Holiday Shows in Charleston


Get into the festive holiday spirit with one of these shows featuring classics, comedies, family favorites and more! Looking for some other family-friendly holiday fun? Check out all the holiday events going on around Charleston including festivalstree lightings, and even ways to give back! 

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*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.

The Nutcracker

November 22

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston 29403

Classical Ballet Centre is proud to present its full version of The Nutcracker. Join us on Friday, November 22nd and let your imagination transport you to a magical world of brave toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes and enchanting sweets. Our dancers are so excited to share the magic of the holidays with you!


November 23 at 7 pm and November 24 at 3 pm

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston, 29403

Palmetto City Ballet is excited to open it’s 2019-2020 performance season with a brand-new production of “Cinderella”. This performance is based on the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale and will also feature the original ballet score by Sergei Prokofiev.

Disney’s The Lion King

December 4 – 15

North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before.  And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING, making its triumphant premiere at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Elf The Musical

December 4 – 22

Dock Street Theater, 135 Church St., Charleston, 29401

Based on the beloved and hilarious 2003 Will Ferrell film, Elf The Musical tells the story of Buddy, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Raised as an elf and unaware that he is actually a human, Buddy realizes he is different when he grows up to tower over the other elves and finds that he is a disastrous toy-maker. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his true identity.

Charlton Singleton’s Holiday Spectacular

December 5 

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston 29403

The Charleston Music Hall & Charlton Singleton are excited to announce Charlton Singleton’s Holiday Spectacular – Your Favorite Holiday Concert. They will be showcasing their talents during THIS Holiday Season by presenting “Your Favorite Holiday Concert”. From “Santa Baby” to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, “Jingle Bells” to “This Christmas” and artists from Michael Bublé to Eartha Kitt, Nat King Cole to Mariah Carey and Donny Hathaway… there is a song and festive mood for all!

The Nutcracker

December 7

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC

Dance Conservatory of Charleston is delighted to present The Nutcracker! With a cast of over 140 student dancers, we are proud to present a production in which every student shines, from our children’s division dancers as Little Gingerbread, to our pre-professional students in the principal roles of Sugar Plum and Snow Queen.

Charleston Christmas Special

December 13 – December 23

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC

All new for 2019! Producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz are bringing back audience favorites while creating entirely new musical performances and comedy sketches — all with a holiday theme. Running Dec. 13-23 at the Charleston Music Hall, The Charleston Christmas Special is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. *Kids free show is on December 19!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 14, & 21

Dock Street Theater, 135 Church St., Charleston, 29401

When the Herdmans, the worst kids in town, somehow wrangle the leading roles in the local Christmas Pageant it seems everything that is sacred will be lost. Yet, through this motley crew of rough and tumble kids, the true meaning of Christmas is movingly rediscovered. Adapted from Barbara Robinson’s widely acclaimed contemporary Christmas classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever continues to delight kids and their families year after year.

A Christmas Carol

December 18

The Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, 29401

This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from Nebraska Theatre Caravan is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy.

Holiday Pops 

December 20 & 21

Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St.

Experience one of Charleston’s all-time favorite traditions. Yuriy Bekker leads the Symphony in a festive mix of symphonic and popular music that will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. This annual sell-out event features multiple guest artists, including a very famous resident of the North Pole. Don’t worry…cookies and milk not required.

Nutcracker Ballet-North Charleston

December 21

North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston, 29418

This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic as you and your loved ones journey with Masha and her Nutcracker Prince through the Snow Forest

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