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Maryland Christmas Concerts and Holiday Performances

It doesn't feel like Christmas without hearing beloved holiday music live or catching a classic Christmas show.

This year, enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with festive holiday concerts and performances in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington D.C., Easton, College Park, and other locations around Maryland.

Featuring a fantastic lineup of big-name performers and annual favorites, this roundup is just what you need to get into that Christmas spirit.

Don't forget to call ahead to verify before attending an event! Updated for 2018. List is updated regularly. Check back often!

The Little Mermaid - 2018
Nov. 9-Jan 13. Dream along with Ariel in this musical adaptation of this classic Disney film. $44–$61. Toby's Dinner Theater, Columbia. 410-730-8311, tobysdinnertheatre.com

Ballet West: The Nutcracker - 2018
Dec. 5–9. No company holds a more storied relationship with The Nutcracker than Ballet West, which has kept the celebrated first complete American version of the ballet in its repertoire since 1963. $80–$235. The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 800-444-1324, kennedy-center.org

The Nutcracker: Glen Echo - 2018
Through Dec. 30, Thursdays-Sundays. Marionettes tell the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. $12. Sat–Sun. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org

The Nutcracker - 2018
Nov. 29-Dec. 28. Ballet performance set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. $30-$125. Warner Theater, Washington, DC. 202-889-8150, washingtonballet.org

A Christmas Carol - 2018
Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Theatre performance adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens. $30–$40. Annapolis Shakespeare Company. 410-280-1773, annapolisshakespeare.org

Merry TubaChristmas - 2018
Dec. 10. This year marks the 45th anniversary of MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS, in which hundreds of tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around Washington, D.C., play traditional Christmas music. Join in or sit back and enjoy the show! 6 p.m. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Nations Gallery starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person. Kennedy-center.org

Annapolis Christmas Show - 2018
10–11. Local artists perform a mix of original and classic holiday songs. $42. 7 p.m. Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. ramsheadonstage.com

Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays - 2018
Dec. 17. No Christmas star shines quite as bright as the talent of the legendary Darlene Love. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will bring holiday cheer to Annapolis with songs that span her celebrated career in the music industry. $90–$110. 7:30 p.m. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-5544, marylandhall.org

A Christmas Carol - 2018
Dec. 6–16. Be transported to the streets of Victorian London and the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. Buy early! $10. Colonial Players, Annapolis. thecolonialplayers.org

Annual Handel's Messiah - 2018
Dec. 1-2 The USNA Glee Club combines with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah. $21–$36. Sat., 8pm; Sun. 3pm. United States Naval Academy, Annapolis. usna.edu

Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit RED team LOW RES 225x300A Christmas Carol - 2018
Select days Dec. 7-23. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come visit Ebenezer Scrooge to thaw his frozen heart with a timeless message. This production is set in Baltimore. $19-49. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 410-244-8570, chesapeakeshakespeare.com

A Christmas Noel - 2018
Dec. 9. The 24-voice Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers perform. $10–$15. 3 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia 410-799-9321, procantare.org

Midweek Concert: A Swingin’ Nutcracker! - 2018
Dec. 7–8. Show-stopping hip-hop dancers join the BSO for this fun-filled holiday concert that riffs off of Duke Ellington's reimagining of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece. $6.50. Check for showtimes. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. bsomusic.org/calendar.aspx

A Christmas Carol - 2018
Dec. 1–2. A fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation. $40. 7 p.m. Olney Theatre Center, Olney. olneytheatre.org

Handel’s Messiah - 2018
Dec. 2. Columbia Pro Cantore will perform the Messiah with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.; performance 7:30 p.m. $10–$23. The Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake, Columbia. procantare.org

The Gift of the Mad Guy - 2018
Dec. 15. A holiday play for families about generosity. $10. 2 p.m. 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis. 443-906-0099, bbpproductions.com

Cirque Nutcracker - 2018
Dec. 13–16. The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo come to the concert hall as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular holiday-themed show. $35–$90. Performances at Strathmore and Meyerhoff. bsomusic.org/calendar.aspx

The Nutcracker - 2018
Dec. 8–9; 15–16. Presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland. The magic of Christmas and the wonder of a child merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. $30–$50. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. marylandhall.org

A Christmas Tour at Maryland Hall - 2018
Dec. 20. An evening of holiday jazz music featuring Billboard charting violinist Chelsey Green and the Green Project and local legendary Jazz Saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr. with singer/songwriter Lolita Chambers. $31. 7:30 p.m. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. marylandhall.org

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - 2018
Dec. 14–15. Featuring over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger-than-life puppets, nesting dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes. $25–$115. Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 1 and 5 p.m. Hippodrome Theatre at the France Merrick Performing Arts Center, Baltimore. france-merrickpac.com

talentmachineJingle All the Way - 2018
Dec. 14–16 and 20–23. Traditional holiday music and new energetic numbers. Holiday characters include Frosty, Rudolph, Dancing Bears and Trees and more. For all ages. $15. 7:30 p.m. St. John's College Key Auditorium, Annapolis. 410-956-0512, talentmachine.com 

Holiday Pops with Cathie Ryan - 2018
Dec. 14. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the holidays with Celtic flair this season, with Irish-American vocalist Cathie Ryan for the annual Holiday Pops concert, one of the Symphony’s most popular events. $47–$95. 8 p.m. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. marylandhall.org

A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe - 2018
Dec. 14.–15 Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics in this singalong tradition with the NSO and The Washington Chorus! This year’s program welcomes musical theater darling Ashley Brown—originator of the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway. $24–$90. Free; Fri. 8 p.m. Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. kennedy-center.org

A Christmas Carol: Baltimore - 2017
Dec. 16. Performance from the Charm City Ballet. $18-26. 1:30 and 7:30. Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills. charmcityballet.com

The Colonial Ringers - 2018
Dec. 22. The Colonial English Handbell Ringers performs holiday classics including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Away in a Jingle,” and more. $5. 2 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Bowie. colonialringers.com

Holiday Choral Concert - 2018
Dec. 16. The Encore Chorale program, conducted by Jeanne Kelly, will perform a variety of pieces including Nutcracker Jingle, December Rose, Hanukkah Flame, Festival Gloria and more. Free. 3 p.m. Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Arnold. 301-261-5747, encorecreativity.org

Messiah Sing Along - 2018
Dec. 20–23. Featuring conductor Nancia D'Alimonte whol leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel's masterpiece. $15–$89. Thurs. 7 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600, kennedy-center.org

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 2018
Dec. 23. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ features the Best of TSO and more! $42–$80. 3 p.m. Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. trans-siberian.com

All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam - 2018
Dec. 25. Millennium Stage tradition featuring host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores King Williams. Free. 6pm. The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600, kennedy-center.org

The Roots Holiday Tour – 2018
Dec. 28. Catch the Roots live on tour as the legendary hip-hop group plays a standing-room only performance to end out 2018. $70. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, Silver Spring. ticketmaster.com

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