Christmas Concerts, Holiday Shows + The Nutcracker Ballet

Nutcracker Christmas Shows Lakeland Florida

Whether your favorite Christmas song is Jingle BellsJoy to the World, or Silent Night, there is something special about hearing classic Christmas music performed live, and we have a list of Christmas musicals below.

Our list includes holiday plays and Christmas performances in Lakeland and across Polk County and Central Florida. These family friendly holiday concerts will get you in the Christmas spirit!

In addition to church Christmas choirs, music highlights for 2021 include Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, and the annual Florida Southern and Southeastern University Christmas concerts. Christmas plays near you include It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Lakeland Community Theater and The Sound of Music at Theatre Winter Haven. Full details on each of these events are below.

The Nutcracker ballet is also a popular Christmas tradition, and we can help you find a performance of the Nutcracker near you.

TIP: If you’re looking to give experiences {instead of physical gifts} this holiday season, tickets to a local performance would be a great Christmas gift!

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities for a full list of things to do this holiday season in Lakeland and Polk County including Christmas Light Displays, Santa Photos, Christmas Tree Lots, Christmas Parades, Holidays Concerts, Live Performances, Holiday Markets, Ice Skating, Toy Donation Needs, and more.

A full list of events can be viewed on our Calendar Page.

Featured Performances

Russian Ballet Orlando – The Nutcracker
Russian Ballet Orlando and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra make history as they present the classic story of The Nutcracker. Clara, Drosselmeyer, and the Mouse King come to life in this holiday favorite. Spectacular dancing and beautiful costumes will transport you to the Land of the Sweets and bring this holiday classic to life. The rich, melodic score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be played live by the Orlando Philharmonic on December 12th at 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm only. This traditional ballet is sure to bring life and warmth to your holiday season!
Saturday, December 11, 2021 @ 6 PM
Sunday, December 12 @ 1 PM with the Orlando Philharmonic
Sunday, December 12 @ 5 PM with the Orlando Philharmonic
The Polk Theatre – 139 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33801

Florida Dance Theatre Holiday Events

Sugar Plum Tea Party
Sunday, December 12 at 1pm and 3:30pm at Florida Dance Theatre
Join The Sugar Plum Fairy and friends for an afternoon of delicious treats, games, and surprises. Enjoy storytime with Clara along with tasty arts and craft time, plus photos with the characters.
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Brunch at the Ballet: The Nutcracker
Thursday, December 16 at 10:30am at the GEM Theater Mulberry
Enjoy the talented dancers of Florida Dance Theater as they perform the classic Christmas Tale of “The Nutcracker”. Guests will also enjoy a continental breakfast and a meet and greet with the performers.
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The Nutcracker Ballet
 Saturday, December 18 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 19 at 2:30pm
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College
Florida Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker ballet adaptation by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Take a dream-like journey with Clara, a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King.
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2021 Christmas Shows & Holiday Concerts

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Christmas Events + Holiday Activities

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays, FREE Christmas Events, Santa Photos, Christmas Parades, and more.