Holiday Performances in Downtown Indianapolis
By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
Create lasting memories 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 ofthe annual classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adapted by Tom Haas Nov. 23 – Dec. 24. See Tiny Tim and the rest of your favorite characters as the IRT celebrates this tradition’s 17th consecutive year. For more information, visit www.irtlive.com or call 317-635-5277.
Don We Now Our Gay Apparel
Theatre on the Square is host to Don We Now Our Gay Apparel: 3D – Christmas in Your Face! Nov. 23 – Dec. 22. See the yearly sacrilegious send-up of everything Christmas! 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 www.tots.org or call 317-635-5252.
Help solve the holiday mystery Downtown
Christmas at the Mystery Café will feature A Holiday Recipe for Murder by Nita Hardy, which will run from Nov. 23 – Jan. 5 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 www.themysterycafeindy.com.
Holiday fun in the Fieldhouse
Don’t miss Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, amazing stunts and never-before-seen performances Nov. 29 – Dec. 2. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing, “The Lost Christmas Eve” Dec. 9 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This year’s show is sure to start the holiday season off right featuring the hit single, “Wizards in Winter,” as well as longtime crowd favorites, “Christmas Nights in Blue” and “Siberian Sleigh Ride.” Enjoy brand new songs and classics. For more information visit www.livenation.com orwww.bankerslifefieldhouse.com or call 317-917-2500.
Getting’ Figgy With It
A Very Phoenix X-mas 7 is back with all-new material and a few returning chestnuts for your seasonal enjoyment. This year’s themeGetting’ Figgy With It will include music, comedic original sketches, sock monkeys and dance numbers. To be a part of this audience-driven holiday tradition, visit the Phoenix Theatre Nov. 29 – Dec. 23. For more information, visit www.phoenixtheatre.org or call 317.635.7529.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will host the 27th annual Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration Nov. 30 – Dec. 23. Conductor Jack Everly will grace the Hilbert Circle Theatre as host, along with the Indy’s own, Angela Brown and Broadway star Ben Crawford. This celebration is sure to please the whole family! For more information, visit www.indianapolissymphony.org or call 317-639-4300.
Entertainment all season long
Downtown 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 to add to your holiday traditions. Take the kids to see Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite at 12 & 3 p.m. Dec. 2. The acappella styling of Bloomington’s own Straight No Chaser is putting the harmony in the holidays Dec. 7 and 8. Buddy Valastro aka The Cake Boss will talk about his family, show, bakery and have a decorating contest amongst the audience Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 317-231-0000 or visitwww.livenation.com/venue/murat-centre-tickets.
It’s a Wonderful Life Downtown
Brighten your holiday season while benefiting Indianapolis Downtown beautification at the movies! The United Artists Circle Centre 9 Theatre is showing It’s a Wonderful Life Thursday, Dec. 6 starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction at 5 p.m. Tickets for the evening are only $5. For more information, check out www.indydt.com.
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 15th annual Classical Christmas at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. This performance will take place Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m. with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visitwww.indianapolissymphony.org/ or call 317-639-4300.
Dec. 10 – 22, 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 www.indianamuseum.org or call 317-232-1637.
‘Tis the season to be jolly
Nothing warms the bones on a cold winter’s night like the smooth sultry vocals of Shannon Forsell, Brenda Williams and The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. Listen to holiday classics such as “The Christmas Song,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and a dab of instrumentals from the infamous TV cartoon special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Be there Dec. 12, 13, 14 and 15 at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club. Visit www.thecabaret.org/ or call 317-275-1169 for more info.
Indianapolis School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker
The Indianapolis School of Ballet presents its sixth annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Dec. 21 – 23 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Opening night is Friday, Dec. 21at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to $25. Call 317-955-7525 or visit www.indyballet.org
Enjoy the sounds of the season in the Artsgarden
Take note of the holiday tunes of strings, horns and voices. Choirs, orchestras and bands are taking the stage to spread the holiday cheer. Check out the Indianapolis Artsgarden FREE performances. www.indyarts.org
For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222. For holiday event listings, visit AroundIndy.com at http://aroundindy.com/wordsearch.php?keyword=holiday+events.