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Christmas Shows and Holiday Concerts 2023

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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.

Christmas Concerts and Holiday Shows

2023 Christmas Shows and Concerts in the Wichita Area

Celebrate the holidays with entertainment. 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!

Metropolitan Ballet Wichita Nutcracker

Metropolitan Ballet Wichita will have two in-person performances of The Nutcracker at Century II this year.

Wichita Children Theatre & Dance Center presents Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.

 Local professional actors perform this show. The shows are meant for ages 2 and up, runtimes are around 40 minutes and the shows share life lessons like being kind, being a good helper, telling the truth and much more. The Noon showings have the ability to add a pizza lunch before the show at 11:30. 
Shows are at the Crown Uptown Theatre where you can eat and watch the show at the comfort of a table.
 
Our Mainstage shows are performed by children and adults. They are free to audition for and participate in. Recommended audience age for most Mainstage shows is 5 and up with show length usually an hour or more. 

Short & Suite Nutcracker by Midwest Dance Mechanix

  • Date: December 1- 3, 2023
  • Location: Wichita Center for Performing Arts
    • 9112 E. Central Avenue Wichita, Kansas
  • Price: Tickets are $28 for adults age 17 and up, or $16 for children age 16 or younger
  • Get your tickets to the Short & Suite Nutcracker.

 Voted Wichita’s Best Annual Event in both 2021 and 2022, Midwest Dance Mechanix presents an abbreviated production of The Nutcracker, making it a holiday “must-do” for families.The Short & Suite Nutcracker is more than just a performance!

Arrive early and linger afterward to partake in a variety of special memory-making experiences. Santa himself will make a special appearance 45 minutes before each show, welcoming young guests to share their wish lists. Following the performance, cast members will be in the theatre for interactions, autograph signings (from our special interactive program), and photo opportunities. Our lobby is adorned with candy-coated decor for numerous fun photo ops. Pointe shoe decorating kits, souvenir merchandise, and retail offerings from Attitudes Dancewear are available throughout the performance. Don’t miss the delectable “sweet treats” in our specially curated “Sweet Shoppe.”

Friends University Christmas Candlelight Concert

  • Date: December 1-3, 2023
    • Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
  • Christmas Candlelight will include the Singing Quakers and Concert Choir, band, jazz, dance and art.
  • Location: First Presbyterian Church at 525 N Broadway
  • Price: Adults: $16 | Seniors & Students: $12
  • Get your Tickets for the Candlelight Concert HERE.

This classic Wichita holiday event is bac in the Friends University Sebits auditorium stage. The Singing Quakers and Concert Choir. The Singing Quakers, coming up on its 100th year in existence, will be joined by the Concert Choir to create a masterful blend of joyous voices over 80 strong.

For more information on this event or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts Box
Office at 316-295-5677 or finearts@friends.edu.

WSU 60th Candlelight Concert

Welcome the holidays with Wichita State University Choral Department’s 60th annual Candlelight Concert. The Madrigal Singers, Concert Chorale, WuChoir, and ShockerChoir, under the direction of Dr. Ryan Beeken and Dr. Tom Wine, will surely get you ready to enjoy the holiday season.

  • Date: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
  • Location: Wiedermann Hall, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260
  • Cost:  $6-12; free for WSU students

A Christmas Carol By Wichita Children’s Theatre

An interactive performance of A Christmas Carol is back at the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center for 2023. It is recommended for ages 8 & Up
  • Dates:
    • Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Location: at the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center 
  • Tickets are $9 and a school ticket is $6. 

FREE Event: The Majesty of Christmas at Central Community Church

A 100-voice choir and a symphony orchestra will help put on this musical about the nativity scene. One hour prior to the show, an immersive nativity experience, Bethlehem Square, will be available. 

  • Dates:
    • Friday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. 
    • doors open one hour early
  • Location: Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple St. in Wichita
  • Cost: FREE, no ticket required

 Stan Kenton Christmas Bass Concert 

  • Date: Sunday, December 10, 2023
  • Time: 8:30-10 am pancake breakfast, 9am – Noon Bake Sale and Craft Fair, 10:30am concert
  • Location: West Heights United Methodist Church. 745 N Westlink 

Sounds of Christmas with The Augusta Choirs

  • Date: Sunday, December 10, 2023
  • Time: 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: The Historic Augusta Theatre, 523 N. State St. Augusta, KS 67010
  • Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; $10 Student Discount tickets 

Celebrate the season as Augusta High School students perform Christmas favorites. The Augusta Choirs will serenade you with a delightful repertoire, from traditional carols to contemporary hits. Proceeds benefit the Augusta High School Choral Program and The Augusta Historic Theatre. Info

Nutcracker with Ballet of Wichita 2023

  • Their public performances at Century II Concert Hall are:
    • Friday, December 15, 2023 at 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 2:00 pm & 7:00pm
    • Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm
  • Location: Century II
  • Price: Tickets start at $27 and can be purchased online.(Please note:  Children 2 and under do not require a ticket.  However, they must remain in your lap).
  • Get your Ballett of Wichita Nutcracker Ballet Tickets HERE

While there aren’t a lot of discounts or coupons for Nutcracker performances, we’re just happy to have Ballet of Wichita that provides excellent quality shows. Just remember! Before you buy tickets to any Christmas show, check Groupon in case they have any discounts.

Here’s another money-saving tip: Instead of buying an expensive Nutcracker ornament at a show, why not hit up Michael’s or Hobby Lobby beforehand for a nice-but-less-expensive one? Your kids are definitely going to want one after seeing the ballet! 

Elf, The Musical

  • Date: December 7 – 23, 2023
  • Time: They have 2pm showing and 8pm 
  • Location: The Forum Theatre: 330 N. Broadway St. Wichita, KS 67202
  • Price: $36 each, we also offer a 10% military discount and 1/2 price student tickets with a valid student ID.
  • Get your tickets to the Elf Musical HERE.

The Forum Theater Says: “Even the biggest Cotton-Headed-Ninny-Muggins will leave the theatre with a warm festive glow!”  If you aren’t familiar with the movie ELF. Its about Buddy, a young orphan that  crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  A modern-day holiday classic. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

Book By Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin   Music By Mathew Sklar  Lyrics By Chad Beguelin

FREE Event: Spirt of the Season Free Holiday Concert 2023 by Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Grab your loved ones and take a sleigh ride down to Century II Convention Hall for Spirit of the Season Free Family Holiday Concert. This concert is the Wichita Symphony’s gift to the community, sponsored by our friends at Spirit AeroSystems.

Celebrate the season at this one-hour concert filled with your favorite Christmas carols and holiday hits performed by your Wichita Symphony.

Canned food donations for the Kansas Food Bank will be accepted, as well as cash donations for the Wichita Symphony’s education programs.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Wichita Children’s Theatre 

  • Dates:
    • Wednesday, 13th – 10:00 & 1:00
    • Thursday, Dec 14th 10:00, 1:00  & 6:30
    • Friday, Dec 15th   10:00 , 1:00 &  6:30 
  • Location: Newman University 
  • Price: Tickets $9, School Price $6
Call WichitaTix for tickets at: 316-303-8100

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