7 Best Christmas Plays and Shows in Hartford

With all the shopping, wrapping, and entertaining, you deserve to do something different this holiday season. Invite your friends and family, and make the time to go and see a live event because Hartford is filled with opportunities to enjoy a stage production. From plays and music to live entertainment, here are the seven best Christmas plays and shows in Hartford, Connecticut, this year. 

The Nutcracker by The Connecticut Ballet

Seeing The Nutcracker in person is a mesmerizing experience, especially when you don’t have to travel far to see it. This season, The Connecticut Ballet is performing their rendition of this popular classic story told through dance. If you miss the opportunity to see their show in Hartford on December 10 and 11, there are also two shows in Stamford the following weekend. 


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

If you’ve heard Mannheim Steamroller on the radio or have their latest music, you know that they’re a group that can get you moving. They have a unique way of turning classic holiday songs and giving them a new twist. Hear their Christmas show as you listen to familiar tunes and a few new favorites at The Bushnell on December 6. 


Corteo by Cirque du Soleil

Be wowed by the mystifying aerobatics that Cirque du Soleil is known for. From December 15 to 18, they will be performing Corteo at the XL Center in Hartford. Described as exuberant and evoking laughter, experience the wonder of the season in a different way at this moving live show that defies logic. 



Another group that is known for their Christmas music renditions, Pentatonix, is even better in person as the vocalists blend melodies and harmonies. The group is making its way around the US with its Christmas tour, and they’ll be in Hartford for one night only—December 22. Save the date and get ready to listen to some of the most beautiful sounds of the season. 


Felices Fiestas!

On Saturday, December 10, Hartford Stage presents a bilingual holiday event entitled Felices Fiestas! This free event will have live music, Christmas tree decorating, complimentary beverages and snacks, art and craft activities, and a chance to share a poem, reading, or song of your choice in either Spanish or English. 


Community Christmas Celebration

Stage Right Community Theatre Company is hosting a Community Christmas Celebration on December 17. Local groups and past stage artists will showcase an eclectic mix of holiday-centric performances. It’s a wonderful way to ring in the season. 


Glow Hartford

Head to the stage at Glow Hartford to see live performances all season long. There will be a variety of shows throughout the event, and it’s the perfect excuse to linger a while at Glow. While you’re there, shop local vendors, eat, drink, and enjoy a million holiday lights. Take the whole family and invite friends to go to this festive event. 

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