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 four cities in Wisconsin that offer holiday shows this season. Choose from dance, drama, or musical comedy; there's something for everyone to enjoy. What better way to celebrate the season while staying warm!


Phipps Center for the Arts

Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, Nov 18-Dec 18, 2016

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, Nov 3- Dec 23, 2016

With their ever-popular Christmas program, Fireside is sure to make 2016 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, 2016

The Nutcracker, Dec 10-26, 2016

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. Spend the night at the Madison Concourse Hotel, and the next morning visit the Wisconsin Historical Museum, before grabbing lunch at the Old Fashioned.


Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Black Nativity, Dec 1-11, 2016

The Nutcracker, Dec 10-27, 2016

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (Presented by First Stage), Nov 25- Dec 31, 2016

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.