For the first time in its four-year history, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will host a robust lineup of holiday-themed performances, with everything from a Broadway musical to Handel’s Messiah, and a retro comedy performance by Jane Lynch.
And just in time for the performances, the arts center culinary team has added treats to the menu that promise to make your holidays even more merry and bright. Patrons can sip on Peppermint Martinis to add to the festive spirit, while Foxtail Coffee will serve hot chocolate, with versions for both kiddos and grown-ups alike.
“This holiday won’t be complete without a visit to the Dr. Phillips Center,” shares Foster Cronin, vice president of programming. “Whether you enjoy the classics or prefer a little more modern take on your holiday entertainment, we have something for you this year.”
Here’s a complete rundown of shows that you can enjoy during the holiday season at the Dr. Phillips Center and the Bob Carr theater, including several free performances.
November 24: Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays!”
This musical celebration captures the spirit of the season, with Albert George Schram leading the orchestra, choirs and guest artists. Bob Carr Theater, 2 pm and 8 pm. Tickets start at $25.
November 25: Handel’s “Messiah” performed by the Messiah Choral Society
Considered to be the most magnificent classical masterwork of all time, Handel’s “Messiah,” presented by the Messiah Choral Society, will be led by Dr. John Sinclair. Orlando’s longest running free cultural performance will feature a local professional orchestra and 100-member volunteer choir. Bob Carr Theater, 3 pm, free.
November 30: The Piano Guys: Christmas Together
An avant-garde cellist and pianist who rose to fame through social media present a fresh, modern take on Christmas. Bob Carr Theater, 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $54.50.
December 1: Many Moods of Christmas
The Bethune Cookman Concert Chorale entertain with an evening of holiday jazz and gospel music. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, 5 pm, free.
December 1: Songs of the Season
Dr. Phillips Center, Rollins College and Full Sail University collaborate to present this annual free outdoor concert, which includes an evening of holiday sing-alongs, dancing and state-of-the-art visual artistry under the stars on the lawn of Dr. Phillips Center. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Seneff Arts Plaza, 7 pm, free.
December 7: Lauren Daigle: The Behold Christmas Tour
Two-time Billboard Music Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee and American Music Award recipient Daigle brings her unique, soulful sound to this holiday-themed concert that fans of her contemporary Christian music won’t want to miss. Bob Carr Theater, 7:30 pm, tickets start at $24.75.
December 7-9, 13-15: Orlando Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Is it really Christmas without a performance of The Nutcracker? The spectacular holiday classic of Clara’s beloved story, set to Tchaikovsky’s jubilant score, is timeless and beautifully produced. Walt Disney Theater, showtimes vary, tickets start at $19.
December 8 and 15: Orlando Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Family Show
This abbreviated, one-hour performance, is the perfect choice for small fry as they make their first visit to the ballet. Walt Disney Theater, 11 am, tickets start at $15.
December 8: Home Free: A Country Christmas
Country crooners Home Free will perform all-new music and country holiday favorites, for a cozy, down-home celebration of the holidays. Bob Carr Theater, 8 pm, tickets start at $19.50.
December 14-16: Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas
Emmy and Golden Globe winning-actress Jane Lynch and friends produce a hilarious and "unapologetically sentimental" evening. We can’t wait for this one! Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, showtimes vary, tickets start at $55.
December 18-23: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
In culmination of Dr. Phillips’ holiday offerings, the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series presents a stage production of the classic film, featuring the unforgettable music of Irving Berlin. Don your big, red satin dresses, and join the party. Walt Disney Theater, showtimes vary, tickets start from $54.25.
For more information or to purchase tickets for performances, visit the Dr. Phillips Center website.