Holiday shows in central Alabama for 2023

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Published: Nov. 15, 2023 at 1:30 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Everyone wants so do something festive and fun with the family for the holidays. Whether you’re a fan of the performing arts, or just want a nice way to have seasonal fun while kicking back and relaxing, central Alabama has an array of wonderful holiday shows that are fun for the whole family in 2023.

Montgomery Ballet - The Nutcracker

This year will be the Montgomery Ballet’s 51st production of The Nutcracker, with several showings at various locations around the state. Visit their website to find a showing near you.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival - A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to the ASF Stage! Watch the artists of the ASF bring the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge to life on stage. The show will run from Nov. 16 - Dec. 24. Buy tickets here.

CJ’s Dance Factory - Prattville’s Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Jeff State Performing Arts Center, CJ’s Dance Factory and the Prattville Ballet present Prattville’s Nutcracker Ballet. Join Clara’s journey through the land of the snow, and the Kingdom of the Sweets set to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky! Glittery costumes, beautiful sets, and fabulous dancing make it a magical Christmas production for the whole family.

General admission is $20. Get tickets here!

City of Prattville - Christmas Variety Show

The City of Prattville hosts a show that turns local talent into a holiday celebration. Performers from Prattville and surrounding communities will take the stage to showcase their talents to the public. Canned and non-perishable foods will also be collected at the event to benefit the Autauga Interfaith Care Center food bank.

The show will be at Doster Center on Dec. 14, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Southeast Alabama Dance Company - The Nutcracker

Southeast Alabama Dance Company presents The Nutcracker. Experience the wonder and joy of the Holiday season as the dancers bring to life the classic holiday tale.

The show runs Dec. 7 - 10. A special dinner performance will be presented Friday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Dothan Civic Center box office at 334-615-3175.

Alabama Dance Works - Elf Academy

Alabama Dance works presents their original show, Elf Academy. In this whimsical dance show, the students of Elf Academy are working hard to graduate and become one of Santa’s dancing elves!

The show runs from Dec. 14 - 16 at the Dothan Civic Center.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Dothan Civic Center box office at 334-615-3175.

Patti Rutland Jazz - Santa’s Workshop

Patti Rutland Jazz presents Santa’s Workshop, a whimsical holiday tale filled with laughter, dancing, and heartwarming moments. Step into the magical world of Santa’s Workshop and embark on a zany adventure with Brittney, a young girl who dreams of becoming one of Santa’s beloved elves.

This one-time showing will be Nov. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Dothan Civic Center box office at 334-615-3175.

Atlanta Pops Orchestra - Holiday Concert and Gala Dinner

Fan favorites Atlanta Pops Orchestra returns to Dothan with special guests Maestro Jason Altieri, award-winning singer Chloë Agnew, Australian singing sensation and winner of Australia’s Got Talent, Mark Vincent. Enjoy a night of holiday cheer with masterful performances of contemporary and classic holiday favorites that the entire family will enjoy.

Event takes place Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Dothan Civic Center box office at 334-615-3175. For table seating call 334-699-8542.

Cloverdale Playhouse - The Playhouse Cabaret (Holiday edition)

The community favorite takes on a festive twist to round out the Playhouse’s 2023 Special Events Series!

On Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., the Cloverdale Playhouse will present an evening of showtunes and standards with seasonal flair! This community favorite is always well-attended.

Reserve your spot now by purchasing tickets online or by phone or email at 334-262-1530 and

Cloverdale Playhouse - UNWRAPPED! and Holiday Gifts

On Fridays, Dec. 8 and 15, the Cloverdale Playhouse will be presenting UNWRAPPED! Holiday Improv. The Playhouse Improv troupe has come up with a special lineup of holiday-themed improv games and sketches to create a unique night of seasonal hilarity.

On Saturdays, Dec. 9 and 16, the Cloverdale Playhouse will be presenting Holiday Gifts: An Evening of Readings and Songs. This will be a special night of classic and contemporary musings on the holidays, coupled with traditional carols and songs for the season, offering a sweet and sentimental outing for the entire family.

All shows start at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Purchase tickets online or by phone or email at 334-262-1530 and

Symphony Q Academy of Dance - The NutQracker

Journey into the enchanting world of Symphony Q Academy of Dance’s holiday tradition, The NutQracker (Nutcracker) at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Octagon Theatre. Attendees will be treated to a visual feast of exquisite costumes, elaborate set designs, and, one of the highlights of this year, a special aerial performance.

“Our goal is to inspire young boys and girls by showcasing an all-black cast for the first time in hopes of inspiring them to become a part of future productions. We invite everyone to join us for this festive occasion,” said Laquangela Littleton, Founder of Symphony Q Academy of Dance.

The show runs Dec. 1-3. Purchase tickets online.

River Region Harp Ensemble - Holiday Harps

Monday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., at Millbrook Presbyterian Church, the River Region Harp Ensemble presents Holiday Harps: A Christmas Carols Concert. The concert will run until 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Admission is free.

This list will be updated as new events are announced.

Know of a holiday show in the area that’s not on our list yet? Let us know so we can add it! Email us the event details at

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