One thing is certain, there is no shortage of festive holiday productions in the North Texas area. Dallas can boast of many, but we’re lucky to have several right here in Frisco, and many others in our neighboring cities. From holiday classics to brand new original works, we’ve highlighted a few of the must-see shows for you that are close to home!
Mark your calendar and set aside time for a couple of these performances. Taking in a festive show is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Some of these events are coming up very soon, so act fast!
The Christmas season is not complete without The Nutcracker, right? While there are several productions of this beloved classic performed around the metroplex, this is your chance to see local talent shine, with company members of The Frisco Ballet (who train at Sheena’s Dance Academy here in Frisco). These performances typically sell out, so purchase your tickets right away!
Saturday, December 9, 7:00pm, Grace Avenue United Methodist Church
The Frisco Chorale presents Positively Christmas Concert directed by Kendall Carter with Special Guests From the Chancel Choir of Grace Avenue UMC – Laurie Hanson Roberts, Director. Don’t miss this free opportunity to hear your favorite holiday tunes!
Sunday, December 10, 3:00pm-5:00pm at Westin Stonebriar Resort Hotel in Frisco
Collin County Ballet Theatre presents “Sugar Plum Fairy Tea”! You’ll enjoy delectable desserts, a Nutcracker parade, story time and performance excerpts from The Nutcracker Collin County Ballet Theatre Youth Ensemble dancers! Tickets may be purchased online.
Friday, December 15th, 7:30pm at Expedition Frisco
Frisco-based Astraios Chamber Music is proudly celebrating their 10th anniversary season with a wonderful line up of concerts. On December 15th, the New Houston Harp Ensemble will delight the audience with holiday music. The concert begins at 7:30, but come early – appetizers will be served at 7:00. Astraios invites the audience to linger after the performance for desserts and carols.
December 14th – December 16th in the new North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) theatre at the Shops at Willow Bend
In this original musical written by NTPA directors Greg McKnight and Mick McCormick, Santa has been missing for many years and there is unrest in Christmas Land. Intrigued by a completely new holiday show, I contacted Greg and asked how Nightshade came to be. According to McKnight, “Nightshade is a satire inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. Frisco Youth Theatre families have been wanting to perform The Nightmare Before Christmas; however, a stage version of that title doesn’t exist.” So McKnight set out to write his own. Full of great songs and talented local kids, this is sure to be a new holiday favorite – and hopefully a new annual tradition as well!
December 1st – 17th, starting at 6:30pm at the Black Box Theater at Frisco’s Discovery Center.
Theatre Frisco presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and Then Some!” Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. Great fun for the holiday season.
Every Friday and Saturday night through December 22nd, 6:00pm at The Star
Since opening, The Star has been filled with entertainment and the holiday season is certainly no exception. The Cowboys Christmas Spectacular takes place each week on Tostitos Championship Plaza and will feature the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, appearances by Santa, and of course, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
December 22-24 at Elevate Life Church
This free, family-friendly production is nothing short of spectacular! There are many exciting elements including singing, acting, dancing, music, lights and more. (Please note there will be LED’s, strobe lights, haze fog, loud noises and other special effects used during the performance.) Following the production, Elevate Life Church’s Lead Pastor Keith Craft will also be sharing a special message to remind us of the reason for the season.
In addition to the visually stunning show, there will be a “larger than life” 36-foot Christmas tree in the lobby, perfect for photos. Santa Claus will be in attendance, joined by a gingerbread man and hot cocoa in the lobby. General admission, priority-seating tickets can be can be reserved in advance.
Sunday, December 10, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano
This long-standing annual production that features a spectacular evening of music, with a full symphony orchestra, all of the St. Andrew choirs, and special guests, internationally renowned British a cappella group Voces8.
Monday, December 11th, 7:30pm at the Eismann Center in Richardson
It’s easy to get caught up in all the jolliness of the season and lose your focus on the true spirit of Christmas. This stage performance brings us back to the meaning of Christmas as lesser-known characters from the nativity, such as the Innkeeper and the Shepherd, recount the story of the birth of Christ.
Tuesday, December 12th, 8:00pm at the Allen Event Center
The BSO’s Christmas Rocks! tour is celebrating its 14th anniversary. The band rocks the night away, performing their top hits along with Christmas favorites. Rockabilly and swing fans will make their holiday complete with this show