Finding the spirit of Christmas on stage

Whether you're already feeling the holiday spirit or need a push to get into the Christmas mood, here are live performances from around the state including "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol" productions. Looking for other holiday events? Our calendar also includes craft fairs, opportunities to meet Santa, tree lightings, holiday house tours, holiday strolls and plenty of other festive fun. Plus, visit our Holiday Guide page for a list of places to cut your own Christmas tree, gift ideas, recipes and everything else you might need to enjoy this merry season.

Where to see "The Nutcracker"

What's it all about? Get whisked away with Clara to the Land of Sweets with these local performances of this magical holiday tradition.

The Palace Theatre

Don’t miss this classic ballet performed by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre, accompanied by Grammy Award winning conductor John McLaughlin William and a live orchestra.

When: November 25-27, 2016
Where: The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St., Manchester
Tickets: $25-$45
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With a cast of over 50, falling snow and a growing tree, this Nutcracker performance by the NH School of Ballet is a must for the whole family.

When: Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St., Manchester
Tickets: $18
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Windham High School Theater

This full-scale professional holiday production includes a cast of 100, featuring national American Ballet Theater and Pennsylvania Ballet stars who will grace the Windham stage. Presented by the New England Dance Ensemble.

When: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 2p.m. and Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Where: Windham High School Theater
64 London Bridge Road, Windham
Tickets: $25-$35
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Lebanon Opera House

City Center Ballet presents “Clara’s Dream,” based on the beloved classic ballet story, “The Nutcracker.” Make the day even more special with a Clara's Tea event before the performance.

When: December 1-4, 2016 (Clara's Tea events on December 3-4)
Where: Lebanon Opera House
51 N. Park St., Lebanon
Tickets: $9-$32
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Oyster River High School

Begin the holiday season with a trip to the Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker in Northeastern Ballet Theatre's full-length, professional production of this classic ballet.

When: December 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. and December 4, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Where: Oyster River High School
55 Coe Drive, Durham
Tickets: $20 - adults, $17.50 - seniors/students, $60 - family of four
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Claremont Opera House

A modern twist on the traditional classic ballet, The Nutcracker. Enjoy watching all genres of dance to a mix of contemporary and classical music.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Where: The Claremont Opera House
58 Opera House Square, Claremont
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St. Paul's School

In the spirit of the holiday season, the St. Paul’s School Ballet Company will present "The Nutcracker: Act II."

When: Friday, December 9, 2016 and Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Where: St. Paul's School, Memorial Hall
325 Pleasant Street, Concord
Tickets: This abridged version of "The Nutcracker" is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
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The Rochester Opera House

A classic holiday event, this production has become a regional favorite! Tchaikovsky's glittering ballet of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker is a delight, capturing the magic and wonder of the holiday season. Sole City Dance pulls out all the stops with elaborate sets, costumes, special effects and outstanding dancers.

When: December 10-16, 2016
Where: The Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield Street, Rochester
Tickets: $26 and $22 for students and seniors.
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Concord City Auditorium

Dancers from Concord's Turning Pointe Center of Dance perform the full length ballet. This production has something for all ages a tradition not to be missed.

When: December 10, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Concord City Auditorium
2 Prince St., Concord
Tickets: $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
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Kingswood Arts Center

Begin the holiday season with a trip to the Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker in Northeastern Ballet Theatre's full-length, professional production of this classic ballet. Under the artistic direction of Edra Toth, this magical ballet is the perfect way to spend the evening with your family.

When: December 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kingswood Arts Center
21 McManus Road, Wolfeboro
Tickets: $20 - adults, $17.50 - seniors/students, $60 - family of four
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The Dana Center at St. Anselm College

Ballet Misha’s warm and original production of The Nutcracker was voted “The Best Art Event of the Year” for 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the Hippo Press. This joyful performance is a family favorite sure to put everyone in a holiday mood.

When: December 17, 2016 and December 18, 2016
Where: The Dana Center at St. Anselm’s College
Manchester, NH
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Where to see "A Christmas Carol"

From the a production of "A Christmas Carol" at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

What's it all about? Follow Srooge's journey as he learns the true meaning of Christmas in this classic play by Charles Dickens.

The Palace Theatre

Voted Best Live Theatrical Production and Best Theatre Event of the Year in Manchester by Hippo Press readers, this show has become an audience holiday favorite at the Palace.

When: Various dates and times from December 2, 2016 through December 23, 2016
Where: The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St., Manchester
Tickets: $25-$45
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The Rochester Opera House

This ghostly tale of the Past, Present and Future is brought to life in this exciting new musical adaptation. Keeping true to the original text, it draws upon the themes of time, family and society's ills to warm even the coldest of hearts. Bringing the atmosphere of Victorian Christmas traditions to the stage, this vibrant and joyous musical takes you on a journey of discovery. A journey where the true meaning of Christmas is found. With a cavalcade of colorful Dickensian characters and a ghostly quartet of guardians, "A Christmas Carol" is the perfect way to get you into the Christmas spirit.

When: December 8-23, 2016
Where: The Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield Street, Rochester
Tickets: $12-$22
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Exeter Town Hall

Prescott Park Arts Festival Production of F. Gary Newton's Adaption of the beloved tale by Charles Dickens. The historic Town Hall theatre in Exeter offers a beautiful  space for a performance, including balcony seating. Proceeds from this production will benefit the Prescott Park Arts Festival's summer programming.

When: December 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2016
Where: Exeter Town Hall
9 Front Street, Exeter
Tickets: $10-$40
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The Players' Ring

Spend the holiday season gathering with your favorite people and watching some of the season’s most beloved characters come to life before your eyes! The Players' Ring is proud to present Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for this 25th Anniversary Season.

When: December 2-23, 2016
Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays 3 & 8 p.m.
Sundays 3 & 7 p.m.
Wednesday 12/21 at 7 p.m.

Where: The Players' Ring
105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth
Tickets: $10-$15
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The Leddy Center

Directed by Elaine Gatchell with musical direction by Bruce Gatchell

When: December 2-11, 2016
Friday and Saturday evening shows at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday and Wednesday shows at 2 p.m.
Where: The Leddy Center
38c Ladd's Lane, Epping
Tickets: $20
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Crowne Plaza Hotel

Gerald Charles Dickens, the great great grandson of Charles Dickens, author of "A Christmas Carol" will appear in a one man show of the beloved holiday classic. If you haven't been to one of his shows you are missing out. 

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel
2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua
Tickets: $22.50 in advance or $25.00 at the door
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More holiday favorites on stage this holiday season

"Elf, Jr. The Musical"

What's it all about? This modern holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

When: December 9-18, 2016
Janice B. Streeter Theatre
14 Court St., Nashua
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"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

What's it all about? The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics.  Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas.

When: December 2-18, 2016
Where: Jean's Playhouse
34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln
Tickets: $16-$25
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