Looking to boost the holiday spirit this year? Check out one of the many holiday shows being performed on stages, and in one case on the water, throughout South Florida . From the traditional Nutcracker ballet to the extravagant Winterfest Boat Parade, here are the best holiday shows South Florida has to offer.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Enchanting audiences year after year, the Miami City Ballet dancers twirl, glide and jet across the stage to bring George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to life. With a cast of more than 100, the ballet is a must-see for all ages. The ballet also features dancing flowers, a whirl of brilliant orange, magenta and green just before the arrival of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ticket prices start at $19.75. The show runs from Dec. 15-18th at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 NE Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL and from Dec. 21-24 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Rediscover the magic of the season with gingerbread men who flip in mid air, toy soldiers march on thin wires and snowmen perform a daring balancing act at Cirque Dreams Holidaze. From the renowned director Neil Goldberg, this show features a cast of over 30 multi-talented and costumed artists who bring their characters to life to perform astonishing feats over a landscape of holiday wonderment. Soak in some holiday cheer in a setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot soldiers. The show runs from Dec. 27 to Jan 1 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tickets start at $29.25.
Enjoy some holiday favorites with a twist thanks to these world-class musicians. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring their ever-popular holiday rock opera to Miami this year. The 2 ½ hour show features music, flame throwers, unmatched lasers and amazing choreography. Whether you've seen the show in the past, or its your first time, the performance will leave you awestruck. The show will be held Friday, Dec. 9th, at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Tickets start at $29.00.
Y100 Jingle Ball
Start the holiday season off with this Y100 tradition. Get into the holiday spirit with the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, LMFAO, Foster the People among others. With artists like these, everybody will have a good time. The show will be held on Dec.10 at the Bank Atlantic Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise, FL . Don’t forget to put your hands up to the sound!
The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
While not officially a show, it deserves a mention since its the 7th largest spectator event in the country. Consider this South Florida’s way of making the holiday season come alive. The show, accompanied by various events throughout December, boasts beautifully decorated boats, large and small, floating along the Intracoastal Waterway. The parade will be held on Dec.10. The best spot to watch these twinkling boats will be at the Grandstand viewing area located at Birch State Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway. Tickets start at $22 for adults and $17 for children.