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Holiday Shows in Louisville

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Holiday Shows in Louisville

Published Nov 28, 2016
Updated Jan 1, 2017

Whether you’re planning to go see “The Nutcracker” or prefer your holiday entertainment to rock with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, there is something for viewers of all ages in Louisville and Southern Indiana this season. The time will fly between now and New Year’s Eve, so plan ahead and get your tickets early before the shows are sold out!

Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol, Through Dec. 23

Experience a charming production of this beloved holiday classic at Louisville’s ever-popular Actors Theatre, filled with warmth and joyful music and rich visual delights. Get reacquainted with familiar characters like Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the ghostly spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this new take on Dickens’ classic tale.

Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks, Dec. 6

Now in its 13th year of touring, this swingin’ Christmas concert extravaganza is a favorite for music lovers nationwide and Louisville is no exception. As the ex front man of the Stray Cats, Setzer is renowned for his wildly innovative guitar style and unique sense of humor. Here, the iconic rocker performs at The Louisville Palace with an 18-piece swing and jump blues “orchestra” that includes a dizzying array of talent.

Louisville Ballet: The Brown-Forman Nutcracker, dates from Dec. 10

Take a magical journey with Marie and her Nutcracker prince and discover the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy in this ageless story, set here to beautiful costumes and breathtaking sets that feature unique Louisville-inspired touches at every turn. Hosted by The Kentucky Center, this annual holiday institution becomes more spectacular each year and always provides an ideal venue to catch the true spirit of the holidays.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dec. 17

This holiday classic is the perfect treat for young viewers and their families! Hosted in Louisville at the Brown Theatre adjacent to the famed Brown Hotel and based on the much-loved 1964 cartoon, this adaptation is a live action musical that tells a timeless tale about the great importance of friendship and respect. It also features a colorful mix of seasoned and younger performers who bring all of your favorite “Rudolph” characters to life.

Once Upon a Snowflake, through Dec. 19

Searching for something new to experience this holiday season in Louisville? This heartwarming musical at Derby Dinner Playhouse tells the story of a small snow girl with very large dreams. Of course, since no two snowflakes are the same, no two snowmen are either and as the story unfolds you are sure to catch the holiday spirit!


• First 2 Weekends in Dec: Annual Dickens Christmas Festival, KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence.
• Dec. 2-3: U of L Dance Theater Presents Clara’s Dream, School of Music’s Comstock Hall.
• Dec. 3: Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Kentucky Center.
• Dec. 3: Squallis Puppeteers Present Bigfoot’s Big Holiday, 1228 Breckinridge St.
• Dec. 3-4: Holiday Pops Spectacular, Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center, Indiana University Southeast.
• Dec. 11: Christmas at St. Brigid with the Louisville Chorus, St. Brigid Catholic Church.
• Dec. 15: Elf Jr. the Musical, Oldham County Schools Arts Center.

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