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RCA 2022 Holiday Performance Round-Up

December 7, 2022

The holiday season is in full swing and so are the incredible holiday performances all over the country! We are thrilled to share our city guides with so many opportunities to catch beloved classic holiday tales as well as new stories you will fall in love with. 

Scroll below to check out our top picks from the East Coast to West Coast: NYC, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and LA!

New York City

New York at Christmas is almost out of a storybook, there’s so much to do, so many things to see and there is definitely no shortage of holiday cheer in the New York City arts scene! Check out our top picks for this holiday season in the area below!

A Christmas Carol is a household story with so many adaptations but Broadway’s current production, a one-man show starring Jefferson Mays is unlike any other production you will see this holiday season! 

New York City is never without a production of The Nutcracker during the holidays, but our must see is The Brooklyn Nutcracker at Kings Theatre in Flatbush. This production shows the diversity and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn, a truly stunning showcase!

If you’re a jazz fan, we’ve got two incredible performances you won’t want to miss this season at two iconic New York City spots! Chris Botti: 18th Annual Holiday Residency performances through December 28th will be at the Blue Note Jazz Club, one of the most famous jazz clubs in the city! Jazz at Lincoln Center will host Big Band Holidays December 14th through December 18th!   

Of course there cannot be a New York City Christmas without the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes! It is so much fun for the whole family with some amazing talent that feels nostalgic with modern touches to the stories!


New York, NY City Guide

Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is a beautiful city to spend the holiday season! The symphonies, the regional theatre, the stunning venues, and so much more! Check out our top picks for this holiday season in the area below! 

Arena Stage always has wonderful seasons with something for everyone and this holiday season you can see Step Afrika’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show, the perfect family outing this season! 

The Kennedy Center has a jam packed calendar with some can’t miss performances from the National Symphony Orchestra like; A Holiday Pops! With Laura Benanti and Handel’s Messiah.  


Washington, D.C. City Guide 

Chicago, IL

The Windy City is more than just freezing during the holidays, there are so many incredible performances, some traditions and some new each year! Check out our top picks for this holiday season in the area below! 

The Goodman Theatre is home to “the perfect holiday tradition” of A Christmas Carol, 45 years running! 

The Marriott Theatre has a wonderful production of A Christmas Story running through January 2nd, a classic movie brought to the stage by beloved musical theatre duo Pasek & Paul! 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra houses a can’t miss Chicago tradition for the symphony lovers, Merry, Merry Chicago is “a joyous musical celebration of the season” and is not to be missed! 


Chicago, IL City Guide 

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is home to the first American ballet company to perform ‘Nutcracker’, nothing says the holidays quite like a beautiful tradition! But don’t worry, there’s so many opportunities to catch old and new stories in other performing arts genres. Check out our top picks for this holiday season in the area below! 

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker runs through December 27th, so make sure you get to experience this beautiful and classic story this season! Smuin Ballet's The Christmas Ballet is perfect for dance lovers, it includes ballet, Broadway jazz, tap, and more! 

For fans of A Christmas Carol, check out The Great Dickens Christmas Fair to get an immersive experience until December 18th and for a more traditional theatrical experience; American Conservatory Theatre A Christmas Carol is running through Christmas Eve!    

San Francisco Symphony has a can’t miss New Year’s Eve with Seth Macfarlane, crooning your way into 2023! 


San Francisco, CA City Guide 

Los Angeles, CA

If you are more of a palm tree kind of holiday season Arts fan, then we have the perfect destination for you! The Los Angeles area is full of incredibly talented spaces and people. Check out our top picks for this holiday season in the area below! 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is a wonderful spot to spend your holiday season, they house the American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker through December 18th! You can also catch ‘Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert’ celebrating his 66th year in the music industry!  

The Los Angeles Ballet's The Nutcracker runs through December 26th, if you can’t make it to the American Ballet Theatre production!

Experience a jazzy Christmas concert with Harry Connick Jr.: A Holiday Celebration at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles! 

For the orchestral concert fans, don’t miss Holiday Pops with the Camerata Singers with Long Beach Symphony on December 17th and Lindsey Stirling: Snow Waltz Tour at the Pantages Theatre on December 23rd!    


Los Angeles, CA City Guide 

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