7 best holiday theater shows to enjoy in the Denver metro before Christmas

DENVER -- The weather is cooling down for the winter, which means you will probably start looking for entertainment options taking place indoors. 

What better to celebrate the holidays than with a theater performance? Here are our picks for the best theater shows to enjoy this holiday season. 

1.  The Colorado Ballet presents: The Nutcracker

What: Join the Colorado Ballet as they take you through the magical world of “The Nutcracker.”

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis Street

When: Nov. 24 through Dec. 24, 2017

Admission: Varies; you can purchase tickets here

2. A Christmas Carol

What: Just as essential as watching a performance of The Nutcracker, “A Christmas Carol” should be on your to-see list before the end of the holiday season. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this musical takes you through a journey of redemption and hope.

Where: Stage Theatre, 1101 13th Street in Denver

When: Nov. 24 through Dec. 24, 2017

Admission: Varies; you can purchase tickets by calling 800-641-1222.

3. Elf the Musical

What: You’ve seen the 2003 fantasy film starring Will Ferrell, but if you want to see the life of Buddy come alive on the stage, then head to the Buell Theatre this holiday season. You will leave the theatre embracing your inner elf.

Where: Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis Street

When: Dec. 13 through Dec. 17, 2017 

Admission: Varies; you can purchase tickets by calling 800-641-1222.

4. Resolutions

What: Josh Hartwell, a local playwright and Edge Theater Company member, takes the audience through a different kind of holiday performance: Every year, six couples meet in a fancy Vail cabin to celebrate after Christmas and plan their New Year’s resolutions, but this year something different is about to happen.

Where: The Edge Theater Company, 1560 Teller Street.

When: Dec. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017

Admission: Tickets start at $30; you can purchase tickets here.

5. The Simba Claus – King of the Jingle

What: Billed as the “holiday comedy with Claus,” this take on the holidays sees Mufasa from the Lion King transformed into St. Nick. Simba, instead of becoming the king of jungle, will have to become the King of the Jingle. The Simba Claus is appropriate for all ages.   

Where: Bovine Metropolis Theater, 1527 Champa Street

When: Dec. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 23

Admission: Tickets start at $20. You can purchase them here.

6. The SantaLand Diaries

What: If you’re looking for some snarky Christmas comedy, then join Crump the Elf for his acclaimed one-man show based on stories by David Sedaris. This show is targeted for mature audiences due to language and subject matter.

Where: The Jones theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street

When: Nov. 24 through Dec. 24, 2017

Admission: Varies, but tickets start at $25. You can purchase them by calling 800-641-1222.

7. The Big Red Sack

What: If you’re looking for non-traditional holiday fun, then this performance at the Avenue Theater might just be the thing for you. Billed as “the holiday show you shouldn't take your kids to,” this clever, relentless show is not for easily offended.

Where: Avenue Theater, 417 East 17th Avenue

When: Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, 2017

Admission: Tickets start at $27.50; you can purchase them here.

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