Holiday Music and Theater Guide for Central Florida

Holiday Music and Theater Guide for Central Florida

Holiday Music and Theater Guide for Central Florida – Theater and music are a huge part of the holidays and we’re looking for events in theater and music for your family to enjoy. Check back often as we’ll continue to add those events here for your family.

As always, our list of events will be updated throughout the season, so be sure to check back often. And, if you’ve found we missed anything, be sure to send the event our way by emailing or click here to submit the event.

Holiday Music and Theater Guide for Central Florida

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Holiday productions and concerts can help bring out the festive mood in your Central Florida family so we’ve put together some opportunities for you to enjoy these performances.

Looking for other holiday opportunities for fun, check out our additional guides below.

The Nutcracker

Orlando Public Library
November 12, 2023
More Info: Enjoy a live performance of scenes from the classic ballet The Nutcracker, presented by the Central Florida Ballet. To learn more about the Central Florida Ballet, visit

Multiple Day Performances

Russian Ballet Nutcracker

Sanford – Orlando Family Stage – Lake Eola
December 2, 8, 10, and 16, 2023
More Info: Get ready for a whirlwind of holiday magic with The Nutcracker! An eagerly awaited annual tradition, this enchanting tale is the perfect treat for the whole family. Join Clara on her extraordinary journey as she breaks the spell, turning the Nutcracker doll into a dashing prince. Together, they venture into a mesmerizing world of snowflakes and waltz their way into the enchanting realm of sweets. It’s a heartwarming adventure that’s brimming with wonder and joy, making this holiday season truly unforgettable for everyone who joins in the spectacle.

Holiday Events in Winter Garden

Winter Garden
December 1-30, 2023 | Times Vary
More Info: If you’re looking for holiday events in the Winter Garden area, we have them below for you. Winter Garden knows how to do the holidays for Central Florida families! Outdoor holiday movies, light shows, carriage tours, boutique stroll, farmer’s market, and holiday music on the plaza are here for you.

CFCArts presents A Christmas Carol the Musical

Dr. Phillips Center
weekends December 1 – 2, 2023
More Info: Central Florida Community Arts Presents A Christmas Carol the Musical featuring the CFCArts Youth Troupe at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, December 1 & 2, 2023.

Orlando Shakes presents A Christmas Carol

Orlando Shakes
weekends December 1 – 23, 2023
More Info: One of Orlando’s favorite holiday traditions! The miserly and miserable Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Witness the classic, heartwarming story of Orlando Shakes’ holiday tradition, in a magical and musical spectacle for the whole family.

Oh What Fun! Holiday Festival

Lake Nona
December 7 – 23, 2023
More Info: Watch as Lake Nona Town Center transforms into a winter wonderland, known as Peppermint Square, with a calendar full of celebrations and events for our 6th annual Oh, What Fun! Holiday Festival.

Symphony Serenade: Holiday Strings

Bok Tower
December 7-8, 2023
More Info:
Enjoy an intimate holiday concert experience with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. This program is specially curated by the musicians performing them. This evening of beautiful holiday music will feature outstanding OPO Principal Musicians plus a few special surprise guests.

Altamonte Springs Holiday Concerts & Santa

Cranes Roost Park
December 8, 15, 22, 2023
More Info: Enjoy live music from artists performing holiday hits and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Plaza. Food and beverages available for purchase. Admission is free

Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
December 8-10, 2023
More Info: St. Luke’s UMC is excited to present Sounds of the Season, our annual Christmas Concert event in the Sanctuary on December 8-10! This year’s event features a massive Community Choir, spirited dancers, and the lush sounds of a live orchestra as we celebrate all the sounds and exuberant joy of this season!

Orlando Ballet Nutcracker

Dr. Phillips Center
December 8-24, 2023
More Info: In honor of our 50th Anniversary, Orlando Ballet is thrilled to present the World Premiere of a ground-breaking production of The Nutcracker. This from-scratch, Broadway-caliber production will be the largest ever created by an Orlando-based performing arts organization, featuring enchanting new choreography, stunning costumes, fantastical sets, and magical stage elements.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.

Trinity Prep School
December 15-16, 2023
More Info: Filled with holiday hits like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr. features all of your favorite characters, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Because of his shiny nose, Rudolph doesn’t feel like he belongs in Christmastown and sets off to find a place that accepts him. Along his journey, he encounters fellow misfits, only to realize that home is where he has belonged the whole time. When a storm threatens to keep Santa’s sleigh from taking flight, it’s up to Rudolph to save Christmas!

Single Day Performances

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Home for the Holidays

Central Florida
November 25, 2023
More Info: By purchasing a ticket you are authorizing the Dr. Phillips Center to share your info with show producer. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. The views and opinions expressed within this show are those of the artist(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Dr. Phillips Center.

Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker

Dr. Phillips Center
November 25, 2023
More Info: Take a journey with Clare through her enchanted dream where she travels with the Chocolate Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Together they tour the world, visiting Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, India, Spain and other lands on their way to the Kingdom of Toys. Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker is described as Soulful, Bold, Colorful, Exciting, Lively and Delightful! A holiday treat for the entire family! 

Longwood Holiday Jazz Performance and Tree Lighting

November 30, 2023
More Info: Longwood City Commissioners will light the new 22 ft Christmas tree at Reiter Park followed by a concert by Lyman High School Jazz Band! Enjoy music and food trucks with family a friends!

City of Orlando Tree Lighting

Lake Eola Park | Orlando
December 1, 2023
More Info: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to ring in the holiday season and help countdown to the lighting of the City of Orlando’s Christmas tree at Lake Eola Park’s Washington Plaza. The event will include holiday performances at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, food trucks and a holiday market. 

11th Annual Violectric® Holiday Show

Lake Eola
December 9, 2023
More Info: erforming together LIVE on stage, renowned “Vinylinist” and Founder of Violectric® Michelle Jones and the talented musicians of the Central Florida strings super-group announce the exciting 11th Annual Violectric® Holiday Show rocking into the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, December 9, 2023 starting at 7pm.  FREE and open to the public, the 90-minute live concert presented by the City of Orlando Department of Families, Parks and Recreation will feature traditional holiday songs like O Christmas Tree, The First Noel and Hanukkah, O Hanukkah mashed up with classic rock tunes and modern hits like Born to Run, Heroes and Sweet Dreams, delivering a fun-filled, energetic and highly unique holiday show unlike anything seen and heard before and simulcast all around Lake Eola.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage!

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
December 10, 2023
More Info: Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage! at Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3:00 PM.

Pentatonix The Most Wonderful Tour Of The Year

Amway Center
December 13, 2023
More Info: Enjoy Pentatonix: The Most Wonderful Tour of the Year at Amway Center!

The Nutcracker

Reiter Park – Longwood
December 15, 2023
More Info: University Performing Arts Centre presents The Nutcracker sponsored by Massey services!
Join us this year on Friday December 15th at Center Lake Park in Oviedo, FL. The first show will start at 5pm and the second at 7:30pm.

Orlando Big Band: A White Christmas

Ritz Theater Sanford
December 17, 2023
More Info: The Orlando Big Band returns to present a spirited celebration of Christmas with a sing along of all your holiday favorites. The Andrews Sisters will ring in Christmas for you with “Jingle Bells.” There will be a “Sleigh Ride” to enjoy, of course. Buglers will fill the air. Erin will ask “Santa Baby” for a few small things, and rings. It’s time to Keep Calm and Carry On as we usher in Christmas like only the OBB can do. Bring your family and holiday guests to this extraordinary Big Band performance.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Amway Center
December 22, 2023
More Info: Enjoy the concert at Amway Center!

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