The holiday season is full of family traditions and one tradition everyone loves is catching a good holiday show. I love personally love The Nutcracker, but my boys prefer something a little more familiar and casual. So from holiday sing-a-longs to holiday plays, Indianapolis has something for your family to add to the holiday rotation!


A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

Sunday, December 10 at 1 pm & 4 pm
Clowes Memorial Hall

The classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. This show is designed for small children and has a run-time of 85 minutes, including intermission.


The TEN Tenors

Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30pm
Clowes Memorial Hall

A generous mix of festive favorites and modern holidays hits, The TEN Tenors will walk you through a musical winter wonderland that truly captures the essence of the Holidays for the whole family. Use the code TENOR to save $20 off the ticket price.


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 pm
Clowes Memorial Hall

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.


A Christmas Carol

November 18-December 24
Indianapolis Repertory Theatre

Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and three lively ghosts on a dark, snowy journey that leads to a bright new day of joy, hope and renewal.

Swan Lake

November 25 at 7 pm
The Tarkington

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production for the first time includes the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and features Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

Jim Brickman “A Joyful Christmas”

November 25 at 8 pm
The Palladium

America’s best-selling solo pianist marks his 21st year of heartwarming holiday performances with a new program, A Joyful Christmas, featuring carols, classics and original songs that offer an escape from the hustle and bustle.

Joy of the Season

Sunday, December 3 at 7 pm
The Palladium

Soprano Jessamyn Anderson and Santa and Mrs. Claus join the Indiana Wind Symphony to bring you songs and tales of the holiday.

The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas

Thursday, December 7 at 7:30pm
The Palladium

For nearly three decades, the country and gospel vocal quartet has mounted an annual Christmas tour featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary seasonal songs, including tunes from their seven best-selling Christmas CDs.

Completely Christmas

Thursday, December 7-10
The Studio Theater

Don Farrell and MaryJayne Waddell return to the Studio Theater stage with new songs to tickle your funny bone and warm your hearts as we celebrate the 2017 Christmas season!

The Nat King Cole Tribute

Friday, December 8 at 8 pm
at the Palladium

Two jazz veterans team up to honor a legendary pop artist with Straighten Up & Fly Right for the Holidays: The Nat King Cole Tribute with Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli.

Carmel Symphony Orchestra presents IU Health Holidays

Saturday, December 9
The Palladium

This heartwarming ‘family-friendly’ concert is a community tradition. Enjoy your favorite songs of the season – and an audience sing-along, too!

Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2017

Sunday, December 10 at 7 pm
The Palladium

An annual holiday tradition returns as Dave Koz brings special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White to perform their own hits and jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites in a high-energy show for the entire family.

Celtic Thunder Symphony Tour

Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 pm
The Palladium

On its second tour with a full symphony, Celtic Thunder will perform highlights from its most popular productions as well as songs from the chart-topping albums Celtic Thunder Christmas and The Classic Christmas Album.

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

December 15, 2017-January 7, 2018
The Tarkington

Told entirely through song, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the journey of Joseph as he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers but uses his intelligence and wit along with his ability to interpret dreams to advance and become the right hand man of Pharaoh himself.

Festival of Carols

December 15-17, 2017
The Palladium

The Midwest’s beloved holiday tradition features your favorite carols and holiday music performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and special guest artists.

Indianapolis Men’s Chorus Presents: Believe! 2017

December 15-16
The Marian University Theatre

Join the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus as we present Believe! 2017, our annual holiday concert. From classical pieces to holiday favorites, we’ve put together a program that celebrates many traditions through the holiday season.

Handel’s Messiah

December 21 & 22 at 7:30pm
The Palladium

This is the Messiah of the season, performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra along with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. And it is music’s most powerful message of faith.

Canadian Brass Christmas

Saturday, December 23 at 8 pm
The Palladium

In this special holiday performance, Canadian Brass will perform a broad range of classical, traditional and pop tunes reflecting the spirit of the season.

When you attend this and other holiday events with your family, please be sure to share your festive experiences on social media with Indy with Kids using the hashtag #PLAYindy. Follow Indy with Kids on FacebookInstagramTwitterPinterest and don’t forget to use the Indy with Kids Mobile App for up to date information on all the wonderful local holiday happenings for your family!