The Holidays Take Center Stage in Scottsdale

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Scottsdale’s stages and concert halls are bustling with longtime favorites and innovative new shows this holiday season. Here’s a quick look at the season’s highlights:

 


A Christmas Story: The Play

Weekends from November 29 - December 22, 2019


Based on the motion picture of the same name, this presentation at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas.

 


Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve and Other Stories

December 1, 2019


Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the multi-platinum, critically acclaimed progressive rock group, brings its highly anticipated winter tour to Talking Stick Resort Arena for two incredible shows. “Christmas Eve & Other Stories” takes listeners all over the world to help reunite a young girl with her distraught father.

 


Holiday Choral Gala

December 6, 2019


Five regional choral groups combine their talents to offer a festive program of seasonal music at ASU Gammage.

 


Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here

December 7, 2019


Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Canadian Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. This year, they bring their amazing talents to the Musical Instrument Museum for a holiday concert that’s sure to please.

 


Frances Smith Cohen's Snow Queen

Weekends from December 7-22, 2019


Delight in the mystical world of sprites, gypsies and ice maidens, while young Gerda seeks to rescue Kai from the Snow Queen’s Crystal Palace. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s wintery fairy tale of the struggle between good and evil, Center Dance Ensemble brings the wicked Snow Queen to life at Herberger Theater!

 


The Nutcracker

December 13-15 and 19-24, 2019


Celebrate the joy and wonder of the holidays with Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker. Follow Clara’s wintry adventures as she battles mischievous mice and charms the Sugar Plum Fairy. With 150 performers, 100,000 Swarovski crystals, and Tchaikovsky’s cherished score performed live, Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker is the best way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family!

 


A Merry-Achi Christmas

December 14, 2019


Maestro José Hernández and his platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de México® perform treasured holiday classics and favorites from the mariachi songbook at the Scottdale Center for the Performing Arts. A graceful blend of classical, pop, jazz, swing and Broadway tunes, Hernández’s organic, irreverent renditions have become instant classics.

 


The 5 Browns: A Family Christmas

December 15-16, 2019


Now in its 15th year, the wildly popular “Irish Christmas in America” show features Irish music, song and dance in two engaging performances at the Musical Instrument Museum. This family-friendly performance features stirring Irish ballads, lively instrumentals, and thrilling Irish step dancing.

 


Irish Christmas in America

December 15-16, 2019


Now in its 15th year, the wildly popular “Irish Christmas in America” show features Irish music, song and dance in two engaging performances at the Musical Instrument Museum. This family-friendly performance features stirring Irish ballads, lively instrumentals, and thrilling Irish step dancing.

 


Assisted Living: The Home . . . For the Holidays

December 17-22, 2019


The hilarious comedy team of Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett are off their walkers once again in Assisted Living: The Musical® — THE HOME…for the Holidays, an all-new, hysterical holiday sequel to the runaway hit about the nursing home and beyond at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Christmas and retirement will never be the same!

 


The Klezmatics: A Happy Joyous Hanukkah

December 21, 2019


The Klezmatics transcend genres, blending klezmer with aching shtetl melodies, raucous Latin stomps, wild jazz riffs, and provocative global rhythms. During this holiday concert at the Musical Instrument Museum, The Klezmatics will present a contagious celebration of Hanukkah, marrying their soulful and ebullient Jewish roots to Woody Guthrie’s poignantly mesmerizing lyrics.

 


Voctave: The Spirit of the Season

December 21, 2019


This a cappella concert at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts features Voctave’s gorgeous arrangements and sets the mood for a cheerful holiday season. Perfect for the whole family!

 


A Magical Circque Christmas

December 26, 2019


Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat at ASU Gammage that’s perfect for the entire family.

 

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