Portland hosts many different Christmas shows and events throughout the Christmas season. From the Portland Stage Theater to Merrill Auditorium to selection of Handel’s Messiah sings at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, these Christmas shows and events are sure to entertain you and fill you with holiday spirit.
This charming version of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol tells the story of the redemption of a human soul. The play follows the ever-powerful story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous human being. A Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday treat for the entire family—and a great way to catch the Christmas spirit at the Portland Stage Company.
Spend an irreverent evening with Crumpet as one of Santa’s little helpers working during the holiday rush at Macy’s Department Store as he copes with thousands of shoppers (and their kiddies) with whacked out, wicked wit. This show is holidays treat for grownups that will put you in the Christmas spirit, so leave the little angels at home for a behind-the-scenes peek at an elf gone bad at the Portland Stage Company.
The Maine State Ballet again brings the classic holiday story of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy to Merrill Auditorium. Maine State Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, with the live musical accompaniment by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra conducted by Karla Kelley, is a perennial favorite of Portland’s holiday season.
Maine’s favorite holiday tradition is a yuletide treat for the whole family! Happy patrons declared last year’s Magic “upbeat and fun” and “the best yet!” Find out what Robert Moody has in store this year, when the Portland Symphony Orchestra and special guests celebrate “Simple Holiday Joys.
The Polar Express™ will come to life again when the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad trains departs from its Portland depot for a journey to the “North Pole,” but with some delightful changes. Holiday decorations along the train’s route will fit the Polar Express story as they light up the night. Individually decorated cars will add to the magic of the experience as you listen to the enchanting story read over our sound system.
This year the Choral Art Singers will present a wide variety of holiday and seasonal pieces, including a Gregorian chant, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat and a set of Appalachian carols. Audiences can also expect to hear traditional holiday songs, “Ave Maria” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” among several other favorites. A concert highlight for many is the candle lit procession to “Silent Night,” concluding the evening