Get in the holiday spirit at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Ashley Knox in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

With the holidays approaching, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is bringing the magic of the winter season to life with an exciting family friendly lineup that includes a Broadway blockbuster, holiday classics, and some of Miami’s newest traditions.

Kicking off the holiday season at the Center with its beautiful sets, lavish costumes and magical special effects is the classic holiday performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, performed by the renowned Miami City Ballet. This year’s production will feature a large cast of local children dancing side-by-side with international ballet stars. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ runs from December 17 through December 23 in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House.

In what is now considered a Miami tradition, Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra will grace the stage of the Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall for a stirring performance of Handel’s Messiah on December 18. Messiah, Handel’s most celebrated composition, has been thrilling audiences during the holiday season for more than 250 years.

Joining the Center’s stellar holiday lineup this year is the Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller on December 26. Mannheim Steamroller, now celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their annual Christmas tour, will perform versions of some the most popular Christmas music of all time, including classic hits such as “Deck the Halls” and “Silent Night.”

In what is sure to be an exciting close to the holiday season, Miami audiences will take in the dazzling new production and Miami premiere of the romantic and enchanting musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – the Broadway performance for all generations. Based on the Academy® Award-winning animated feature film, this classic love story is an eye-popping spectacle that has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. Beauty and the Beast will awe Miami audiences into the New Year, with performances beginning December 28 and running through January 2.

Patrons visiting the Adrienne Arsht Center this winter season have several dining options on-site, including PRELUDE by Barton G., the Center’s full-service restaurant, and the brand new BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Lounge, located in the historic Carnival Arts Tower. Both venues are open before and after performances. Visit the Center’s website,, for hours and more information.

For tickets to the Center’s holiday performances, please visit or call the box office at 305-949-6722.

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