Whether you are a theater aficionado or just someone who likes the occasional concert, opera, or ballet, thisis the season to try something new. The DFW Metroplex has a diverse holiday entertainment calendar that rivals any city in America. So get out and experience these great shows and venues with someone you love:
1. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
December 22 at American Airlines Center
This brand-new Trans-Siberian Orchestra show has to be seen to be believed. The story is about a runaway girl who takes refuge in an abandoned theater on Christmas Eve, meets the Ghosts of Christmas, and learns her own worth. The rock band’s concerts are visually dazzling, featuring giant video screens, a pyrotechnics display on par with many cities’ New Year’s celebrations, and more lasers than Star Wars. Composed of four original members, the group’s touring lineup is swelled with entire string sections, dozens of extra musicians, and choirs.
2. Broadway Christmas Wonderland: The Holiday Show
Until December 18 at Music Hall, Fair Park
This Christmassy concert revue will be just the thing to get you in the festive spirit! Join Santa’s high-kicking chorus girls (and guys) as they belt out a medley of your favorite festive tunes including White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, Deck the Halls, and Rocking around the Christmas Tree! This show proves that Christmas glamor isn’t just for the Rockettes. With over 1,000 gorgeous costumes between the 30-strong cast, this family-friendly production provides a colorful and upbeat celebration of all things Christmas, perfect for those dark and chilly nights!
3. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
December 29 at Bass Hall (Fort Worth)
Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis directs and co-produces this show, featuring classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller, all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Christmas Tour. The group’s first Christmas album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, was released in 1984 and revolutionized the Holiday Season music category. In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest-running tours in the music industry.
4. A Christmas Carol
Until December 28 at Wyly Theatre
Scrooge is back! And she’s cranky as ever! In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is immersed in the story with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling from the sky. Full of traditional Christmas hymns in fresh, toe-tapping musical arrangements, joyful bursts of choreography, and eye-popping special effects, this is Dallas’ “must-see” holiday tradition. Don’t miss this all-age musical treat the Dallas Morning News calls “socially conscious… and theatrically spectacular.”
5. John Denver – Rocky Mountain Christmas
John Denver’s songs could reach the highest mountain and touch the depth of your heart. Be there for “Rocky Mountain Christmas,” Jim Curry’s heartwarming holiday tribute to John Denver. Experience timeless classics: Annie’s Song and Rocky Mountain High as well as Christmas hits including Christmas for Cowboys and A Baby Just Like You. People tend to get emotional at John Denver tributes. Combine that with the holidays and you might, too.
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