Upcoming Shows in Lancaster, PA
Lights, curtain, action! Did you know that Lancaster is home to one of the oldest working theatres in the United States, The Fulton Theatre, and the largest faith-based theatre in the United States, Sight & Sound Theatres, as well as dinner theatres, comedy shows, and family productions? Theatre lovers, you are in the right place! Lancaster hosts a number of Broadway caliber productions and high-profile performers throughout the year. Here is a look at what is coming up this holiday season.
The 2019 Christmas Show: Joy to the World | American Music Theatre |
Now - December 30
The ringing of church bells in a quaint town square set the scene for Joy to the World, AMT’s newest holiday spectacular. Evoking the revered holiday nostalgia of hometowns all across the US, our stage will transform into a small-town winter carnival brimming with family and friends. Featuring scenes filled with entertaining elves, dramatic dancing, sensational singing, and grand moments galore. The incredible AMT Singers, Dancers, and Orchestra will perform favorites such as “Away in a Manger,” “Jingle Bells,” “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing,” “Let it Snow,” and “Carol of the Bells” live on stage. Awe-inspiring music and dance, phenomenal voices, and light-hearted holiday humor are the ingredients for this season’s all-new extravaganza.
A Magical Merry Christmas | Bird-in-Hand Stage | Now - January 1
Take a journey to the winter wonderland of the North Pole and watch toys come to life in Santa’s Workshop in this all-new magical musical variety show from master illusionist Brett A. Myers and his talented cast. Friends and family of all ages will enjoy the amazing illusions, side-splitting comedy, dazzling costumes and the inspiring message about making holiday wishes magically come true while remembering the true meaning of the season.
A Bird-in-Hand Christmas to Remember | Bird-in-Hand Stage | Now - December 28
Christmas Day approaches and uncertainty reigns in the beautiful village of Paradise. Matthew and Mary, the new owners of a thrift store, face seemingly insurmountable challenges, including a parent with dementia, a sister with control issues, some very nosy and noisy neighbors, and a painting of unknown value – all of which make for a few “bumps in the road” during the most wonderful time of the year. Will the holidays bring heartache or be filled with healing? And what is the artwork worth? Join us and find out!
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | Now - January 4
Based on the classic film with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, Holiday Inn is a whole year of holidays in one wonderful musical! It features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of Irving Berlin hits including Blue Skies, Easter Parade, Steppin’ Out With My Baby, Heat Wave, Cheek to Cheek and many more! Celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July in this heartwarming, high energy, tap dancing extravaganza!
Peter Pan | Fulton Theatre | Now - December 29
On the grand scale of Fulton’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, this is a holiday adventure for the entire family! Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved family favorites of all time. This high-flying musical follows Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, as they visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.
Miracle of Christmas | Sight & Sound Theatres | Now - December 28
The Hebrew people long for their promised Messiah. But after decades of crushing Roman rule, they begin to lose hope. In the midst of this turmoil, young Mary receives the incredible news that she will bear God’s son. But it’s not an easy task. As she awaits the Messiah’s arrival, she must embark on a perilous journey that leads her to the most unlikely place – a stable in the crowded town of Bethlehem. Celebrate the event that is central to the season, brought to life on a panoramic stage with massive sets, special effects and live animals.
A Christmas Journey | The Amish Experience | November 29-30, December 7-28
Join us as we step back in time and become part of a Victorian family’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration. The family is very excited and you will be, too, as Grandpa tells fabulous Christmas stories with the help of the amazing Magic Lantern. Runs November 29 and 30, December 7, 14, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27 & 28.
Motown Legends | PRIMA | December 6-21
The Temptations. The Jackson 5. The Supremes. Motown shattered barriers and continues to inspire every generation to move to the same beat. Don’t miss this exciting concert celebration of the most beloved songs from Hitsville USA.
Irish Christmas in America | The Ware Center | December 10
This family-friendly performance, now in its 8th season with the Arts at Millersville, features evocatively-sung Irish and Scottish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing. Seasonal photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich Celtic historical traditions and a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas with these fine artists from Ireland, Scotland and the U.S.
Calmus: Christmas A Cappella | The Trust Performing Arts Center | December 13
Bring in Christmas with one of Europe’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. A perfect blend of sound, precision, lightness and wit. These are the hallmarks of Calmus, now one of the most successful vocal groups in Germany. The ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve.
Sounds of the Season | Franklin & Marshall College | December 13 & 15
A festive holiday concert for the entire family. Lancaster Symphony Orchestra's Sounds of the Season Concert at Barshinger Center for Musical Arts at Franklin & Marshall College.
Pablo Batista's Latin Rhythms Holiday | The Ware Center | December 14
Ignite your senses this holiday season with the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of international master percussionist Pablo Batista. Based in Philadelphia, Batista has performed, recorded and toured the world for 3 decades with some of the biggest stars in R & B, jazz, Latin, pop, and gospel music. His ensemble will thrill you with a tropical take on traditional songs and holiday favorites infused with the sounds ofbomba, plena and rumba.