Maryland Christmas Concerts and Holiday Performances

christmas playIt doesn't feel like Christmas without opportunities to hear beloved holiday music or catch a classic Christmas show. This year, enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with festive holiday concerts and performances in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington D.C., Easton, College Park, and other locations around Maryland.

Featuring a fantastic lineup of big-name performers and annual favorites, this roundup is just what you need to get into that Christmas spirit.

Don't forget to call ahead to verify before attending an event!

Updated for 2017. List is updated regularly. Check back often!


'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' 4-D Experience - 2017
Nov. 10-Jan. 1. Join Rudolph as he sets off on a series of funny and endearing adventures after he is kicked out of Christmas town. $39.95; ages 3-11, $24.95. $5 with aquarium admission. National Aquarium, Baltimore. 410-576-3800,

A Miracle on 34th Street - 2017
Nov. 16-Jan 7. Musical adaptation of this classic film about a young girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus until a very special, white-bearded old man changes her mind. $44.50-61. Check website for times. Toby's Dinner Theater, Columbia. 410-730-8311,

Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker - 2017
Nov. 22-26. From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. $59 - $175. Check website for showtimes. The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 800-444-1324,

The Nutcracker: Glen Echo - 2017
Select days Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Thursdays-Sundays. Marionettes tell the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. $12. Show times vary. Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo. 301-634-5380,

The Nutcracker - 2017
Nov. 25-26. Ballet performance set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. $30-59. Check website for showtimes. Thearc Theater, Washington, DC. 202-889-8150,

A Christmas Carol - 2017
Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Theatre performance adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens. $30-40. Check website for showtimes. Annapolis Shakespeare Company. 410-280-1773,

Melissa Etheridge: Merry Christmas, Baby - 2017
Nov. 30. Melissa Etheridge, one of rock music's great female icons, will perform a selection of holiday songs. $90-110. 8pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-5544,

The Man Who Came To Dinner - 2017
Dec. 1-16, Fri., Sat and Sun. Sheridan Whiteside, famous radio personality, having dined at the home of the Stanley family, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. “Christmas may be postponed this year." Check website for showtimes. Bowie Playhouse. 301-937-7458,

Annual Handel's Messiah - 2017
Dec. 2-3 The USNA Glee Club combines with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah. $21-36. Sat., 8pm; Sun. 3pm. United States Naval Academy, Annapolis.

A Christmas Carol - 2017
Select days Dec. 4-23. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come visit Ebenezer Scrooge to thaw his frozen heart with a timeless message. This production is set in Baltimore. $19-49. Check website for times. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 410-244-8570,

A Christmas Noel - 2017
Dec. 10. The 24-voice Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers perform. $10-15. 3pm. Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia 410-799-9321,

Midweek Concert: A Christmas Carol - 2017
Dec. 7-8. A single-actor semi-staged adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol retells the story of the infamous miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemptive journeys with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.$6.50. Check for showtimes. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 410-783-8000,

NSO Salutes the Military - 2017
Dec. 7. A holiday pops concert honoring the military. Featuring Mehan Hilty. Free; reservations required. 7pm. The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600,

The Gift of the Mad Guy - 2017
Dec. 9 and 16. A holiday play for families about generosity. $10. Performances at 10:30am and 1pm. 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis. 443-906-0099,

BSO Presents A Christmas Carol - 2017
Dec. 9. Single-actor, semi-staged adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, retells the story of the infamous miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his redemptive journeys with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. $15-20. 11am. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 410-783-8000,

The Nutcracker - 2017
Dec. 9-10 and 16-17. Presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland. The magic of Christmas and the wonder of a child merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. $30-52. Check website for performance times. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-5544,

Holiday Swing with Byron Stripling - 2017
Dec. 15. With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals, and virtuosic trumpet sound, Byron Stripling joins Annapolis Symphony for a holiday themed performance. Presented by Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. $10-70. 8pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-5544,

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - 2017
Dec. 15-16. Featuring over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets, Nesting Dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes. $47-199. Check website for showtimes. Hippodrome Theatre at the France Merrick Performing Arts Center, Baltimore.

Jingle All the Way - 2017
Dec. 15-17 and 20-23. Traditional holiday music and new energetic numbers. Holiday characters include Frosty, Rudolph, Dancing Bears and Trees and more. For all ages. $15. 7:30pm. St. John's College Key Auditorium, Annapolis. 410-956-0512,

Holiday Swing - 2017
Dec. 15. The Annapolis Symphony performs featuring Byron Stripling. $10-70. 8pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-0907.

A Family Christmas - 2017
Dec. 16. The young and the young at heart will revel in the joy of the season as holiday favorites ring throughout the Concert Hall. $20-25. 1pm. The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600,

A Christmas Carol: Baltimore - 2017
Dec. 16. Performance from the Charm City Ballet. $18-26. 1:30 and 7:30. Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills.

The Colonial Ringers - 2017
Dec. 16. The Colonial English Handbell Ringers performs holiday classics including Frosty the Snowman, Away in a Jingle and more. $5. 2pm. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

Home for the Holidays - 2017
Dec. 16-17. A program of Christmas favorites led by Thomas Wilkins, Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl. Classics include "We Need a Little Christmas," "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” and more. $17.50-75. Check website for showtimes. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 410-783-8000,

Holiday Choral Concert - 2017
Dec. 17. The Encore Chorale program, conducted by Jeanne Kelly, will perform a variety of pieces including Nutcracker Jingle, December Rose, Hanukkah Flame, Festival Gloria and more. Free. 7pm. Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Arnold. 301-261-5747,

A Christmas Tour at Maryland Hall - 2017
Dec. 21. Kellie Pickler along with Phil Vassar perform a selection of holiday classics. $60-75. 7:30pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-5544,

Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular - 2017
Dec. 22-23.The magic of Cirque perform with the BSO musicians and perform a special holiday performance. $16.50-75. Check website for showtimes. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 410-783-8000,

Messiah SIng Along - 2017
Dec. 23. Featuring conductor Nancia D'Alimonte whol leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel's masterpiece. Free. 6pm. Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600,

All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam - 2017
Dec. 25. Millennium Stage tradition featuring host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores King Williams. Free. 6pm. The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600,

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