HolidayFun – Music and Theater for the Holiday Season

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Holiday Shows around Pittsburgh – Music, Theater, Concerts, and more for the 2019 Holiday Season

Discover the Spirit of the Holidays with one of the many Holiday Shows throughout the Pittsburgh area during the Holiday Season. From choirs to the Symphony, Children’s Theater to ballet, local artists and National shows, there is entertainment for the whole family.


22nd – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Light Up Night. Stop by Heinz Hall for free holiday concerts during Light Up Night. Enjoy your holiday favorites with performances at 630, 715, and 805PM. At Heinz Hall. FREE! City/ Entire Family https://trustarts.org/event/18584-2019/upmc-health-plan-presents-the-pittsburgh-symphony-orchestra-on-comcast-light-up-night

29th through December 14th – The Christmas Lake Effect at Little Lake Theater is a funny take on the chaos of the holidays. Will a troupe of determined thespians be able to overcome many disasters to make it to the stage for their presentation of The Christmas Carol? The show runs through December 14th. Tickets are $12-20.50. South/ Ages 12+ https://www.littlelake.org/the

29th – Ken Ludwig’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is a modern take on the traditional holiday story. Santa’s Naughty and Nice list is missing. Will it be found in time for Christmas? At The Palace Theater in Greensburg. November 29th at 200PM. Tickets are $14, $22, & $29. East / Tweens and Teens https://www.thepalacetheatre.org/concerts-events/twas-the-night-before-christmas/

30th – A Very Electric Christmas at the Byham features Americas Got Talent semi-finalists, Lightwire Theater. Follow the adventures of Max, a young bird who gets blown to the North Pole, set to holiday classics in this unique show. This is family-friendly show designed for younger audiences with a run time of 60 minutes. November 30th at 200PM & 700PM. Tickets are $20-35.  City / Entire Family https://trustarts.org/production/66364/a-very-electric-christmas

30th – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is at the UPMC Events Center on the Robert Morris Campus in Moon Township PA. See the beloved holiday show come to life with Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster. Shows are at 200 & 500PM. Tickets are $28-58.   West / Entire Family https://www.upmceventscenter.com/events/2019/rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-the-musical2


1st – Branson on the Road – Christmas Style at the Palace Theater in Greensburg PA. This show is full of holiday tunes, country hits, and lots of charm and comedy. 200PM. Tickets are $25, $30, $35.  East/ Tweens and Teens https://www.thepalacetheatre.org/concerts-events/branson/

6th through 22nd – A Musical Christmas Carol December 6 – 22 at the Byham Theater. See a musical version of the Charles Dickens’ tale. Tickets are $33-62. City / Entire Family  https://trustarts.org/production/63208/a-musical-christmas-carol

6th through 29th – The Nutcracker, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker December 6th through December 29th. (Note: There is no Sensory Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker this year.) Tickets are $28-117. At the Benedum. City/ Entire Family https://trustarts.org/production/61982/the-nutcracker

7th – Handel’s Messiah is presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir in the holiday classic. December 7th at 800PM at Heinz Hall. Tickets are $38-98.  City/ Kids, Tweens, Teens https://pittsburghsymphony.org/production/62664/handels-messiah

7th – River City Brass Band Christmas Brasstacular brings together the best of instruments, choirs, and holiday music in one spectacular show. At the Palace Theater in Greensburg. 730PM. $29-31.  East/ Entire Family http://www.rivercitybrass.org/christmasbrasstacular

10th – Mannheim Steamroller Christmas rolls into the Benedum. Holiday favorites are presented in the imitable Neo-Classical style Mannheim Steamroller is known for. The show is at 800PM. Tickets are $45-85. City/ Older Kids, Tweens, Teens https://trustarts.org/production/66145/mannheim-steamroller-christmas

13th through 21st- The Highmark Holiday Pops Concert features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a holiday-themed show with performances December 13th at 800PM, December 14th at 230 & 800PM, December 15th at 230PM, December 20th at 800PM, December 21st at 800PM, and December 22nd at 230 & 700PM. Tickets are $22-99. Heinz Hall. City / Older Kids, Tweens, and Teens  https://pittsburghsymphony.org/production/62580/list_performances

14th & 15th- The Nutcracker at the Palace Theater is presented by the Westmoreland County Symphony and the Laurel Ballet Company. $14-39. December 14 at 200PM & 700PM and December 15 at 200PM. East / Entire Family https://www.thepalacetheatre.org/concerts-events/nutcracker/

17th – A Benedum Christmas – Home for the Holidays features natives of Pittsburgh performing unique versions of holiday classics. December 17th at 730PM at the Benedum. Tickets are $29-94. This show is appropriate for teens and up. City/ Teens  https://trustarts.org/production/67695/a-benedum-christmas-home-for-the-holidays

18th – Celtic Woman – The Best of Christmas December 18th 730PM. Heinz Hall. $35-95.  Share the music of the holidays with Irish sensations, Celtic Woman. City/ Older Kids, Tweens, and Teens https://pittsburghsymphony.org/production/62733/celtic-woman-the-best-of-christmas

20th – The Sounds of Christmas featuring the Latshaw Pops Orchestra is a “heartwarming celebration of the holiday season”. Singers, dancers, and the Pops Orchestra present holiday music and Christmas carols. At the Palace Theater at 730PM. $25-35. East/ Entire Family https://www.thepalacetheatre.org/concerts-events/sounds-of-christmas/

21st – Sensory-Friendly Concert, Holiday Pops, Heinz Hall 230PM. Pre-show activities start at 115PM. This special sensory-friendly, judgment-free show has many modifications for special needs individuals including a shorter 45 minute show,  house lights stay on, fidgets are provided, a quiet room is available, and guests can come and go. Tickets are $15 for families and individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder. City/ Entire Family / Special Needs https://pittsburghsymphony.org/production/67038/sensory-friendly-concert-holiday-pops

21st – Home for the Holidays with the Westmoreland County Symphony Orchestra. Spend an evening with the Westmoreland County Symphony Orchestra and the All Star Choir with holiday favorites including the chorus from Handel’s Messiah. 730PM at the Palace Theater in Greensburg. Tickets are $16-61. East/ Older Kids, Tweens, Teens https://www.westmorelandsymphony.org/event/home-for-the-holidays/

22nd – The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” at the PPG Paints Arena on December 22 with two performances at 330PM & 800PM. Tickets are $47 – 75. City/ Kids, Tweens Teens http://www.ppgpaintsarena.com/

26th through 29th – The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays. The world’s best illusionists present feats astonishing magic sure to delight the entire family. December 26th at 730PM, December 27th at 800PM, December 28th at 1100AM, 300PM, and 800PM, December 29th at 300PM and 730PM. At Heinz Hall. Tickets are $33-94. City/ Entire Family https://trustarts.org/production/63017/the-illusionists-magic-of-the-holidays\

28th – A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! On Stage. See this holiday classic come to life on stage. Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of Christmas with the help of his friends and a perfect little Christmas Tree. December 28th at 500 & 700PM. At the Byham. $35-95.  City/ Entire Family https://trustarts.org/production/66217/list_performances

For more HolidayFun including activities and more: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/holidayfun-top-25-things-to-do-in-pittsburgh-for-the-holidays/

For all of the Light Displays in our region: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/holidayfun-top-seven-christmas-light-displays-around-pittsburgh/

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