Christmas Shows in Cumberland Valley
The magic of Christmas comes alive, and to the stage, in the Cumberland Valley during the winter months. Grab the kids, friends and family and head out for a night of seasonal fun and witness the talent the Valley offers around the holidays. Celebrate Christmas by going to Carlisle's Wonderland Weekend or start planning your winter getaway by visiting our Winter Seasonal page for trip ideas, things to do and weather information.
The state-of-the-art H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University hosts a variety of acts surrounding the holiday season. In 2019, shows include (Christmas shows for 2020 will be announced in late summer):
- A Magical Cirque Christmas
- Swan Lake presented by the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa (Ukraine)
- Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
- Michael W. Smith's "Christmas"
Each year, The Playhouse at Allenberry stages a performance that is sure to get guests into the holiday spirit. In 2019, they present Meredith Willson's Miracle on 34th Street The Musical. This family-friendly and heartwarming musical is suitable for the entire family and the perfect holiday treat.
Whether this is your annual holiday tradition or a new discovery, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is a beloved masterpiece sure to delight the entire family. Immerse yourself in this captivating production featuring dazzling costumes, brilliant dancers, and magical music that will have your heart bursting with holiday cheer. Performances are held each year in December at Whitaker Center and Hershey Theatre. Performance dates are as follows:
- December 14-15, 2019 (time: Saturday at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM)
- December 21-22, 2019 (time: Saturday at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM)
During the holiday months, the retro Carlisle Theatre hosts special movies and performances to help you get into the holiday spirit including the popular tradition of presenting Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Players on High will also present It's a Wonderful Life, a touching, family-friendly production that reminds audiences of the importance of community during the holiday season.
- White Christmas
- It's a Wonderful Life
Messiah College has several holiday concerts featuring both new and familiar songs of the season, including an annual presentation of "A Candlelight Christmas" by the Susquehanna Chorale.
In 2019, Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg presents Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol. Adapted from the Charles Dickens' classic, this heartwarming Christmas tale full of family fun is appropriate for all audiences.
A number of the Valley's churches host an assortment of seasonal performances including Christmas carols, traditional hymns, classical music, and plays. See our Events Calendar for the latest information.