6 Holiday Shows From Milwaukee Performing Arts Groups

Milwaukee’s performing arts groups have had to adapt in order continue offering performances.

THE HOLIDAY SEASON is full of musical wonders with Christmas tunes ranging from pop to classical genres. While a typical Christmas concert may be difficult to come by, here in Milwaukee, you can still get your earful of Christmas joy this holiday season.

1. Festival City Symphony Pajama Jamboree

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The Festival City Symphony is one of Milwaukee’s premiere regional orchestras. Directed by Carter Simmons, the orchestra played many holiday favorites at their socially distant concert earlier this month, which they shared on Vimeo. The orchestra played holiday favorites such as “Frosty the Snowman,” pieces from The Nutcracker and “Sleigh Ride.” The concert has narration to the program making it a family-friendly program with the goal of engaging youth in classical music.

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2. The Nutcracker

VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON FOR CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS | MULTIPLE SHOWTIMES

The Nutcracker is a holiday classic. The Milwaukee Ballet is known for its annual production of the holiday favorite. And while the show will go on, the live performances are limited to current subscribers.  The organization has safety precautions in place for COVID-19, you can view them on their website.

3. Milwaukee Repertory Theatre “A Christmas Carol”

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The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre is offering the chance to watch “A Christmas Carol” for free on-demand from Dec. 1 -24 on their website. It takes a few minutes to register for the performance and then a link will be sent to you. If you are taking advantage of this offering, consider making a donation to the theater group, which has seen significant challenges throughout the pandemic. 

4. Kenosha Symphony Orchestra

DEC. 19 AT 7 P.M. | KEMPER CENTER AUDITORIUM

Every year, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra puts on a holiday program. With COVID-19 they decided to keep their annual concert in-person but will have a chamber orchestra instead of a full-sized orchestra. Tickets must be purchased prior to the beginning of the event, no tickets will be available at the door. You can get tickets on their Eventbrite page.

5. “Tis the Season to Rock & Roll”

DEC. 12 AT 7 P.M. | 17980 W. BELOIT RD., NEW BERLIN

Holiday music comes in many  forms, and Rock & Roll is no exception. Music will be of Frank Sinatra, Elvis and several others for a ticket price of $12. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available both online and at the door. Masks are required and this is a family-friendly event.

6. “Christmastown Comes to First Stage”

DEC. 13 – JAN. 2 | YOUTUBE

You can still get your dose of Holiday performing from First Stage, one of the nations leading theaters for families and youth. There performance will be on Youtube and with a donation of $30 you can get a special Christmastown “Merry Fun” box filled with goodies, including a note from Santa himself.

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Corey Schmidt was an editorial intern for Milwaukee Magazine in Fall 2020. Currently, Corey is a junior at DePaul University where he majors in both French horn performance and communication & media.