Performing Arts with a Holiday Twist

Bundle up and mark your calendars: the full line-up of festive Pittsburgh arts performances is here!

Holiday Cheer with the Arts in Pittsburgh

From holiday classics to shows with characteristic Pittsburgh twists, from dancing nutcrackers to acrobatic snowmen: This holiday season will warm your heart with festive arts fun!

Yinz'r Scrooged – Bricolage

Dec. 3, 2015 – December 19, 2015 at Bricolage

This production showcases Charles Dickens' beloved holiday story in a way you'd never imagine – in modern day Pittsburgh! Bring the whole family as yinzer celebrities replace Dickens characters. Don't miss the pre-show Happy Half Hour with free beer, wine, eggnog, games, and more!

Christmas is Here– Mir na Zemlji

Dec. 4, 2015 at the August Wilson Center

Mixing old world with new favorites, this concert will feature Croatian Radio Television Tamburitza Orchestra and Croatian Navy choral group "Klapa Sv. Juraj" alongside several soloists. The group will perform a mix of traditional Croatian music as well as the beloved Holiday songs popular in the United States.

A Musical Christmas Carol – Pittsburgh CLO

Dec. 4, 2015 – December 23, 2015 at the Byham Theater

Your favorite holiday Charles Dickens story characters will come to life on stage but this time with songs included! The show will be the traditional heart-warming story with a festive twist.

The Nutcracker – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Dec. 4, 2015 – December 27, 2015 at the Benedum Center

With over 100 dancers, a traditional Tchaikovsky score, and a historic venue as a backdrop, this classic ballet enchants audiences of all ages. Check out the special performance dates like the December 12 Family Pointe performance that features a pre-show discussion and ballet demonstration.

Celtic Woman Christmas – Home for Christmas The Symphony Tour

Dec. 7, 2015 at Heinz Hall

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will accompany Irish super-group, Celtic Woman to present a night of heart-warming holiday classics. 

A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier - The Warhol

Dec.11, 2015 at Carnegie Music Hall

Co-presented by The Warhol and the Carnegie Museum of Art, writer and director John Waters will take the stage for an adults-only Christmas show. This one-man show features strong language and adult subject matter and makes for one hilarious night out! 

Holiday Pops

Highmark Holiday Pops – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 11-20, 2015 at Heinz Hall

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will join fellow local arts organizations and performers including Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Ringers, Attack Theatre, Chris Sanders, and Chris Jamison for this annual holiday celebration! Enjoy holiday carols, sing-a-longs, and a guest appearance by Santa.

Amahl & the Night Visitors - Resonance Works

Dec. 11-13, 2015 at Third Presbyterian Church, Shadyside

The Resonance Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble present a holiday tradition for the whole family! Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti, and tells the story of Amahl - a disabled boy who can walk only with a crutch- and the surprise visit he has from the three wise men who make a stop at Amahl's house on their long journey.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Musical

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical - Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Dec. 22-27, 2015 at Heinz Hall

Presented by PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh, this musical brings the original animated Rudolph story to life with music. Celebrate 50 years of a holiday favorite the entire family can enjoy!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze - Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Dec. 29-30, 2015 at the Benedum Center

Acrobatic stunts meet holiday cheer in this gravity defying show! With over 300 costumes and 20 acts, classic holiday figures like Santa, gingerbread men, snowmen, and more will come to life on the stage for an unforgettable and awe-inspiring family experience. 

Free music downtown

Daily holiday music performed by a variety of singers and musicians will take place in the PPG Place Wintergarden’s Spirts of Giving From Around the World display and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market.

Don’t miss out on the annual Pittsburgh holiday celebration on New Year's Eve: Highmark First Night! It will feature a variety of performing arts groups including The Wailers and is sure to be the best way to ring in 2016 in the 'Burgh!