The Twelve Shows of Christmas

Posted Nov 30th, 2018 in Weekend Wish List

Theatre lovers can rejoice this holiday season because the theaters of Downtown Wilmington are staging 12 festive shows to delight audiences of all ages.

The First Festive Show is 1 of 3 different versions of The Nutcracker being presented this year!
Ballet for Young Audiences – The Nutcracker
This 60-minute narrated ballet tells the story of Clara, a young girl, who is transported to a magical land where she fights giant mice, meets the Sugar Plum Fairy, and dances with the Nutcracker Prince. At Thalian Hall, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Event Details


The Second Festive Show is another version of The Nutcracker!
City Ballet – A Carolina Nutcracker
This is a full-length traditional production of the beloved holiday ballet.
At The Wilson Center, CFCC, Dec 1 and 2. Event Details


The Third Festive Show is by 3 Redneck Tenors!
A 3 Redneck Tenors – Xmas Spec-Tac-Yule-Ar
This show has been described as “downhome laughs with big city music”, pulling from Gospel, Country, Broadway, Pop, and Classical influences. At Thalian Hall, Dec 19. Event Details


The Fourth Festive Show is the holiday movie, “Elf,” which has a matinee at 4!
The movie, Elf
This festive movie is about Buddy (Will Ferrell) who was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. The fun starts when he travels to New York in search of his father. At Thalian Hall, Dec 17 and 18. Event Details


The Fifth Festive Show is the final version of The Nutcracker and features dancers from 5 countries! Wilmington Ballet Co. presents, The Greater Wilmington Nutcracker
A winner of Encore Magazine’s “Best Theatrical Show in Wilmington”, this production features unique elements including aerial artists, stilt walkers, high-tech digital imagery, and more. At The Wilson Center, CFCC, Dec 15 and 16. Event Details


The Sixth Festive Show has tickets for 6 different dates!
A Christmas Carol
Broadway heavy-hitters Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast) and Lynn Ahrens, breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol staged by Thalian Association Community Theater. At Thalian Hall, Dec 7, 8, 9 and 14, 15, 16. Event Details

The Seventh Festive Show is the return of “It’s a Wonderful Life” after 7 successful screenings! 
It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra’s iconic holiday film is now a Wilmington holiday tradition, shown as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen.
At Thalian Hall, Dec 20. Event Details


The Eighth Festive Show features 8 performances of another elf at work.
The Santaland Diaries!
This hilarious comedy, written by David Sedaris, looks at the misadventures of working for Macy's Santaland as a disgruntled Santa’s elf.
At The Ruth and Bucky Stein Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall, Dec 6, 7, 8, 9 and 13, 14, 15 and 16. Event Details


The Ninth Festive Show is outside, free and covers 9 blocks of Downtown Wilmington!
Come on down and enjoy the fun of the 16th Annual Wilmington Holiday Parade.
In Downtown Wilmington along Front Street from Walnut St. to Church St. Dec 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Event Details  and Parade Route


The Tenth Festive Show is number 10 on our list of shows to see this season!
The Statewide Holiday Pops with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra showcases all of your festive favorites, from “Greensleeves” to “White Christmas,” and much more. Join in our traditional sing-a-long! At the Wilson Center, CFCC, Dec 19. Event Details


The Eleventh Festive Show is “Christmas Cactus.” Reserve your tickets now – only 11 more shows!
Christmas Cactus is a gumshoe caper that's a Dickens of a mystery! Join private investigator Cactus O'Riley as she solves mysteries, delivers small miracles and takes a second chance on love and sleuthing. At Theater Now, Nov 30, Dec 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. Event Details

The Twelfth Festive Show is a fun twist on the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Choose from 12 dates!
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol will take you on a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart, indeed, is opened. At The Cape Fear Playhouse Nov 29, 30, Dec 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Event Details

You don’t have to believe in magic to have a magical time in Downtown Wilmington this holiday season. Check out the Holly Jolly Holidays event calendar for updates throughout December.

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