The Most Musical Time of the Year: Holiday Shows Across The Valley

Savanah YaghsezianDecember 16, 2019
Share This

I’m a huge fan of anything that involves Christmas, cheerful dance numbers and sitting. Whether you need something to do with visiting relatives or a creative holiday date night, one of these shows is sure to pique your interest. 

The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) Performed by The Southwest Shakespeare Company
Location: Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix
When: Dec. 20-22
Why You Should Go: This vaudeville-inspired show will coax out a laugh from even the biggest Scrooge. Plus, every ticket purchased goes toward supporting a classroom of young thespians to come experience a live performance. 

A Magical Cirque Christmas
Location: ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
When: Dec. 26
Why You Should Go: Conquer your post-Christmas blues with one last gift! This show combines your favorite Christmas tunes with dazzling acrobatic performances. No need to hire a babysitter, this show is great for all ages. 

The Sound of Music
Location: Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
When: Now-Dec. 29
Why You Should Go: I would argue that The Sound of Music qualifies as a holiday musical. After all, nearly all of Julie Andrews’s favorite things correlate with winter-time (warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, crisp apple strudels, sleigh bells, etc.). 

Old Jews Telling Jokes
Location: Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix
When: Dec. 25
Why You Should Go: If you don’t have a holiday to celebrate on Dec. 25, take an outing to the theater! It’ll be a night of “one-liners, double-entendres, songs, skits, and hysterical routines.”


For more than 50 years, PHOENIX magazine's experienced writers, editors, and designers have captured all sides of the Valley with award-winning and insightful writing, and groundbreaking report and design. Our expository features, narratives, profiles, and investigative features keep our 385,000 readers in touch with the Valley's latest trends, events, personalities and places.