2018 Holiday Theater & Dance Shows

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Enjoy a holiday performance! Nashville Rep's "A Christmas Story" runs through Dec. 22.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TWO FRONT TEETH

Thru Dec. 22 | All ages
615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 11 a.m. $9. In this special children’s holiday show, a spunky 7-year-old expert whistler’s solo spot in the Christmas Extravaganza is in jeopardy after a hockey puck takes out her two front teeth.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dec. 18 – 21 | All ages
615-847-0934 | lakewoodtheatre.org
Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. Dickens’ Christmas ghost story comes to life on stage.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL DINNER SHOW

Thru Dec. 16 | All ages
615-883-8375 | thelarrykeetontheatre.org
Larry Keeton Dinner Theater, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville.Thu – Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 – $32. This dinner theater production presents the Charles Dickens’ tale of a bitter old man’s transformation into the Christmas spirit.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Thru Dec. 15 | All ages
615-791-5007 | pull-tight.com
Pull-Tight Theater, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $12 students. Experience a live 1940s-era radio broadcast version of the Dickens classic with live sound effects.

CHRISTMAS ON THE TOWNE

Thru Dec. 16 | All ages
615-221-1174 | townecentretheatre.com
Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood. Thu – Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $20 adults, $16 students. An original holiday production in conjunction with the Brentwood Arts Society.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Thru Dec. 22 | All ages
615-782-4040 | nashvillerep.org
Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Wed – Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $47.50 adults, $25 ages 12 & younger. It’s the 10th and final year of this production based on the beloved holiday movie about a young boy who wants a Red Ryder B.B. gun for Christmas.

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

Thru Dec. 28 | All ages
615-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com
Cirque Dreams at the Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Days and showtimes vary. $24.99 – $89.99. Cirque performers dressed as ornaments come to life and perform dazzling feats to holiday music in this Vegas-style extravaganza.

ELF, THE MUSICAL

Thru Dec. 22 | Ages 8+
615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m. $16 – $60 evening shows, $19 – $27.50 matinees. Based on the beloved holiday film, this fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

ELF JR., THE MUSICAL

Dec. 14 – 16 | All ages
615-826-6037 | hpactn.com
Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10. This student production celebrates the story of Buddy the Elf.

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD

Dec. 13 – 16 | All ages
actorspointtheatre.com
Actors Point Theatre at GodWhy Church, 100 GodWhy Court, Hendersonville. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $13 – $27. Three actors decide to perform every holiday story ever told. Act II features the playing of A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life at the same time.

THE GAME SHOW SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION

Thru Dec. 22 | Ages 8+
615-646-9977 | dinnertheatre.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 & 7:30, Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m. plus Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. $16 – $60 evening shows, $19 – $27.50 matinees. Enjoy a holiday twist on some of America’s favorite TV game shows where you get to be part of the action.

GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER

Monday, Dec. 24 | All ages
615-889-3060 | ryman.com
The Moscow Ballet at Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 3 p.m. $30 – $91. Experience a unique interpretation of the Nutcracker story featuring 80 classically trained ballet dancers.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Thru Dec. 16 | All ages
615-904-2787 | boroarts.org
Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. When it turns out that Macy’s Santa may be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads throughout New York City.

NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER

Thru Dec. 23 | All ages
615-782-4040 | nashvilleballet.com
Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Dec. 1, 2 & 9 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 8, 15, 21 & 22 at 2 & 7 p.m.; Dec. 16 & 23 at 1 & 6:30 p.m. $40 – $90. Nashville Ballet’s holiday tradition celebrates 11 years with hundreds of local kids in the cast.

A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS

Thru Dec. 16 | Ages 8+
615-598-8950 | encore-theatre-company.org
Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 youth. It’s Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas — his family’s Christmas.

PETER PAN & TINKER BELL: A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS

Dec. 13 – 23 | All ages
615-782-4040 | tpac.org
TPAC and Lythgoe Family Panto at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Thu – Fri 7:30 p.m. (additional 1 p.m. show on Friday, Dec. 21), Sat – Sun 1 & 6 p.m. (11 a.m. & 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23). In this swashbuckling adventure, the pirates plan to kidnap Peter Pan as a Christmas present to Captain Hook. The show features contemporary music from the Bee Gees to Taylor Swift.

SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS

Thru Dec. 16 | Ages 4+
615-852-8499 | springhousetheatre.com
Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children. This holiday sequel to Smoke on the Mountain is set on Christmas Eve 1941 before one of the family members joining the fight in World War II.

SAVE TOYLAND!

Thru Dec. 16 | All ages
615-893-9825 | mltarts.com
Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro. Thu – Sun 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students. A new musical based on the opera, Babes in Toyland.

 

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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