Nashville Christmas Theatre, Plays, Musicals and Stage Productions
Nashville is home to a ton of great theatre groups. And there is no better time to see a show than during the holiday season. There are so many choices! From Broadway style musical productions to small community plays, you are sure to find something your family will enjoy. Plan a date night or a family outing. And if you are having out of town guests, a night at the theatre can be a great way to show off our hometown talent. Make plans in advance as lots of these production will sell out early.
Auntie Claus – Nashville Children’s Theatre (Map) November 14 – December 28, 2019
There’s something mysterioso about Sophie Kringle’s glamorous great aunt. She serves Christmas cookies at teatime, even in July! Her penthouse at the Bing Cherry Hotel glitters with Christmas lights all year long. There’s also that secretive “business trip” every year around the holidays. Determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus’ eccentric ways, Sophie embarks on an adventure that leads straight to the heart of the holidays.
A world premiere holiday musical event for the whole family commissioned for Nashville audiences by award winning writing team Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (Netflix’s Julie’s Green Room, Ever After, Junie B. Jones).
Cost : Adults $23 Children $17
Schedule and online tickets available at this link.
A Christmas Carol– Encore Theatre Company – Mt Juliet – (Map) November 15 – 24, 2019
Transcribed from the original December 23, 1938 Radio broadcast of Orson Welles and Campbell’s Theatre Playhouse. Opens Friday December 7 and runs weekends through December 16.
Friday & Saturday showtime is 7.30PM & Sunday at 2.30 pm
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical– Gaylord Opryland Hotel (Map) November 16 – December 27, 2019
The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.
November 16 – December 27 Grand Ole Opry House
Tickets from $25 – $90 depending on seat/showtime
Nuncrackers (The Nunsense Christmas Musical)– Hendersonville Performing Arts Company – (Map) November 29 – December 15, 2019
The NUNSENSE Christmas Musical NUNCRACKERS is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil and four of Mount Saint Helen’s most talented students. Featuring all new songs, including “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are Us” and “It’s Better to Give than to Receive,” this show is filled with wacky NUNSENSE humor, some of your favorite carols, and a “Secret Santa” sequence featuring audience participation. Certain to tickle your funny bone and likely to tug at your heartstrings, NUNCRACKERS is the perfect way to make your holiday season merry and bright!
Cost: Adults – $18
Seniors – $15
Children – $15
A Tuna Christmas– Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre Backstage – Nashville – (Map) November 29 – December 31, 2019
Patrick Barlow’s A Christmas Carol – Nashville Repertory Theatre @ TPAC – (Map) November 29 – December 22, 2019
It’s Not What You Expect!
Join us for the holiday party of the year! The Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future journey through time to remind an iron-hearted Scrooge what Christmas is truly about. This thrilling adaptation by Patrick Barlow brings Charles Dickens’ most beloved characters to life using five actors, imaginative props, and mesmerizing design. A true celebration of theatre and the holiday season, Barlow’s “A Christmas Carol” is a magnificent twist on this timeless story of redemption. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll leave Nashville Rep full of holiday cheer!
Adult tickets are $25 – 64
Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas – The Renaissance Players (Map) December 5 -14, 2019
In the Gaslight Dinner Theatre of the Renaissance Center
This charming show takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December.
Director: Jarrod Clark Music Director: Whitney Williams
December 5 – 14 (Thursdays & Fridays @ 12PM, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7PM)
Adults $45 Seniors & Children $40
A Christmas Carol – A Live Radio Play– Actors Point Theatre Company – Hendersonville (Map) December 5 – 14, 2019
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials for fruitcake (extra-fancy), and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. A handful of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. A charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying “Bah Humbug!”
Elf Jr. – The Renaissance Players (Map) December 5 – 15, 2019
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. T
Adults $20 Seniors & Students $15 Children $10
A Christmas Carol Live – Capitol Theatre (Map) December 5 – December 14, 2019
Kick your Christmas Season off with the unforgettable Broadway Musical, A Christmas Carol. The timeless classic of the power of redemption is brought to life through breathtaking music and incredible dancing. Join Scrooge as he is met with 3 ghosts who give him the perspective of choosing love over fear. Won’t you join us at the Historic Capitol Theatre!
December 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 & 14
Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for children
Sanders Family Christmas – Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre – Nashville – (Map) December 5 – 21, 2019
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella– Studio Tenn (Map) December 6-29, 2019
Join Studio Tenn this holiday season with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the Tony Award®-winning family-fun musical that will delight audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. Fully equipped with an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more— this production will transport you back to a time of fairy tales and fairy godmothers! Rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this enchantingly romantic experience for anyone who’s ever had a dream!
Tickets are $30-$85.
Jingle All the Way – Chaffin’s Barn Theatre (Map) December 6-21, 2019
Can Jingle and Jangle, brother and sister Elfs-In-Training, help get Christmas back on schedule? or will they make a merry mess of things? Find out in this year’s Children’s Holiday show running every Friday and Saturday morning at 11am. Doors open at 10am.
Admission – $10
Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” – Springhouse Theatre Company – Smyrna – (Map) December 6-15, 2019
Springhouse Theatre Company, Rutherford County’s premier destination for live family theatrical entertainment, presents a holiday favorite, “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” for two weekends this December.
Cost: Adults – $15 Student – $10 (No children under 4 admitted)
A Christmas Carol – The Center for the Arts – (Map) December 6- 27, 2019
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old man who believes that Christmas is just an excuse for people to miss work and for idle people to expect handouts. He doesn’t believe in all of the good cheer and charity that the season promotes, and he makes sure everyone knows it. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business associate, Jacob Marley — a man who was as greedy and cold as Scrooge is. Marley warns Scrooge that if he continues to live so selfishly, he will spend eternity wearing the chains that his greed has built. Three ghosts visit Scrooge successively: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. They show Scrooge his error in valuing money over people. Scrooge is frightened by the bleak picture of his life and promises to change his ways. -A Christmas Carol- Rated PG-13
Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30PM
Sundays at 2PM
Adults $18 Senior/Student/Military $16 Children $14
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical – Pull-Tight Players Theatre – Franklin – (Map) December 6 – 21, 2019
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. WHITE CHRISTMAS is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions
Tickets go on sale on November 25 at 10AM. Make plans because these sell out quickly!
Doors open thirty minutes prior to curtain time. All seating is general admission. Curtain times are 7:30 PM for evening performances and 2:30 PM for Sunday matinees.
Show runs from December 6-21
Adults $20 Seniors $18 Students $15
Nashville’s Nutcracker – TPAC Jackson Hall – (Map) December 7-23, 2019
Concept, story treatment and choreography by Paul Vasterling
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony
“It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season and a harbinger of what is still to come during this most wonderful time of the year.” – Jeffrey Ellis, Broadway World (2018)
Usher in the most wonderful time of the year with Music City’s favorite holiday tradition – Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to delight both the young and young-at-heart. Join Clara and her magical friends on a journey through a spectacular dreamland.
Tickets $45 – $98
Aladdin and His Winter Wish – TPAC Polk Theater – (Map) December 12-22, 2019
“Magic for the holidays, a fun family ride!”, raves the Los Angeles Times. The age old fairytale of Aladdin is given a modern twist with pop music, from “Treasure” by Bruno Mars to Ray Charles’ “You Don’t Know Me”, magic, and comedy.
Helped by the magical Genie, Aladdin meets and falls in love with the Princess and later has to save her from the clutches of the evil magician Abanazar. With his hopeless brother Wishee Washee alongside him, will Aladdin defeat the evil magician and make all of his dreams come true?
From the producers of last year’s hit Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, Aladdin and His Winter Wish is the perfect family show all ages will wish to see this holiday season!
Disney’s Frozen Jr. – The Center for the Arts – (Map) December 13, 2019
Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
Friday December 13 @ 5:30PM & 7:30PM
The Santa Diaries– Encore Theatre Company – Mt Juliet – (Map) December 13-22, 2019
When a successful and self-absorbed Hollywood actor is forced to return to his small hometown and direct the community holiday play, he rediscovers the joy of Christmas, finds a lost love, and learns to embrace his inner Santa This musical comedy celebrates unique small-town culture while exploring universal themes It has delighted audiences of all ages, who have responded with both tears and laughter.
Friday & Saturday showtime is 7.30PM & Sunday at 2.30 pm
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Ryman Auditorium (Map) December 24
This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. The New York Times, “Hot Ticket!” Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Get tickets for the whole family now!
Tickets are $31-$91
***All times and dates were correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. Check your specific location before you head out!***