We have so many holiday shows, Christmas pageants, concerts and other holiday entertainment in Wichita it’s difficult to keep track of them all! Here’s where we’ll be posting new ones as we find them.
In this list you’ll find productions from community theaters, concerts from local musical groups, student performances, Christmas movies on the big screen, and more. Some will be family-friendly while others are just for grown-ups!
All of them will be fairly inexpensive, and if we find out about a discount on the typically more expensive events, we’ll let you know about those here too.
2020 Christmas Shows and Concerts in the Wichita Area
2020 has brought us new ways to celebrate the holidays; this year experience the holiday season in the comfort of your own home with virtual shows and concerts. As always, click on the links to get more information about shows you’re interested in. And if you know of an inexpensive holiday concert or show that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments!
Nutcracker Wichita KS 2020
While there aren’t a lot of discounts or coupons for Nutcracker performances, we did find a few ways that you can save money on shows.
Before you buy tickets to any Christmas show, check Groupon. They often times have a Groupon discount tickets for shows.
In addition, I suggest going to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and buying an inexpensive nutcracker ornament before attending a show, because your kid will definitely want one after seeing the ballet! Some of the shows sell them but they are more expensive.
Free Streaming of The Nutcracker
December 24, 2020
This is not a local performance of The Nutcracker, however, it is an opportunity to stream The Nutcracker for FREE. The performance will premier December 24 at 6pm CST. This video will be available to watch any time after its premier on the Bardavon YouTube channel through January 1.
Presented by the New Paltz Ballet Theatre. Catch the performance filmed at the Bardavon in 2019.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Online
December 19, 2020-January 1, 2021
This show is usually performed at the Wichita Orpheum in November; however, this year it is available to watch from the comfort and safety of your own home. Tickets for the virtual concert range in price from $24.99 to $99.00, but there is a Groupon that makes it less than $25.
Once you have purchased a ticket, the video will be available on demand via Marquee.tv (a video on demand service) and will be available to watch from December 19 – January 1, 2020.
“World-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds… Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.”
The Hip Hop Nutcracker (Virtual)
December 17 & 18, 2020
This year, experience The Nutcracker like never before! Enjoy a contemporary version of the classic show from your very own couch, bed, or roof! The Orpheum has tickets available for purchase. General admission tickets are $20 and VIP tickets are $50. Once you have purchased your ticket you will receive an email with instructions on how to view the show. (VIP tickets may view the show any time within 48 hrs of the scheduled show time.) Purchase tickets and find more information at wichitaorpheum.com
“The Hip Hop Nutcracker, recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.”
Short & Suite Nutcracker
December 4-6, 2020
Although the live event was canceled, the show must go on! The Short and Suite Nutcracker is available to watch online this year. This family friendly Nutcracker experience is only 60 minutes long. Plus, enjoy a special bonus “Behind the Curtain Suite Peeks”, cast & choreographer interviews, and more. It is available to watch from any device or on your Smart TV via YouTube.
Midwest Dance Mechanix offers different price options for the performance.
- Virtual Event Ticket, $25 per family
- Suite Treats Gift Basket (includes baked goods, a nutcracker t-shirt, ornament, locally-made hair clip, toy, and more,) $35 per family
- You can pick the baskets up from Midwest Dance Mechanix on December 4 from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm OR you can pay an extra $10 and have a performer in costume deliver the basket to your door between 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm on December 4.
Friday, December 4th: 6 pm
Saturday, December 5th: 2 pm
Saturday, December 5th: 6 pm
Saturday, December 5th: 8 pm
Sunday, December 6th: 2 pm
Metropolitan Ballet Wichita Nutcracker
December 21-27, 2020
Metropolitan Ballet Wichita will have two performances of the Nutcracker at Century II you can watch from home.
The performance will be recorded on Saturday, December 19th, and then the streaming video will be available to watch between December 21 and 27, 2020. Tickets are only $25 per household.
Virtual Concerts and Shows 2020
Friends University Virtual Candlelight Concert
“The Christmas Candlelight will include music presented by the Friends University choral ensembles: Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the majesty of the combined ensembles (150 voices).”
Comfort & Joy at Home with Jim Brickman
December 13, 4:00 p.m.
Support the Wichita Orpheum and experience Comfort & Joy at Home. Enjoy this holiday concert from Jim Brickman. He will sing a variety of songs to get you in the holiday mood. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to the Orpheum. You can watch the concert from any streaming device, including your smart TV. Ticket prices range from $40 to $125. Purchase your tickets here from the Orpheum or via Groupon Live here.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: What is Christmas? Virtual Concert
December 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm CST
Don’t miss out on your favorite holiday concert! Watch from home and explore “What is Christmas?” with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Tickets are on sale now for $30. Groupon has a deal that includes a ticket and digital download of the album as well. (Be sure to use a Groupon promo code to make it cheaper.) The concert will stream on December 18 at 7:00 pm. For more information and tickets check out tsolivestream.com
A Very Carroll Christmas
December 12, 2020
Enjoy a 1920’s style radio show performed by Bishop Carroll High School students. The show will air on December 12 at 7pm. You can watch the show live on the BCCHS athletics and activities YouTube channel.
Music Theatre of Wichita Holiday Special
You don’t want to miss MTW’s Holiday Special, which will premiere on KPTS channel 8.1 on December 17 at 7pm. Additional dates and times are below. This special was written, directed, and choreographed by Brian J. Marcum and stars Injoy Fountain, Jennifer Marcum, Katie Banks-Todd, Carter Tholl, Roy Moye III, and Wayne Bryan.
December 21 at 9pm on channel 8.1
December 24 at 12pm on channel 8.1
December 24 at 7pm on channel 8.2
December 24 at 8pm on channel 8.1
At Home for the Holidays with Wichita Symphony Strings
Celebrate the Holidays with Wichita Symphony Strings and KPTS-channel 8. Watch the performance on KPTS channel 8 on these dates:
December 24- 7 pm
December 25- 1 pm
December 25- 7:30 pm
December 31- 8 pm
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Ballet Wichita Nutcracker
Canceled for 2020,
Wichita Ballet’s annual performances of the time-honored classic Nutcracker ballet are held in the Century II Concert hall in mid-December. Tickets start at $25 and go up to $55.
Friends University Nutcracker
Performances are held at the Riney Fine Arts Center at Friends University in December. This is one of the most affordable options to see the Nutcracker Ballet in Wichita and is an annual tradition for many families. Tickets sell quickly and range in price from $16 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Friends University sells ornaments as a fundraiser, but they sell out of the small ones quickly. You have to go early if you want to buy one there. Metropolitan Ballet Nutcracker in the past had shows that featured Artistic Director, Jill Landrith, local and regional dancers, as well as Guest Artists Jillian Davis from Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York and Brandon Ramey from Memphis Ballet. Also, if you plan on going to any of the ballet performances with a large group, call and check to see if they offer any discounts. Depending on the number of people in your party, this is a great way to save some cash.