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!


Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
The Nutcracker, Dec 6 & 7, 2014

Watch in awe as talented local dancers tell the classic holiday tale of Clara’s adventures with the Prince and his army of toy soldiers, the Mouse Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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! 


Phipps Center for the Arts
Scrooge's Christmas Carol, Dec 4-14, 2014

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:
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 30 - Dec 21, 2014

Sporting a new look for their ever-popular Christmas program, Fireside is sure to make 2014 a Wisconsin winter to remember!

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


Overture Center for the Arts
Children’s Theater of Madison: A Christmas Carol, Dec 12- 23, 2014

The Nutcracker, Dec 13-27, 2014

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

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.


Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
The Nutcracker, Dec 13- Dec 27, 2014

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (Presented by First Stage), Nov 28- Dec 28, 2014

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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