2019 Holiday Performing Arts Guide

Holiday Happenings

If you’re in the mood for some Scrooge or craving visions of sugarplums, you’ll find a sleigh-full of theatrical offerings on stages large and small across North Carolina. A multitude of Ebenezers and Tiny Tims can be seen in live performances of A Christmas Carol, while other favorites on the seasonal roster include The Nutcracker and Black Nativity.  

Ring in the new year with First Night Raleigh, on Saturday, Dec. 31 when The Raleigh Acorn is lowered to start the New Year, both early in the evening for young families and at midnight for the older set. Or scratch your sonic-nostalgic itch and ring in the new year with the Classical Mystery Tour, the Asheville Symphony’s tribute to the Beatles.
Cap off the holiday season by attending the 35th Annual Kwanzaafest presented by the African American Dance Ensemble and the Durham Arts Council.
Statewide Holiday Pops, Goldsboro, New Bern, Tarboro, Jacksonville, Wilmington, Chapel Hill, Southern Pines
Presented by the N.C. Symphony
November 26 – December 23
Presented by the N.C. Symphony
November 27 – November 30
Presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
November 29 – December 29
Presented by Flat Rock Playhouse
November 29 – December 22
A Christmas Carol, Greensboro, N.C.
Presented by Triad Stage
November 29 – December 24
Presented by the Winston-Salem Symphony
November 30 – December 1
Presented by Triad Stage
December 1 – 22
Presented by the Actors Theatre of Charlotte
December 3 – 22
Handle With Care, Asheville, N.C.
N.C. Stage Company
December 4 – 22
Away in the Basement, Sanford, N.C.
Presented by the Temple Theatre
December 5 – 22
Presented by Marlumor
December 6 – 7
The Nutcracker, Charlotte, N.C.
Presented by the Charlotte Ballet
December 6 – 23
Handel’s Messiah, Charlotte, N.C.
Presented by The Charlotte Symphony
December 6 – 7
Presented by the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
December 7
The Nutcracker, Raleigh, N.C.
Presented by the Carolina Ballet
December 7 – 29
A Christmas Carol, Raleigh and Durham, N.C.
Presented by Theatre in the Park
December 11 – 22
Black Nativity, Raleigh, N.C.
Presented by The Justice Theater Project
December 12 – 17
Presented by The Charlotte Symphony and Carolina Voices
December 13 – 22
N.C. Black Repertory Company
December 19 – 22
Presented by Artsplosure
December 31
Classical Mystery Tour, Asheville, N.C.
Presented by the Asheville Symphony and the Classical Mystery Tour band
December 31
Presented by the African American Dance Ensemble
January 1
Click here to explore holiday open studio tours and shops at local arts councils.