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Can’t miss holiday concerts and shows

No holiday season is complete without a trip (or two) to the theater. From lively and upbeat to the soothing sounds of the city’s great classical orchestra, Philadelphia offers a variety of Christmastime entertainment in 2017.

An enduring and iconic holiday season ballet

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Academy of Music

1420 Locust Street

Don’t miss the Pennsylvania Ballet’s spectacular performance of George Balanchine’s classic The Nutcracker. Enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky as you’re transported over snow-covered fields to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Balanchine’s timeless choreography will enchant viewers of all ages.

Runs from December 8 through the end of the month.

Take part in the Jingle Ball

Jingle Ball

Wells Fargo Center

3601 South Broad Street

The Jingle Ball includes some of the biggest names in music. The Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Halsey, Logic and Niall Horan will be performing in the Philadelphian edition of this traveling Christmas extravaganza. Book tickets fast–only one performance is slated for the Wells Fargo Center.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

For lovers of classical music

Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra: The Glorious Sound of Christmas

Verizon Hall – Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

260 South Broad Street

An extensive selection of classic holiday tunes masterfully performed by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra will fill you with Christmas spirit. Conducted by Thomas Wilkins and featuring a variety of special guests, this concert features music from the 1962 album The Glorious Sound of Christmas by Eugene Ormandy.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghost of Christmas Eve

Wells Fargo Center

3601 South Broad Street

On Christmas Eve a young runaway seeks refuge in an abandoned theater where she encounters the ghosts of Christmas. This is where our rock opera begins.

With a soundtrack inspired by Pink Floyd and Yes, the show is a modern take on a well-worn story. Look forward to a dash of classical music, a sprinkle of hard rock and an eclectic mix of everything in between. Expect huge video screens and pyrotechnic displays that rival most New Year’s celebrations.

Get in soon as there is only one date in town: December 17, 2017

Say goodbye to 2017 with the Philadelphia Symphony

Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra: New Year’s Eve

Verizon Hall – Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

260 South Broad Street

See out the year with in the company of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra playing excerpts from some of the world’s greatest composers. Auld Lang Syne will never sound this good again.

The show begins early on the evening of December 31.