Top 7 Holiday Theater Experiences

Raise the curtain this holiday season on festive theatrical fun. Absorb the magic of the bright lights and the nostalgic feelings that come with an evening at the theater. Whether it’s surrounded by the opulent restored décor at the nation’s second largest theater district, PlayhouseSquare, or the nation’s oldest African American theater Karamu House, be sure to catch all the acts in these holiday performances during their limited run. For more holiday info and to book your stay in CLE visit

  1. Based on the story by David Sedaris and produced by Cleveland Public Theatre, “The Santaland Diaries at PlayhouseSquare’s 14th Street Theater from Nov. 28 – Dec. 22, is sure to bring a smile to any Grinch’s face as the now fifty-year-old Crumpet recounts his experience as a Macy’s Christmas Elf in 1989.
  2. From Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 audiences “meet” more of Steve Solomon’s family, friends and the other folks whose sole purpose is to drive him into therapy during a holiday dinner at Grandma’s in “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, I’m Home for the Holidays” at the Palace Theatre.
  3. Brimming with memories of old-time Cleveland, in the spirit of Dickens, “A Carol for Cleveland,” presented by the Cleveland Play House at the Allen Theatre from Nov. 30 – Dec. 23, tells the story of how one desperate act becomes a catalyst to forgiveness and change.
  4. The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without an authentic presentation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol, performed annually by Great Lakes Theater from Nov. 30 – Dec. 23 at the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.
  5. One part music, one part comedy, Jingle Babes at the Palace Theatre brings audiences the shtick and stories of friends and family, malls and mayhem, and ultimately the joy that lies within it all from Four Bitchin’ Babes on Dec. 2.
  6. From Cleveland Public Theater and the artists responsible for the wildly popular “Conni’s Avant-Garde Restaurant,” comes The Secret Social,” a play that offers new characters who are your hosts in a lively dance hall complete with cabaret seating, a light supper and a cash bar available through the show, running from Dec. 6 – 23.
  7. Join the nation’s oldest African American multicultural arts center Karamu House’s presentation of Black Nativity,” a contemporary retelling of the birth of Christ through gospel music, dance and songs, Dec. 7 – 30.

– April Ingle, Communications Coordinator

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