Christmas Shows to See in Charlotte: 2019
Concerts, stage productions, and more
DEC. 1: THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER
Belk Theater, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., $20-$60+
Director and choreographer Jennifer Weber reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic tale. The production features a dozen dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist in a mash-up of hip-hop choreography set in New York City.
DEC. 6: HOLIDAY JAZZ WITH JUSTIN RAY
Bechtler Museum, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., $10-$16
As part of Jazz at the Bechtler, which occurs on the first Friday of every month, The Ziad Jazz Quartet performs holiday classics. See the group play renditions of “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Sleigh Ride” alongside guest performer and Asheville-based jazz trumpeter Justin Ray.
DEC. 6-7: CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: HANDEL’S MESSIAH
Knight Theater, 7:30 p.m., $26-$173
Charlotte Symphony performs Handel’s masterpiece, which includes the beloved “Hallelujah” chorus. Patrick Dupre Quigley directs four vocal soloists in the oratorio.
DEC. 6-8, 12-15, 19-23: THE NUTCRACKER
Belk Theater, Times Vary, $25-$112
Charlotte Ballet presents the classic story of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and set to Tchaikovsky’s score, performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
DEC. 6-15: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Theatre Charlotte, Times Vary, $28
Here’s another classic for the holiday season, and this is a group who does it right. Theatre Charlotte’s production is back for its 13th season from the company.
DEC. 7: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA PRESENTS CHRISTMAS EVE AND OTHER STORIES
Spectrum Center, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., $49-$79
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra blends rock and classical music in elaborate live shows that include lights, lasers, and fog machines. Since the release of its first album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories, the ensemble has sold more than 10 million concert tickets. See all new staging and effects when TSO returns to Charlotte this month.
DEC. 7: HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Downtown Waxhaw, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Free
Downtown Waxhaw is transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 500,000 lights. The event includes a Christmas concert, a live nativity scene, carriage rides, carnival games and rides, and a visit from Santa.
DEC. 10: ROBERT EARL KEEN PRESENTS COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
Knight Theater, 7:30 p.m., $32.50+
Keen brings his 8th-annual Christmas tour to Charlotte. This year’s theme: “COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Lunar Tunes & Looney Times,” marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
DEC. 13: THE JAZZ ROOM: HOLIDAY EDITION
McGlohon Theater, 7 p.m., $25-$28
This edition of the popular jazz program focuses on Vince Guaraldi’s famous A Charlie Brown Christmas score. Five regional jazz pianists take on these standards.
DEC. 13-15, 20-22: CLARA’S TRIP
Booth Playhouse, Times Vary, $27-$48
In this contemporary twist on The Nutcracker, Clara attends a holiday party where she trips and falls while dancing. A broken ankle lands her in the hospital, where she dreams of dancing nurses, friends, and get-well gifts.
DEC. 13-22: CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY & CAROLINA VOICES: MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS AND THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
Knight Theater, Times Vary, $19+
This CSO tradition and this Carolina Voices staple have combined forces for one big show. Expect orchestra-led classics, sing-alongs, snow inside Knight Theater, and much more.
DEC. 27: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Ovens Auditorium, 7 p.m., $26-$66
Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang re-create the TV special on stage, set to the music of Vince Guaraldi and with a medley of Christmas sing-alongs at the end.
DEC. 29: CELTIC CHRISTMAS
Booth Playhouse, 7 p.m., $24.50-$49.50
Set in various countries in Europe, Jamie Laval’s show weaves music, dance, poetry, and stories of Celtic celebrations during winter solstice and the Christmas holiday.