Holidays on the Indy Stage + Beef and Boards Ticket Giveaway

Indianapolis pulls out all the stops when it comes to the holidays. Every stage in town is lit up with Yuletide cheer, from well-loved classics to avant-garde productions. Pour yourself a glass of eggnog and find an Indy stage show or three to put you in the holiday spirit:

A Christmas Carol

For many, this Dickens tale is Christmas, full of redemption and hope and Victorian Christmas traditions. You’ll find no fewer than five stagings of A Christmas Carol in Indianapolis. You’ll find traditional tellings, like the venerable Indianapolis Repertory Theatre production. You’ll also find musical adaptations, including A Christmas Carol at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre and Scrooge at the Christian Youth Theater. If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, Irvington’s Q Artistry is presenting Christmas Qarol Cabaret as a raucous holiday review, while ComedySportz improv is offering Christmas Carol UnscriptedGod bless us, everyone.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker at the Indianapolis School of Ballet

Gorge yourself on sugar plums with a trip to the ballet. Choose from the Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s production at the Indianapolis Museum of Art or the Indianapolis School of Ballet, performed in the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral.

Non-Traditional Shows

A Very Phoenix XMas

If you’re looking to start a new holiday tradition, you’re in luck. Indianapolis’ artists have pushed the envelope to introduce new shows that’ll have you looking at the holiday in a whole new way. Consider Theatre on the Square’s Don We Now Our Gay Apparel: 3D – Christmas in Your Face! , which involves drag queens, audience participation, and more showtunes than you can shake a stick at. Over at the Phoenix Theatre, their A Very Phoenix Xmas 7: Gettin’ Figgy with It takes a comedic look at the season through sketch comedy. For something a bit more high falutin’, Indianapolis Opera’s Amahl and the Night Visitors takes a fresh look at the story of the three wise men.

Whew! The holiday season is one of the most exciting times for any theater-goer. What are you most looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments for your chance to win two tickets to Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Winner will be drawn by random number generator at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 12/5.

Happy Hoosier Holidays!

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  • Sarah Barnes Diaz

    I’m most looking forward to seeing A Very Phoenix Christmas! I already saw A Christmas Carol and loved it! :)

  • Denise Crane

    I am most looking
    forward to seeing A Very Phoenix Xmas 7: Gettin’ Figgy with It……..

    sounds different, quirky
    yet entertaining!

  • Pamela Reilly

    I wasn’t aware that ComedySportz will share Christmas Carol Unscripted. I’m now very much looking forward to that!

  • Kim Volz

    I’m looking forward to seeing A Christmas Carol! I’ve seen a ton of different versions of this tale, but never live in theater! It’s one of my favorite :)

  • Leah Beatty

    I plan on checking out Don We Now Our Gay Apparel- Christmas in Your Face! It sounds awesome and different. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  • Jessica Turner Strange

    One of the things on my mother’s Christmas “wish list” is a trip to Beef and Boards, so that would be my pick – plus, I love the story of “A Christmas Carol” – so very timeless!

  • Brett Kruger

    Don We Now Our Gay Apparel sounds like a fun time! We’ll have to see if we can manage to make a performance. Such a busy time of the year.

  • Laura Crafton

    Another trip to Beef and Boards would make the holidays even better. My sister and I saw Chicago there a few months ago. Great, small venue for a truly personal show. And the cheesecake during intermission is nothing to complain about!

  • Latasha Little

    I’ve haven’t been to Beef and Boards, but it has always been on my list of places to go to. I would love to see a Christmas show there…especially to go out with my husband for the night and have some time for ourselves that we rarely get since we have a 7 month old son. Plus, I would love to check out the Georgia Street events–I love ice skating!

  • Elizabeth

    I’m looking forward to the Nutcracker — it’s a tradition! But then some friends also went to see A Very Phoenix Xmas and they loved it so that’s on my to-do list too.

  • Andy Hollandbeck

    I’d love to see A Christmas Carol Unscripted, but I’m too old and busy to take in a 10:00pm show! I was underwhelmed by the IRT’s Christmas Carol last year, and I’d love to give the Beef & Boards version a shot.

  • Taylor Schaffer

    I’m torn- on one hand, going to the Nutcracker is a family tradition and made me spend the first 6 years of my life wanting to be a ballerina. On the other hand, I’m a sucker for Dickens and chain wearing ghosts. Either way- I love all the options, here in Indy!

  • Suzy Risley

    For so many years, I have loved bopping around to the local theater productions. Although I am once again looking forward to Yuletide, etc., I am really excited about the church and school shows, a couple of which I have already enjoyed. So many opportunities, so little time.

  • penny McPherson

    Always love you both beef and boards and A Christmas Carol haven’t been to neither or a very long time it’s always such a treat to go.

  • Kelli Martin

    I love the Christmas Carol! My family used to go all the time when I was little — it brings back great memories! :)

  • Heather Pechin

    I’m very excited for the Indy Adult Show Choir’s 3rd Annual Christmas Show on December 15th! I love Beef and Boards and remember going to one of their Christmas Shows in High School. It was spectacular! The ISO’s Yuletide is always fun, too!

  • bethanynine

    This will be our second year to see the Phoenix Christmas show and I am hopeful it will be as awesome as last year.

  • Carrie Robb

    Christmas Carol!

  • Cynthia Ford

    A Christmas carol!!

  • Nathan Miller

    Very Phoenix Xmas 7: Gettin’ Figgy with It

  • Samantha Dawalt

    A Christmas Carol at Beef & Boards!

  • Gregory A McMullen

    Definitely a Christmas Carol.

  • Tonya Stanfield

    A Christmas Carol! =)

  • Chris

    I would love to see A Christmas Carol!

  • Cassi Schmigotzki

    It’s always nice to see the different versions of A Christmas Carol.

  • Matthew Bryant

    A Christmas Carol!

  • potuskaylan

    A Christmas Carol looks like so much fun!!

  • Amy Wood

    So hard to decide–they all look wonderful! I will say, though, that sometimes the nicest productions are ones that are free at local churches.

  • Saki Akao

    A Christmas Carol :)

  • Tom Nolan

    A Christmas Carol

  • cmbeyer

    Congrats, Michelle! You won! Please email me at by Thursday, Dec. 13 to claim your tickets.