Spectacular Holiday Performances to Enjoy at Theaters

Photo of the Nutcracker in honor of holiday theater performances.

It’s the holiday season! Here are some theater performances you and your loved ones can enjoy in Orlando.

November 3 to November 18

The Rollins College Theater Dept Presents 

METAMORPHOSES – The Myths of Ovid

Metamorphoses is contemporary theater at its most imaginative. Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman has created a new way to look at the gods of ancient Greece. Along the way, we realize this ‘experience’ relates to the creation of theater over 2000 years ago. Call 407.646.2145 or visit boxoffice@rollins.edu

November 4 and November 5 in Steinmetz Hall

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Presents

Emanuel Ax and The Rite of Spring

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

In all its classic elegance, the remarkable Emanuel Ax contrasts Mozart’s stately piano concerto No. 25 with Stravinsky’s super-work. You have no choice but to abandon yourself to the electrifying rhythms of the Rite of Spring — a thrilling cerebral-visceral experience. 

November 10 to December 16

Winter Park Playhouse Presents

“A Swingin’ Christmas: The Holiday Music of Tony Bennett”

Ring in the holidays with an evening of Tony Bennett songs! Featuring 18 classic holiday tunes plus the hits that made Bennett famous, like “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Good Life, and Tony’s signature “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Call 407.645.0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org

November 13 to December 23

Orlando Family Stage Presents

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

First Grader Junie B. Jones is super-excited about her school’s upcoming “Secret Santa” gift exchange, but tattletale May is ruining all the fun. When Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she has the perfect plan to teach her ‘frenemy’ a lesson! OR will the joyful Christmas spirit interfere? Call 407.896.7365 or visit orlandofamilystage.com

November 15 at 8 p.m.

Dr. Phillips Center Presents

Chris Tucker “The Legend Tour”

The Award-winning Super-Star actor, producer, comedian and CEO of his own company, Chris Tucker, will make the Central Florida season a little brighter – and a lot more controversial – when he brings his act to the Dr. Phillips Center.

November 17 and November 18 in Steinmetz Hall

Central Florida Community Arts Presents

“Symphonic Disney”

Celebrating 100 years of Disney magic, Florida’s LARGEST symphony orchestra will celebrate the genius of Disney’s greatest music. This fantastic concert will present a lifetime of favorite musical experiences for the whole family, featuring musical happiness from Broadway, movies, animation and theme parks.

November 24 to December 23

The Garden Theatre in Winter Garden Presents

“Moonshine & Mistletoe: An Appalachian Christmas Tale”

The Ballards welcome family and friends into their Appalachian mountain home to celebrate Christmas Day. Amid the Great Depression, they have no gifts to exchange, but instead, they share their love of Appalachian hymns and carols. Call 407.877.4736 or visit gardentheatre.org

November 25 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Steinmetz Hall

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Presents

“Home for the Holidays”

Experience a lively new, re-imagined “Home for the Holidays” under the baton of Conductor Mauricio Céspedes-Rivero filled with music and surprises for the holidays – a perfect way to ring in your holiday season with friends and family, holiday favorites and some holiday surprises. Call 407.770.0071 or visit orlandophil.org

November 29 to December 4

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents


By Charles Dickens | Adapted by Jim Helsinger

One of Orlando’s favorite holiday traditions finds the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge greeting each Christmas with a “bah humbug” – UNTIL he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Witness the heartwarming story of Orlando Shakes’ holiday tradition in a magical spectacle for the whole family. Call 407.447.1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org

November 30 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. 

The Morse Museum Presents

“Christmas In the Park” with the Bach Festival Choir

For 45 years, the Morse Museum has launched the holiday season when the museum lights its Tiffany windows in Central Park and presents the Bach Festival Choir and Brass Ensemble in concert. The event, FREE to the public, begins at 6:15 p.m. when the beauty of the windows, combined with the Choir, presents a truly unique event for the whole family. Visit morsemuseum.org

November 26 in Steinmetz Hall

Messiah Choral Society Presents

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah is a free event – seating is on a first-come basis.

Considered one of the most magnificent masterworks of all time, the Messiah features the “Hallelujah Chorus” and a host of other glorious orchestrations. The Messiah Choral Society celebrates 51 years of presenting Florida with the FREE performance of this masterwork, accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists and conducted by music director John Sinclair. Ticket information at messiahchoralsociety.org

The Orlando Ballet Presents THE NUTCRACKER

at the Dr. Phillips Center

December 3 to December 19

Orlando Ballet’s enchanting annual favorite, The Nutcracker, is extra special this year as the Orlando Ballet presents a spectacular NEW production of the beloved story of a Godfather’s Christmas gift of a toy nutcracker that comes to life and transports Clara to a world of wonder. Patrons will follow a magical journey to a sugar-plum world of fantasy and fun, complete with the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snowland and Mother Ginger.

Visit drphillipscenter.org or call 844.513.2014 unless otherwise indicated.   


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