It’s the most wonderful time of the year to get out and enjoy the live Christmas shows in Fort Myers and all across Southwest Florida.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions as a child was singing along to my favorite Christmas songs during a live show.  I will never forget the first time I walked into Radio City Music Hall in New York City as a little girl for The Christmas Spectacular.  The Rockettes are still my favorite to this day, which I am certain is a favorite shared by many.  As an adult, I still treasure the looks on my own children’s faces when I was fortunate enough to take them for their first time when we visited New York City.  Such great memories

While it may not be New York City, we’ve got some really good options across Southwest Florida this holiday season, from symphonies to ballets to parodies to musicals and more.

Make plans for a date night, a family fun outing or a girl’s night!  Take time to enjoy some of these live Christmas shows happening right here in Fort Myers and surrounding areas.

If live shows aren’t your thing or for even more Christmas events happening in the area, click here for a list of Holiday Events Happening in Southwest Florida in 2023.

11 Live Christmas Shows To See In Southwest Florida This Holiday Season

 

  • Elf The Musical

    Showing at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater now thru December 25th!

    Based on the popular film, this hilarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

    Elf - Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

    Based on the popular film, this hilarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Raised in the North Pole, Buddy is unaware that he is human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

  • Deck The Halls presented by Gulf Coast Symphony

    Sunday, December 3rd at 7pm |  Barbara B. Mann PAH

    Celebrate the spirit of the season with Gulf Coast Symphony’s annual holiday tradition! The festive sounds of the season ring through the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, as the Gulf Coast Symphony presents your most favorite symphonic pops holiday medleys.

    Deck The Halls | Barbara B Mann I Official Website

    Celebrate the spirit of the season with Gulf Coast Symphony's annual holiday tradition! The festive sounds of the season ring through the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, as the Gulf Coast Symphony presents your most favorite symphonic pops holiday medleys.

  • North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts: The Nutcracker

    Thursday, December 7th at 7pm | Barbara B. Mann PAH

    The two-act ballet is a multi-faceted arts educational experience for students of all ages and arts disciplines at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts. As an Arts Schools Network “Exemplary School”, the Academy is thrilled to celebrate the talents of our students through the arts by bringing over 200 students ages 6-14 to the stage.

    North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts: The Nutcracker | Barbara B Mann I Official Website

    Now BACK ON STAGE in our 21st year of production and our 13th performance at Barbara B. Mann, North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts welcomes members of the community to enjoy our special production of Tchaikovsky's Holiday Classic, The Nutcracker.

  • The Nutcracker with Gulfshore Ballet

    Saturday, December 16th at 2pm & 7:30pm | Barbara B. Mann PAH

    This holiday season, join the Gulfshore Ballet and the Gulf Coast Symphony as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world. Tchaikovsky holiday classic presented with new choreography created by Gulfshore Ballet Artistic Directors Iliana Lopez & Franklin Gamero.

    The Nutcracker with Gulfshore Ballet | Barbara B Mann I Official Website

    A treasured classic for the whole family to enjoy, this exhilarating production comes to life with magnificent costumes and captivating choreography - all to the backdrop of Tchaikovsky's mesmerizing score - 'The Nutcracker'. This holiday season, join the Gulfshore Ballet and the Gulf Coast Symphony as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world.

  • NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet

    Friday, December 29th at 1pm & 5pm

    Experience the extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian Principal Artists performing at the peak of classical European Ballet. Be transported by the magic of jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger-than-life puppets and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes. 

    NUTCRACKER! | Barbara B Mann I Official Website

    Nutcracker! Magic of Christmas Ballet at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW.

  • Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert

    Sunday, December 31st at 3pm | Barbara B. Mann PAH

    European singers, dancers, and full orchestra. With timeless music, dazzling costumes, breathtaking dance, stunning floral designs, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert returns to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW for an unforgettable New Year’s celebration that will enchant and delight audiences of all ages.

    Salute to Vienna | Barbara B Mann I Official Website

    Strauss Symphony of America András Deák, conductor (Budapest) Katarzyna Dondalska, soprano (Berlin-Warsaw) Franz Gürtelschmied, tenor (Vienna) Featuring dancers from Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami European singers, dancers, and full orchestra. With timeless music, dazzling costumes, breathtaking dance, stunning floral designs, Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert returns to the Barbara B.

  • White Christmas

    December 7th – 10th at Fort Myers Youth Theatre

    Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. 

    White Christmas Tickets | Ft Myers Theatre

    Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II.With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob a

  • Elf The Musical

    December 14th – 31st at Fort Myers Youth Theatre

    Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly 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.

    Elf the Musical Tickets | Ft Myers Theatre

    Fort Myers Theatre 16120 San Carlos Boulevard Fort Myers, Florida 33908 Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly 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.

  • Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas! A Die Hard Musical Parody

    December 8th – December 23rd at The Laboratory Theater of Florida

    The Die Hard you know and love: actions, explosions… dance numbers? In this nostalgic homage to one of the greatest action movies of the 80’s, grizzled cop John McClane fights terrorists and tries to understand his business-driven wife. Jokes galore in this parody of a Christmas classic… and yes, it is a Christmas movie.

    Box Office

    That perennial favorite bucket list event known as The 24-Hour Playwriting project is back for Season 15! The theme for this season is once-again a well-guarded secret, as are the handicaps, props, and other requirements given to the playwrights at the absolute last minute. Playwrights will be assigned a theme, a director, and actors.

  • White Christmas

    December 13th – 17th | Arts Center Theatre Marco Island Town Center

    Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake

  • A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

    December 7th – 10th | Center for Performing Arts, Moe Auditorium & Film Center in Bonita Springs

    The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials for fruitcake (extra fancy), and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.

    A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play - Center for the Arts Bonita Springs

    Arts Bonita Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play Adapted by Joe Landry Directed by Cody C Jones December 7, 2023; 7pm December 8, 2023; 7pm December 9, 2023; 2pm & 7pm December 10, 2023; 2pm & 7pm Tickets: $35 General / $10 Student The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as...

     

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