For those who love holiday plays, ballets, and concerts, there are a variety of festive productions in downtown Denver which celebrate this special time of year. From fantasy to comedy, there is something for everyone this holiday season. Here are some of the many holiday shows being presented in Denver.
The musical adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic tale, A Christmas Carol will be performed at the Stage Theatre (in the Denver Center of Performing Arts) from November 27th-December 27th. In this 19th century story, miser Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve and learns the value of family, love, and the holiday season. Performances will be at either 1:30pm, 6:30pm, or 7:30pm, depending on the date. The show itself is 2 hours and 7 minutes long, with an intermission. Because of period language and the ghosts, the age recommendation is for audience members 6 and up. Tickets start at $49.
As a change from the typical holiday productions, the one-man comedy, SantaLand Diaries tells the story of Crumpet (played by David Sedaris) who was a department store elf in New York. This off-beat show is being performed in The Jones Theatre (in the Denver Center of Performing Arts) and runs from November 27th-December 27th. Adult language and subject matter will be used throughout the production, so the age recommendation is for mature audience members (16+). Tickets start at $25. The performances begin at either 3pm, 7pm, 8pm, or 10pm, depending on the date, and the run time is 90 minutes (without an intermission).
Fans of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker have the opportunity to see two different productions from two talented ballet companies. Both of these versions tell the story of a girl, Clara, who is given a magical nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve. Together, Clara and The Nutcracker travel to the Land of Sweets, where they are greeted by The Sugarplum Fairy, Snowflakes, Flowers, and other wonderful creatures. The original score, composed by Tchaikovsky, is still used in the ballet today.
- The Colorado Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker has been a tradition for 55 years.This year, it will be held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House (in the Denver Center of Performing Arts). It will run from November 28th-December 27th and will be at either 1pm, 1:30pm, 6:30pm, or 7:30pm, depending on the date. Dancers from The Colorado Ballet have continuously dazzled audiences with their wonderful performances. As an added bonus, this year, the ballet company will create an on-stage blizzard! This ballet is about 1 hour and 50 minutes long, including a 20 minute intermission. Tickets start at $34.
- As a part of their international tour, The Moscow Ballet is coming to Denver for two nights to perform The Nutcracker. On December 11th and 12th, audience members can experience magical performances from this legendary ballet company. Dancers are skilled in the art of ballet and will be wearing bright and elaborate costumes. This production runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes, with one intermission. Tickets for these two festive performances start at $56. On December 11th, the ballet will begin at 7pm, and it will start at 5pm on December 12th.
Based on the 1983 film, A Christmas Story: The Musical will be playing at the Buell Theatre (in the Denver Center of Performing Arts) from December 16th-27th. Set in 1940s Indiana, this fun, family-friendly adaptation of the classic holiday movie tells the story of Ralphie, a boy who wants a bebe gun for Christmas. Unfortunately, Ralphie’s parents think the gun will be dangerous and that he will “shoot [his] eye out!” This determined kid won’t give up, and he faces obstacles like bullies and a cranky department store Santa in order to get the ultimate Christmas gift. Shows will be either at 2pm or 7:30pm, depending on the date. This musical performance runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, and there will be one intermission. Tickets start at $25.
The Mannheim Steamroller Christmas concert, presented by Chip Davis, will also be at the Buell Theatre this holiday season. This production will include classic Christmas songs from Mannheim Steamroller, and there will be different multimedia effects that play along with the music. Performances are on December 12th at 4pm and 8pm and on December 13th at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets start at $44. Come and experience this wonderful holiday concert that has been a tradition for the past 30 years!
On December 3rd-6th, the Frozen on Ice will be performed at the Pepsi Center. In this adaptation of the hit, Oscar winning Disney movie, skilled actors will be performing the entire story on ice skates! Songs from the film, like “Let it Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, will be included. Frozen tells the story of two sisters: Princess Anna, who longs for adventure, and Queen Elsa, who has the power to turn things to ice. After a mishap at her coronation, Elsa runs away from her kingdom of Arendelle. Anna and her new friends Kristoff, Sven (the reindeer), and Olaf (the talking snowman) help Elsa overcome her fears and come to terms with her special gift. Tickets for Frozen on Ice start at $17 (children under 2 are free). Performances are at either 11am, 3pm, or 7pm, depending on the day. The show is 2 hours and 15 minutes long, including one intermission.
All of these plays, ballets, and concerts allow residents and visitors of Denver to experience the magic of the season. If you want to know more about festivities in Colorado’s capital city, check out our post on holiday events and traditions in Denver. Also, for information about different December events in Douglas County, check out our posts on this website and on scottfutahometeam.com.