There are many Christmas traditions that we all hold near and dear to our hearts.

My personal favorite is going to the theatre, which is actually what introduced me into the theatre and dance world from a young age (thanks, Mom and Dad). Bundled in our winter dresses with coats, scarves, and mittens, we’d go to A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker every year. There are tons of wintery activities to do in Denver during the holidays, but many of those require being outside in the cold. So ditch the cold, stay inside, and get in the holiday spirit by supporting your local thespians!

Santa’s Big Red Sack

The Avenue

Santa's Big Red Sack at the Avenue

This “non-traditional holiday entertainment” has coined itself witty, relentless, and is perfect for some holiday laughs with the family. Think twice before you bring your great-aunt Mildred, as the website says that this show is “not for the easily offended”. Perfect! Enjoy a couple drinks and laugh at all your favorite holiday things such as gift exchanges, reindeer, and Christmas carols. The show runs until December 24th and tickets are $28. If that’s not enough motivation for you, it is going to be the final season of Santa’s Big Red Sack… so you better buy your tickets right now!

A Christmas Story, The Musical

BDT Stage

Scene from A Christmas Story the Musical at BDT Theatre

Everyone knows “you’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” A Christmas Story (should be) at the top of everyone’s holiday watchlist, but this year you can take it to the next level and see the musical at BDT Stage in Boulder! BDT is a dinner theatre (you eat before, then dessert at intermission if you’d like) so pile the kids in the car and enjoy a night out. You won’t have to worry about wrangling your kids from point A to point B, you’ll be in the same cozy spot all night and they’ll be able to get some energy out at intermission. Tickets are available online, but you can try to score a discount (and avoid a three dollar fee per ticket) if you call the box office at 303-449-6000!

The SantaLand Diaries

Jones Theatre at Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Michael Bouchard in The SantaLand Diaries. Photo courtesy of AdamsVisCom.

You’ll be howling and hooting with laughter as this jaded Macy’s SantaLand elf tells his tale of Christmas madness. Like Santa’s Big Red Sack, this show isn’t kid friendly so leave the kiddies at home with the babysitter and enjoy a night of holiday humor that we could all use. The SantaLand Diaries runs until December 24th and tickets start at 25 but are running out quickly, so don’t delay!

The Humans by Stephen Karam

Curious Theatre Company

Scene from The Humans at Curious Theatre Company.

The Humans takes place over Thanksgiving dinner (what’s more holiday-ish than that?!) and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. This new American classic humorously explores the subject of family and how they deal with “aging, illness, and a changing economy”. The Humans is showing at Curious Theatre until December 22nd and tickets range around 45 dollars depending on the day that you go. Tickets are available here!

Well, I’m just feeling all holly and jolly now. As you can see, we are surrounded by talent of all sorts in Denver. Any of these shows would make a great gift or date night, and you’ll know you’re putting your money where your mouth is by supporting local talent!

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