It doesn’t feel like Christmas without hearing beloved holiday music live or catching a classic Christmas show.
This year, it will be more difficult to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season due to COVID. But there sill still be some festive holiday concerts and performances in and around Maryland. This year will have some indoor, outdoor and virtual events to enjoy and get you in the holiday spirit!
Don’t forget to call ahead to verify before attending an event! Updated for 2020. List is updated regularly. Check back often!
Home for the Holidays – 2020
Nov 12–Jan 3. Head to Toby’s Dinner Theatre for a holiday spectacular. This uplifting and joyous celebration of the holiday season will feature many of your favorite Toby’s performers. Toby’s will be decked out for an evening of non-stop holiday entertainment filled with great music, humor and heart! $50–$65. Showtimes vary. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Columbia.
Snow Queen at Home – 2020
Nov. 27–Feb. 28, 2021. In the Imagination Stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous winter fairy tale, a powerful friendship is put to the test as four narrators bring to life the story of Gerda and Kai, life-long best friends whose relationship is broken by the unfeeling Snow Queen. Imagination abounds in this magical story of courage, wit, and unshakable resilience! Best for ages 5+. Your ticket purchase includes a special 25-minute live interactive prequel story, where kids will be able to join characters from the story of The Snow Queen on Zoom on a pre-show journey that sets the stage for the play.
A Christmas Carol – 2020
Nov. 27–Dec. 27. Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” is a beloved holiday performance. The annual holiday tradition continues as we bring an updated production of the classic Christmas favorite. Streaming options begin Dec. 21. $30–$65. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis.
The Nutcracker: Glen Echo Puppet Co.
Nov. 27–Jan. 1, Streaming. Marionettes tell the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. thepuppetco.org
The Gift of the Mad Guy – 2020
Dec. 5. Virtual. Learn about generosity through the hilarious story of Jack, a gift-crazed child who believes that Christmas is about giving — specifically to HIM — until he is promised a REALLY big gift if he gives 3 of his gifts away to others. Will Jack learn that the holidays are about more than getting? $15, and get you access to the live stream for you and your whole family! Get yours at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/42328
The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Virtual Tea Party
Dec. 6. A quintessential Washington, DC holiday tradition, The Nutcracker Tea Party is coming to your home this season! Tune in on YouTube on December 6 at 3 p.m. for a
40-minute steaming and streaming Nutcracker experience – featuring guest performances, interactive activities, a special appearance by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the story of The Washington Ballet’s unique production of The Nutcracker, and behind the scenes interviews. Everyone is welcome to join! washingtonballet.org
Christmas for Kids—Baltimore Choral Arts – 2020
Dec. 6. This Christmas, Baltimore Choral Arts presents Christmas with Kids virutally, premiering live on our Facebook page. Watch as the ever-lovable Pepito the Clown and Tilly are swept away on an imaginative adventure as they attempt to help Santa prepare for Christmas. This children’s show is perfect for the young and young-at-heart! The video will later be available to watch all season long on our YouTube channel and website. 3 p.m. baltimorechoralarts.org
Holiday Swing – 2020
Dec. 11–26. This brand-new festive production features singing and dancing to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Enjoy some of your favorite holiday music featuring the Unified Jazz Ensemble. Only 8 Performances! Streaming options begin Dec. 22. $30–$65. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis.
A Christmas Carol STREAMING 2020
Dec. 15–Jan. 3. It wouldn’t be Christmas at Olney without Paul Morella’s solo performance of A Christmas Carol. We weren’t going to let COVID dampen the joy of the season, so we’ve created this new, filmed version of his one-man show of the Charles Dickens classic. Even better, you can watch as many times as you like between December 15, 2020 – January 3, 2021. That’s the Christmas Spirit! $20. Olney Theatre Center.
The Nutcracker – 2020
Dec. 12–13; 19–20. 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–$50. Two ways to see the show this year:
Drive-in to the Gordon Biersch parking lot in the Annapolis Town Center and watch the live streamed performance on an LED screen from the safety of your car with audio through your car radio (2 and 6 p.m.). OR Enjoy the holiday classic from the comfort of your own home via a virtual performance at 2 or 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Pops with Jack Everly (Virtual) – 2020
Dec. 16. Artistic Partner Wordsmith joins this special holiday episode with a new rendition of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” as a reflection on 2020. Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly presents a program of holiday cheer featuring familiar favorites including “Sleigh Ride”, “A Hanukkah Celebration”, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Spend part of your holidays virtually with the BSO! $10 Pay per view
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – 2020
Dec. 18. Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring your favorite Rock Holiday tradition directly into your home with an up-close-and-personal livestream performance of “Christmas Eve and Other Stories!” Join us on Friday, December 18th at 8 p.m. EST for an intimate 90-minute performance of this beloved album. Tickets for this virtual event are on-sale now on tsolivestream.com.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – 2020 (Virtual)
Dec. 19. See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. 8 p.m. $25. Streaming.
Family Holiday Concert – 2020
Dec. 19. Join us on YouTube for our virtual Holiday Concert! It will look a little different this year, but you’re sure to enjoy small groups from the Orchestra playing your favorite Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, selections from The Nutcracker & more! 7:30 p.m. columbiaorchestra.org
Merry TubaChristmas – 2020
Dec. 20. we are going to host a virtual TubaChristmas using GoogleMeet or Zoom. Musicans and audience members will be able to log in to play along with recordings of three cards: #1 Adeste Fideles, #11 Silent Night, and #14 Joy to the World. Our videocall TubaChristmas will also include readings of the history of TubaChristmas and the Christmas story, as we have in the past. 4 p.m.
A Celebration of Christmas – 2020
This concert is one of the longest running traditions in Annapolis and we are committed to making it happen! We can’t have all of the performers inside on one stage so this year we are going to turn the City of Annapolis into our stage and stream performances from all over town. We may have some very limited seating in the hall but will also make this available on a live stream format for those who are watching from home. Join us and our special guests Bernard Dotson, Raissa Katona Bennett and Mark Berman, and some special surprises for a new chapter in the history of this iconic Annapolis tradition.
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