A Collin County Guide to Holiday Performances & Productions

There’s something extra special about attending a live performance during the holidays, don’t you think? We used to go to the DTC production of A Christmas Carol every year when I was a kid, and I look back on it so fondly. Use this list to start a new tradition with your family!

Note: for additional performances in Dallas proper, check out our Dallas Moms Guide to Holiday Musicals & Productions.

holiday shows in Collin County

Let’s be extra mindful at these indoor events. And remember to check ahead for cancellations or updated safety measures.

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The Nutcracker :: Eisemann Center :: November 18 to December 22 (select dates)

The Eisemann Center in Richardson will host SIX ballet companies this year for different Nutcracker performances throughout the season. In order, you’ve got PTD Dance ArtsChamberlain BalletRoyale Ballet Dance AcademyDallas Repertoire BalletTuzer Ballet, and Collin County Ballet Theatre. Basically a different group each week, so lots of shows and showtimes.


Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol :: McKinney Performing Arts Center :: November 26-27 and December 10-11

McKinney Repertory Theatre presents their annual production of a Christmas classic. All tickets for these shows will be general admission, meaning no assigned seats. The first weekend will be during the Home for the Holidays McKinney Christmas Festival, so it might be a little busier. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. $13/adults, $8/ages 3-18, lap-sitting for kids under 3 is free but they still need a ticket.


4th Annual Christmas Concert :: McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra :: December 3 :: 7-8:30pm

Leading musicians performing your favorite Christmas tunes with new arrangements (think jazz, rock, classical, Celtic, and folk styles). A concert that will fill your hearts with joy. Tickets from $20.


Holiday Classics by the Richardson Symphony Orchestra :: Eisemann Center :: December 4 :: 8pm

Enjoy the rich tradition of the RSO and voices of the Richardson Community Chorale. Tickets from $20.


Scrooge: The Musical :: NTPA Plano :: December 9-12 & December 15-19

It’s the 11th anniversary of this Plano Christmas tradition, a fast-paced and fun full-length live musical production, pre-show Christmas carols, and more. Critically-acclaimed and loved by all! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Note the venue change the second weekend. Tickets $20 general; $30 premium.
NTPA will once again offer “Gift to the Community” performances for veterans and underprivileged and disadvantaged children, families, and groups by offering two special “Free Admission” shows. See link for details on attending.


The Nutcracker: Clara’s Suite Story :: Wylie :: December 10-11 & 17-18

Come see the family-focused Wylie Acting Group and their twist on The Nutcracker. This one is youth theater, so the cast will be made up of kids in K-12th grade. Tickets are $15.


A Charlie Brown Christmas :: NTPA Plano :: December 10-12 & 16-18

The classic animated TV special comes to life in this annual NTPA stage adaptation at Willow Bend Center of the Arts. This is also children’s theater, and the cast will be K-8th graders. Suitable for all ages. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Tickets from $10; $20 for front row.

Note: Bailey’s Theatre in Frisco will also present A Charlie Brown Christmas December 9 & 10. We’ll provide more details when available.


The Gift of Christmas :: Prestonwood Baptist Church Plano :: December 10-19

A 90-minute holiday extravaganza with an orchestra, an almost-1,000-member cast and choir, living nativity, flying angels, massive LED video wall, and more. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Check the link for tickets—they sell super fast. FAQ here. Tickets start at $19.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever :: Art Centre Theatre Plano :: December 10-19

I remember really loving this play as a kid. It’s a delightful comedy filled with mayhem, fun, and CHRISTMAS. The cast is a mix of kids and adults and is suitable for all ages. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Tickets are $15 online; $20 at the door.


Michael Manzoni’s BIG Christmas Variety Show :: McKinney Performing Arts Center :: December 18 :: 7-8:30pm

Remember the singing, the dancing, the fun, and the family-friendly comedy skits of retro TV Christmas specials? That’s the vibe of this show, filled with big sounds from Michael Manzoni’s All Jazz Band and special guests who sing and dance to all your holiday favorites. Santa himself may stop by for a visit! Tickets are $25 for general admission.


Concerts on the Pond :: St. Andrew UMC Plano :: December 18-20

Gather at the pond for an evening of entertainment, Christmas carols, and an immersive light show like none other. Music will range from contemporary to jazzy favorites from the Imperial Brass big band (and more!). Additional details and ticket prices to come.


Holidays on Ice :: Allen :: December 19 :: 3-5pm

This annual show features cute sets and the Allen Academy of Skating and Allen Community Ice Rink Skaters. As always, it’s at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center (formerly Allen Event Center). For all ages. Bring a non-perishable food item and admission is free!


Home for the Holidays :: Plano Symphony Orchestra :: December 19 :: 4pm & 7:30pm

Featuring the international award-winning men’s chorus Vocal Majority, this annual production at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano is general admission seating, so arrive early if you’re particular. Tickets are $40 floor; $30 balcony. Note: There is also a show at Frisco High School on December 18 at 4pm. Tickets for that one are $25 for general admission.

Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.

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