five Tony Awards, this New York Times Critics' Pick welcomes theatregoers of all ages into an immersive experience that is brimming with Christmas spirit. Featuring dazzling staging, moving storytelling, and 12 cherished Christmas carols, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” it is “so infectious you’ll leave the theatre with a heart full of joy and light” (Entertainment Weekly).

Christmastime Origins
Christmastime Origins Dec 4 - Jan 2, 2022

Four musical radio plays tracing the source origins of well-known Christmas songs and the ultimate Dickensian classic.

The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays
The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays Nov 26 - Jan 2, 2022

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his acclaimed performances as Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members (from his most recent play) to his country home for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests meets with foul play, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim meets with a similar fate. The danger and hilarity are nonstop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

It's a Wonderful Life (the big tent podcast) 2021
It's a Wonderful Life (the big tent podcast) 2021 Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2021
Ophelia's Jump Productions at St. Ambrose Church

As the title implies, the new show is an adaptation of the classic 1946 Christmas movie that starred James Stewart and Donna Reed. The live stage performance is simultaneously done as a live podcast with original music, multimedia, live Foley (sound) effects and some audience participation.

Latina Christmas Special
Latina Christmas Special Dec 14 - Dec 15, 2021

This off-Broadway hit is a timely comedy about those of us who ride the edge between the culture of our immigrant parents and the culture of our home, America. Every ethnicity can relate to the feeling that their parents and families are a little "weird" (that's a nice word) during the holidays when compared to the traditional American Christmases fed to us on TV. Three comedian friends: Sandra Valls (Showtime's Latin Divas of Comedy), Maria Russell (Lt. Liz Salazar on TruTV's Tacoma FD) and Diana Yanez (Margaret Cho's Sensuous Woman) show us with their personal tales that every family has its own hilarious peculiarities, everyone wants to belong, and everyone, regardless of their background, has a hard time at some point in their life.

The Magic of Christmas
The Magic of Christmas Dec 10 - Dec 19, 2021

The Young Americans are back this holiday season, and they are bringing merriment, majesty, and music with them! Join us for The Magic of Christmas - the best holiday musical for the entire family! The Magic of Christmas features State of the Art 45-foot LED walls that take the audience from the polar ice caps of the North Pole to the jolly old streets of Dickensian London - from Toyland to the visions of sugarplums we all dream about - and so much more! This winter-wonderland variety show includes all kinds of singing and dancing, including many of your favorite Christmas carols: Poppin' Penguins, Rowdy Reindeer, a Chorus Line of Cookies, Sassy Santas, and so much more! Heralded for their legendary choral sound, the Young Americans will fill the La Mirada Theater with majestic and inspiring Christmas music, while filling your heart with the joy of the Holiday Season!

The Nutcracker Ballet
The Nutcracker Ballet Dec 4 - Dec 5, 2021

Join us this holiday season as the lights fade, the music swells, snowflakes fall, flowers waltz and a young girl dreams about a magical sweet-filled world in the charming and magical The Nutcracker Ballet. Dance! To Your Heart's Delight is pleased to captivate both young and old again this holiday season with its 17th annual production of this timeless ballet. Dozens of ballerinas and dancers of all ages are sure to entertain you at the beautiful La Mirada Theatre.

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Dec 17 - Dec 19, 2021

Nutcrackers come and go, but only one is so spectacular, so charming, so heart-warming and memorable that it has become Southern California's favorite. Voted "Best-Loved Nutcracker in the Nation" by Goldstar audience survey in 2018 and 2019, the Long Beach Nutcracker returns to the Terrace Theater. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed: "Crammed with special effects, the familiar Long Beach Ballet version of The Nutcracker has nearly everything money can buy. For opulent, family-oriented, entertainment - seek no further."

The Poetry Brothel LA: Holiday Office Partay
The Poetry Brothel LA: Holiday Office Partay Dec 17 - Dec 17, 2021

Join The Poetry Brothel LA for an immersive office holiday party - a sexy and sensuous soiree with live music by Blue Wagon Trio - complete with bedazzled blazers, punch, and poetry. We hope to CC you there!

Robin Hood and Maid Marion: A Holiday Panto
Robin Hood and Maid Marion: A Holiday Panto Dec 3 - Dec 29, 2021

Robin Hood, the ultimate adventure gets a modern makeover twist in this years Panto! Join our heroic outlaw defending the people as he robs from the rich and gives back to the poor. It's a show packed full of comedy, action, audience participation and set to a soundtrack of Disco hits and dance anthems from the 70's. The 1170's!

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Motown
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Motown Nov 23 - Dec 24, 2021

Join us in the land of Smokey Miracles and Supreme Temptations, because at the North Pole there "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to keep us from bringing big laughs and live music to you. The Christmas festivities are getting turned up with the return of the award-winning Troubadour Theater Company, and an all-new production of their holiday musical parody, Santa Claus is Comin' to Motown.

Santasia - A Holiday Comedy
Santasia - A Holiday Comedy Dec 3 - Dec 25, 2021

Santasia's relentless assault on your holiday funny-bone will have you hurting from laughter. This side splitting comedy is stocking stuffed with dynamic musical parodies, heartfelt sentiment and classic Rankin and Bass original inspired claymation movies.

Snow Globe Groundlings
Snow Globe Groundlings Dec 3 - Dec 18, 2021

This holiday season the always merry Groundlings are spreading cheer once again with the return of the annual Groundlings Holiday Show! Yule surely be laughing your way through the holiday season with these holly, jolly original sketches.

Striking 12
Striking 12 Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2021

Striking 12 is a unique hybrid of riveting musical theater and an electrifying pop-rock concert. It tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who has resolved to spend New Year's Eve alone when an incandescent figure arrives at their door with the promise to chase away the winter doldrums. Striking 12 is a festive tale filled with wit, emotion, and musicianship, creating an anti-holiday musical celebration about rediscovering and reconnecting to the true spirit of the season. The New York Times called it "a cross between a rock concert and a holiday show for people who don't like holiday shows."

This Wonderful Life
This Wonderful Life Dec 16 - Jan 3, 2022
Rogue Machine at The Matrix

Rogue Machine brings Frank Capra's iconic holiday film, "It's a Wonderful Life," to the stage in this hilarious and heartwarming one-person show starring Leo Marks. Part fan frenzy and part tour-de-force, it's a celebration of cinematic storytelling and the differences, big and small, that one person can make in the lives of others.

The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) Dec 3 - Dec 19, 2021

Enjoy this hilarious, holiday, comedy revue by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, directed by Alison Boole, in which the audience is welcomed to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody's Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we'll believe anything. But there's a problem: none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived, so three members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves. This irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays offers festive, funny, physical, family fun for all.

The Wickhams: Christmas At Pemberley
The Wickhams: Christmas At Pemberley Dec 2 - Dec 19, 2021
Ensemble Theatre Company at The New Vic

Part II of the Christmas at Pemberley trilogy! In this new riff on "Pride and Prejudice," Darcy and Elizabeth must now contend with hijinks amongst the staff, all while preparing for the family to visit. Both touching and charming The Wickhams is a comic-drama where Jane Austen meets "Downton Abbey."