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Must-see Holiday Performances in Downtown Indianapolis!

Create fonder memories than a pair of socks or an electric drill with tickets to a holiday concert, play, ballet, musical or performance at some of Downtown Indianapolis’ top venues. Seasonal favorites are joined by new productions and offer something for everyone!  (Performances are in date order.)

A holiday classic at the Indiana Repertory Theatre – Unwrap the perfect family outing and experience the joy of the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) performance of the annual classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adapted by Tom Haas Now – Dec. 24. See Tiny Tim and the rest of your favorite characters as the IRT celebrates this tradition’s 16th consecutive year. For more information, visit or call 317.635.5277.

Help solve the holiday mystery Downtown – Christmas at the Mystery Café will feature The Ho-Ho Homicide by Nita Hardy, which will run from Now – Dec. 30 at the Milano Inn. Dress up to compliment the show and be prepared to participate! For show times and more information call 317.684.0668 or visit

Happy Feet Two at the IMAX – The sequel to the Academy Award®-winning animated hit, Happy Feet Two: An IMAX 3D Experience reunites audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica. See it in IMAX 3D on Indiana’s largest movie screen all season long. Visit or call 317.233.4629.

Don We Now Our Gay Apparel – Theatre on the Square is host to Don We Now Our Gay Apparel 2: Fall on Your Knees Now – Dec. 17. Christmas has never been Mary-er than at the Fruitcakes Bar and Grill, where the four queens take us on a Christmas journey like no other!  It’s a Yuletide bash of epic comedic proportions celebrating all things gay and bound to be a jolly good time! For more information, visit or call 317.635.5252.

Entertainment all season longDowntown is bringing top-notch entertainment to revitalize the winter spirit at the Old National Centre. Head Downtown for an evening filled with an exciting twist on your favorite carols. Be left in awe by the timeless classic Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” Dec. 4.  Experience the tradition of elegance and art portrayed through one of the world’s most treasured holiday stories. Continue the fun with a legendary night of rock n’ roll icons in the music studio with the Million Dollar Quartet, the Broadway musical smash hit Dec. 13 – 18. Bring some holiday cheer to the Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas event Dec. 19, 8 p.m. For more information, call 317.231.0000 or visit

The greatest show on Earth – Don’t miss Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® at Conseco Fieldhouse.  The megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, amazing stunts and never-before-seen performances Now – Dec. 5. Charge up by the power of performers! For more information, call 317.917.2500 or visit

Our Goose is Cooked – A Very Phoenix X-mas 6 is back with all-new material and a few returning chestnuts for your seasonal enjoyment. This year’s theme Our Goose is Cooked will include music, comedic original sketches and vaudeville dance numbers.  To be a part of this audience-driven holiday tradition, visit the Phoenix Theatre Now – Dec. 23. For more information, visit or call 317.635.7529.

Holiday shows making for a merry season – Magical holiday performances will be showcased at the Madame Walker Theatre Center.   Experience the phenomenon of The Naptown Nutcracker Dec. 2 – 4.  This interesting and fun rendition of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, is recommended for grades first through high school.  Come back to witness the lively production of Black Nativity Dec. 16 – 18.  Marvel at the birth of Jesus Christ through rousing gospel music, dance and the inspiring poetry of celebrated African-American writer Langston Hughes. For ticket information, call 317.236.2099 or visit

Yuletide Celebration – The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will host the 26th annual Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration from Dec. 2 – 23. This year conductor Jack Everly will grace the Hilbert Circle Theatre as host, along with the two renowned sisters, jazz artist Ann Hampton Callaway and Broadway star Liz Callaway. This celebration is sure to please the whole family! For more information, visit or call 317.639.4300.

Holiday Sounds – Dec. 5 – 18, school and community choirs, bands, ensembles and soloists perform holiday music in the Indiana State Museum’s Governor Frank O’Bannon Great Hall each day. Enjoy the sounds of the season in a spectacular holiday atmosphere – FREE. Performance times vary. Visit or call 317.232.1637.

A classic holiday event – Ring in this holiday season with a beloved Downtown tradition! Let the music sweep you away to another time and place with the 14th annual Classical Christmas at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. This performance will take place Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m. with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  For more information, visit or call 317.639.4300.

‘Tis the season to be jolly – Tired of the same old holiday show?  Forbidden Broadway diva and Sirius/XM Radio talk show host Christine Pedi ushers in the holiday season with There’s No Bizness Like Snow Bizness Dec. 15, 16 & 17 at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club.  This award winning comedic flair, spot-on impressions and songs of good cheer will stuff all your favorite divas like Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers and Liza Minnelli into one big holiday package. Visit or call 317.275.1169 for more info.

Indianapolis School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker – The Indianapolis School of Ballet presents its fifth annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Dec. 16 – 18 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Opening night is Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to $25. Call 317.955.7525 or visit

Enjoy the sounds of the season throughout Downtown – Take note of the holiday tunes of strings, horns and voices. Choirs, orchestras and bands are taking the stage to spread the holiday cheer.  From Classical Christmas at Scottish Rite Cathedral to a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christ Church Cathedral, these performances bring joy!  Check out the Indianapolis Artsgarden FREE performances including Merry Tubachristmas, New World Youth Concert Orchestra and many others.

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