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    Philadelphia has no shortage of holiday entertainment this year! Enjoy a variety of plays, musicals, dance performances, comedy shows, and more on this guide brought to you by PNC Arts Alive Holiday Spectacular!

     

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    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

     

    Escape to the Land of Sweets for the Philadelphia region’s most beloved holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. For 46 years, families have created yuletide memories with Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of this classic tale. The simple story of a girl, a gift, and a fanciful dream is made magical by opulent sets and costumes, the charm of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet students, and the impassioned artistry of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. The celebrated Philadelphia Boys Choir raises their voices with the magnificent Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra to bring Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score to life.

    Mannheim Steamroller, by Chip Davis, has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!

     

    The Walnut Street Theatre is proud to present Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Our holiday magic begins when a troupe of actors appear at the historic Walnut Street Theatre to set up and perform the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. We all know this grumpy old miser's response to holiday cheer is "Bah, Humbug." Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for his family. But on one remarkable Christmas Eve, he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. With their help, can Scrooge change his ways? You and your favorite kids are in for a treat with a special hour-long adaptation which uses original and traditional songs to highlight Dickens' powerful story. Deck the halls as our holiday spirits travel beyond the footlights, right into your very own heart. 

    A Philadelphia tradition! On original Baroque instruments, Handel's Messiah celebrates the Story of the Season. Bright trumpets, grand voices of choristers and dazzling soloists excite and uplift. From haunting melodies to the great "Hallelujah Chorus", this is Christmas at its best!  These performances are some of the most popular on Funsavers throughout the Holiday season as well - make sure to purchase your tickets early! 

    New York City-based string quartet Well Strung derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today. The group, conceived by producer Mark Cortale and Chris Marchant, will present A Well-Strung Christmas in their debut engagement at the Kimmel Center. A Well-Strung Christmas includes the most beautiful and traditional melodies, such as Silent Night to irreverent “newly observed” versions of things like I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and the famous Sleighride, to George Michael’s This Christmas… and everything in between. There will be opportunities for the audience to participate and walk away from the evening’s holiday celebration with some special moments they will remember and keep close to their hearts. You might even see a little snow! 

    More great holiday shows and performances!

    Find more fun holiday events on our PNC Arts Alive Holiday Spectacular page and sign up for Funsavers to get 1/2-price tickets for more great events in Philly!  

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