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Family-Friendly Holiday Shows to See in 2023

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Before we know it, the holiday season will be here! Whether you like to plan an outing for the whole family or take a more intimate trip to your local theatre, this is the perfect time to introduce a new tradition to your schedule. Read below for a list of the must-see holiday shows that are touring in 2023.

Pentatonix: The Most Wonderful Tour of the Year

Nov. 14 – Dec. 21

This charismatic five-member a capella group will embark on another holiday tour this November. Pentatonix, which was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this year, has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and won several Grammy Awards for their harmonic arrangements of popular music. The group is also preparing to release its seventh holiday album this October, making this the perfect time to catch Pentatonix on tour. Some of their most popular holiday hits include “12 Days of Christmas” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Nov. 14 – Dec. 30

If you prefer your holiday music with a rock twist, take a look at the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas schedule. Producer and composer Chip Davis debuted Mannheim Steamroller in 1974. A decade later, this groundbreaking group took a chance on its first holiday album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, and it paid off. The LP was eventually certified 6x platinum by the RIAA and nearly every album since has reached No. 1 on the Holiday Albums chart. Mannheim Steamroller is one of the world’s most popular Christmas acts of all time having sold more than 31 million albums.

Mariah Carey

Nov. 15 – Dec. 17

The queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, announced a 13-city North American tour to kick off the holiday season. Merry Christmas One And All will start Nov. 15 in Highland, Calif., and stop at arenas in cities like Chicago, Pittsburgh and Boston. Don’t miss what is sure to be a show-stopping performance of her infectious 1994 hit “All I Want For Christmas is You.” It was the lead single off her first holiday album, Merry Christmas, and is certified 12 times platinum by RIAA. In 2023, the song was selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Recording Registry.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Nov. 15 – Dec. 30

Trans-Siberian Orchestra announced its 2023 tour, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More. As a perennial favorite, TSO is expected to draw big crowds for its 104 planned shows in 62 cities across North America. This year’s show is a nod to the group’s 1999 album and television film, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” which follow a young girl who runs away from home, but is guided back right before midnight and reunited with her family.

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Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland

Nov. 15 – Dec. 24

With eye-catching Cirque acrobatics and artistry, plus an extra sprinkle of holiday magic, Holiday Wonderland has become a fast favorite for kids and adults alike. Holiday Wonderland is produced by Cirque Musica, who has also brought shows like Rhapsody, Heroes and Villains, Crescendo and Symphonic to the stage. The plot follows Caroline, the CEO of a big company, who is pulled into her favorite storybook during a visit to her aunt and uncle’s house. Striving for connection, she meets several interesting characters who are keeping the Christmas spirit alive in their own ways.

Lindsey Stirling’s Snow Waltz 2023 Tour

Nov. 16 – Dec. 31

You will not want to miss Lindsey Stirling, the innovative dancing violinist, as she takes the stage with her Snow Waltz 2023 Tour. Stirling rose to fame following a quarterfinals appearance on America’s Got Talent. She released her first Christmas album Warmer in Winter in 2017 and second, titled Snow Waltz in 2022. Her enchanting and theatrical shows feature her playing dancing while elevating classical music with a modern flare.

Elf in Concert

Nov. 17 – Dec. 29

Celebrate 20 years of Will Ferrell’s holiday classic with Elf in Concert tickets. This family-friendly event features a live symphony orchestra playing along to John Debney’s score. Elf was released in 2003 and grossed $220 million worldwide. It follows Buddy, a human who was raised as an elf after a Christmas Eve mishap, as he returns to New York City in search of his family. In two short decades, Elf has become a holiday mainstay and even inspired its own Broadway musical. Just like Old Saint Nick, this production will embark on a whirlwind tour stopping in more than 30 cities around the world.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Nov. 17 – Jan. 1, 2024

The Rockettes return to the stage this November for the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This year’s production will include nine show-stopping numbers like “Dance of the Frost Fairies” which was reimagined in 2022 with fairy drones accompanying the dancers, who are also dressed as winged fairies. The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, has delighted more than 70 million people around the world with its innovative, yet nostalgic show.

Sara Evans

Nov. 24 – Dec. 16

Following her induction into the Grand Ole Opry, Sara Evans will embark on her Go Tell It On The Mountain Christmas Tour. Evans released her first studio album in 1997 and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s US Country chart the following year with the single “No Place That Far.” Her most commercially successful album was 2000’s Born to Fly, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA, and its lead single helped her earn a Country Music Award for Video of the Year. Evans released her first holiday album, At Christmas, in 2014.

Martina McBride

Nov. 24 – Dec. 17

Country superstar Martina McBride will hit the road for The Joy of Christmas Tour, commemorating 25 years of her first holiday album White Christmas. She is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of her sophomore album The Way That I Am, which helped catapult her to stardom. McBride has six No. 1 hit singles and has sold more than 23 million albums to date. Most recently, McBride joined Wynonna Judd on The Final Tour.

Brett Eldredge

Nov. 24 – Dec. 21

Country singer Brett Eldredge announced the return of his annual Glow Live Tour which will kick off with three nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The tour takes its name from his popular 2016 Christmas album but will surely include songs from his 2021 release Mr. Christmas, as well. Snow, which featured songs like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “The Christmas Song” reached No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart. Eldredge started the Glow tradition in 2016 and has toured every year since, minus 2020.

Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

Nov. 26 – Dec. 10

These two accomplished artists, and longtime collaborators, are teaming up for a holiday tour that will showcase their eight combined holiday albums. Michael W. Smith began writing for Amy Grant, and several other gospel artists through Meadowgreen Music. In 1982, he joined Grant on tour as her keyboardist and the two have continued to work together through the decades. Before long, he became her opening act and began releasing his own music. Grant is one of the most successful Christian artists of all time having sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and won six Grammy Awards.

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour

Nov. 26 – Dec. 16

The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour will return Nov. 26 with a star-studded lineup that features artists like Olivia Rodrigo, SZA, Jelly Roll and Sabrina Carpenter. The annual Madison Square Garden show is slated for Dec. 8 with Doechii, Big Time Rush, OneRepublic, David Kushner and Melanie Martinez joining the fold. The 11 stops will feature a slightly different lineup making for a new experience each night on the road.

LeAnn Rimes

Dec. 8 – Dec. 21

Genre-bending pop and country star LeAnn Rimes announced a limited run of dates for Joy: The Holiday Tour which includes two nights at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas, Nev. Rimes released her first album in 1991, but gained popularity with 1996’s Blue which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. She plans to play festive holiday tunes as well as her own original hits. Her most recent album, God’s Work, was released in September 2022.

The Nutcracker

This beloved holiday classic from Tchaikovsky is so popular that we cannot possibly link to every show. Fortunately, you can view all upcoming showtimes in your area on The Nutcracker ballet page, which automatically shows local events first. That includes Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is home to the longest-running North American showing of The Nutcracker, and even newer adaptations like The Hip Hop Nutcracker.

Holiday Show Tickets

There are so many ways to make the holiday season special from concerts to dance performances, movies and even drive-through exhibits with twinkling lights. Start planning now to secure your seats with holiday concert tickets from TicketSmarter and make new memories this year with friends and family.