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Christmas & Holiday Plays, Pageants, and Special Events in Huntsville and Beyond

Christmas & Holiday Plays, Pageants, and Special Events in Huntsville and Beyond

It’s a great time to catch some Christmas shows in Huntsville with your family! Here you’ll find holiday pageants, plays, and special events happening in the Rocket City. Some of these are free and some require tickets, but they are all sure to put you in the Holiday mood!

For more holiday fun including all the places to hear music, catch Santa, cavort with holiday cheerfulness and just plain get in the holiday spirit visit the main page of our comprehensive 2020 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by the Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden.

ON THE GO? Keep all of our Holiday Guides and our full Event Calendar at your fingertips with our free Explore Huntsville app. It’s available on iTunes & Google Play and will help make your spirit bright!

November Plays & Performances

Private Performances of The Nutcracker by the Huntsville Ballet Company

New for 2020, you’re invited to enjoy a private performance of excerpts from THE NUTCRACKER for your group of up to 15 people in the intimate setting of Studio 4 at Huntsville Ballet. This type of performance will allow you to see things you can’t normally view from concert hall seating. And while their movements may look effortless from far away, when you are seated this close, you’ll be able to appreciate the strength, precision and grace every single movement demands of our company dancers. It’s truly breathtaking. After each performance, which lasts about an hour, take part in a Q&A with the dancers. This is another rare opportunity, and we encourage you to get to know our company, they are truly remarkable people.

Dates/Times: Various times available on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Oct. 21 through Dec. 19
Location: VBC’s Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
Cost: $300 per private performance, 15-20 attendees maximum | Call 256-539-0961 to reserve your time
More Info: Website
Read our review of this show here.

Fantasy Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol Virtual Production

Fantasy Playhouse presents the familiar Christmas story, with a shadowy new twist! 5 actors, 4 spirits, 3 bell tolls, 2 possible endings, and 1 night that will change Ebenezer Scrooge forever! Through shadows, puppetry, and live foley sounds, a cast of 5 actors play multiple roles to inventively recreate the classic Dickens tale. Developed especially for a virtual family experience, Fantasy Playhouse presents a new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” to be enjoyed right from your living room! Join Scrooge on a tour led by ghostly visitors as he revisits his past and learns the fate of his future.

Dates/Times: Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 at 7PM | Dec. 5 at 5PM | Dec. 6 at 1PM
Location: Virtual Production (link)
Cost: $10
More Info: Website | Facebook
Read our review of the show here.

December Plays & Performances

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose

“The Game is afoot!” Join us as we kickoff our 10th Season with “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose” directed by Heather Anderson. In person seating is limited to 75 tickets per performance. This will allow us to social distance our patrons in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy. In addition to in person performances, we are excited to offer a streaming option! Patrons wishing to use the streaming option will purchase a code that they will use for the performance time they choose.

Dates/Times: Dec. 3 & 4 at 6:30 PM | Dec. 5 at 2PM
Location: First Baptist Church Decatur (map) or Virtual Streaming (link)
Cost: In Person: $12.00 each | Streaming: $12.00 for individual, $40.00 for families
More Info: Website | Facebook

DW Childrens Theatre Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Sponsored by The Alabama Council on the Arts and Redstone Federal Credit Union, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is directed by Ethan Sharp and tells the story of six misfit children who volunteer to star in their town’s Sunday school Christmas pageant, and end up teaching the town the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets for seats socially distanced and sold in pairs. If you need more than two, call the box office at 256-350-1745.

Dates/Times: Dec. 4-5 at 7PM | Dec. 5-6 at 2PM
Location: Princess Theatre, Decatur (map)
Cost: $12 adults | $10 for students and seniors
More Info: Website | Facebook

The Nutcracker: A Yuletide Ballet by the Alabama Youth Ballet

Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker, A Yuletide Ballet, in the holiday tradition that Huntsville has loved for over 40 years. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical holiday wonderland filled with adorable children, dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and the delicious Land of Sweets.

Dates/Times: Dec. 11-13
Location: VBC Playhouse (map)
Cost: TBA
More Info: Website

“Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Grissom High School Theatre

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.

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Dates/Times: Dec. 12 at 3:30PM and 5:30PM
Location: Grissom High School (map)
Cost: $12 adults, $8 students and children
More Info: Website | Facebook

West Main Studios presents The Reason for the Season

West Main Studios presents their 25th annual performance of The Reason for the Season, a journey of Christmas favorites told through the magic of dance.

Dates/Times: Dec. 15 at 6PM
Location: VBC Concert Hall (map)
Cost: $10
More Info: Website | Facebook

Cirque du Canines Holiday Show

Cirque du Canines, the Dog Circus, comes to the stage. Featuring fantastic tricks, one of a kind stunts, high flying fun, comedy, audience participation, all set to lively music. This fun filled show features Border Collies, Rat Terriers, Toy Poodles, Terrier Mixes, Standard Poodles, Australians Shepards and more. A one hour show for audiences of all ages!

Dates/Times: Dec. 19 at 7PM
Location: Princess Theatre, Decatur (map)
Cost: $15 adults | $10 for students
More Info: Website | Facebook


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