Holiday Theater

When the snow is falling, the wind is blowing, and it’s much too cold to go outside, it's time to head indoors for some onstage yuletide cheer! Here are six cities in Wisconsin that offer holiday shows in November, December, and January. Choose from dance, drama, or musical comedy; there's something for everyone to enjoy. What better way to celebrate the season while staying warm!

Eau Claire

Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre

A Carol of a Christmas, Nov 13, 2013- Jan 12, 2014

Crossing Dickens’ classic with America’s greatest sitcom characters, this new work by Fanny Hill’s theatre director is sure to be a lively Christmas hoot!

While you’re there:
Leinenkugel Brewery  in nearby Chippewa Falls is the seventh oldest brewery in the United States and has been crafting exciting new flavors for five generations. Stop in and tour the brewery and sample some of the four seasonal or the seven year round brews.

Appleton

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
A Christmas Carol, Dec 4, 2013

Let Dickens’ masterpiece take you through the past, present and future, exhibiting the transformation of Scrooge and the power of Christmas.

While you're there:
The Paper Discovery Center , housed in the former historic Atlas Mill, is unique because, as NE Wisconsin's only science and technology museum, it provides a fun, family atmosphere where you can explore the world of paper through interactive exhibits. You can even make your own paper! 

Hudson

Phipps Center for the Arts
White Christmas, Nov 1-Dec 1, 2013

Powerful songs, rousing comedy and holiday cheer are just a few of the things you’ll find at the Phipps Center!

While you're there:
Tis the season to step back in time with with a  festive Christmas tour of the unique Octagon House.

Fort Atkinson

Fireside Dinner Theater
A Fireside Christmas, Oct 31 - Dec 22, 2013

Sporting a new look for their ever-popular Christmas program, Fireside is sure to make 2013 a Wisconsin winter to remember!

While you're there:
The Five Star Antiques Mall is one of the finest antique malls in the state.

Madison

Overture Center for the Arts
Children’s Theater of Madison: A Christmas Carol, Dec 13- 23, 2013

Nutty Nut, Dec 21, 2013

The Nutcracker, Dec 14-24, 2013

Experience Christmas throughout December with the lovely Overture Center’s series of holiday performances featuring a ballet standard, a holiday theater staple and a twisted new comedy.

Make it a weekend:
Before the show, take a stroll down State Street, and maybe pick up a few last minute Christmas presents at Capitol Kids Ltd., the Chocolate Shoppe, or the University Book Store. Dine at Fresco, the restaurant located on the rooftop of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art with a beautiful view of the Capitol. Then spend the night at the Madison Concourse Hotel. The next morning visit the Wisconsin Historical Museum featuring a new exhibit, Wisconsin Innovations, before grabbing lunch at the Old Fashioned.

Milwaukee

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
White Christmas, Nov 26- Dec 1, 013

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Presented by First Stage), Nov 29- Dec 29, 2013

The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue, Dec 5- Dec 15, 2013

Irving Berlin’s songs come to life, a children’s group goes to the 80s and a sketch troupe reinvents Christmas theater at the Marcus!

Make it a weekend:
Before the show, spend a few hours wandering through the Milwaukee Art Museum, than have dinner at the Water Street Brewery, home to several award winning hand-crafted brews. Spend the night at the Pfister Hotel, a certified Travel Green Wisconsin business, enjoying everything downtown Milwaukee has to offer. Then, before you leave town, take the family to the Safe House, a spy adventure themed restaurant for lunch, followed by an afternoon at Discovery World learning about innovation, technology, environment, and exploration through interactive exhibits.

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