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originally published: 10/27/2022

Upcoming Holiday Events at Mayo Performing Arts Center

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) — The holiday season kicks off in early at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on November 6 with the arrival of Baby Shark Live!: The Christmas Show and extends through December 27 with the final performances of New Jersey Ballet’s nutcracker. In between, there are numerous holiday concerts and events for families, children and adults. Here’s a look at the lineup.

Click on the title of each show for more information and ticket information. Please note that MPAC’s schedule is subject to change.

Baby Shark Live!: The Christmas Show – Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 1:00pm & 5:00pm. Splash along with Baby Shark and Pinkfong as they journey into the sea for the Holidays to sing and dance through some of your favorite songs in Baby Shark Live!: The Christmas Show! This one-of-a-kind immersive experience will have fans of all ages dancing in the aisles as they join Baby Shark and friends for exciting adventures into the jungle and under the sea to explore shapes, colors, numbers and so much more! Enjoy hit songs in this dazzling kids spectacular, including “Baby Shark,” “Five Little Monkeys,” “Wheels On The Bus,” and “Monkey Banana Dance,” as well as holiday classics such as “Jingle Bells” and more! Ages 2+. Ticket range from $39-$59.

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays – Friday, November 11, 2022 at 7:30pm and Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm. Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Ticket range from $49-$89.

Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays – Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 8:00pm. We could all use a little “Love” this holiday season! Rolling Stone Magazine calls Darlene Love one of the greatest singers of all time. This rebel in stilettos performs seasonal favorites such as “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” as well as her hits. Ticket range from $39-$69.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 2:00pm & 6:30pm. The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season! Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Ages 3+. Ticket range from $39-$69.

An Intimate Evening with David Foster and Katharine McPhee – Friday. December 2, 2022 at 8:00pm. Sixteen-time Grammy award-winning musician, songwriter and producer David Foster and acclaimed singer, television and Broadway star Katharine McPhee perform an intimate show packed with David’s hits from Chicago, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Buble and more, and Kat’s biggest songs from American Idol, Smash and Waitress. Plus some of their favorites that they just love! Tickets range from $85-$150.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis – Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 3:00pm & and 8:00pm. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of the top-selling Christmas music artist in history! America’s favorite holiday celebration for four decades features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects that bring the magic of the holidays to life. Tickets range from $59-$99.

Top of the World: A Carpenters Tribute Christmas Show – Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3:00pm. The incomparable Carpenters gave us some of the most unforgettable ballads and melodic pop songs of all time, including “Close To You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “Yesterday Once More.” Enjoy a nostalgic journey through the Carpenters greatest hits as well as holiday favorites like “Merry Christmas Darling” while sharing the backstories behind the music. Tickets range from $29-$59.

Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits and Holiday Favorites – Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 7:30pm. Celebrate the holidays with the Grammy-winning artist known for such classics as “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “How Can We Be Lovers” and more. Tickets range from $60-$100.

Celtic Angels ChristmasFriday, December 9 at 7:30pm. This joyous celebration of traditional and contemporary Irish and holiday music captivates audiences of all ages with the magic of the season. Featuring the impeccable harmonies of the Celtic Angels, the show-stopping step dancing of the Celtic Knight Dancers and music by Trinity Band Ensemble. Tickets range from $39-$69.

A Very Darren Crissmas with Darren Criss – Sunday, December 11 at 7:00pm. Award-winning actor, singer, and songwriter Darren Criss (Glee) performs songs from his recent holiday album, A Very Darren Crissmas, with music ranging from big band Christmas classics to novelty tunes to modern-day folk-pop ballads. A Very Darren Crissmas showcases his kaleidoscopic artistry and delivers both thrillingly unpredictable moments and a timeless sense of Christmas magic. Tickets range from $49-$99.

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker With New Jersey Symphony from December 16-December 27, 2022. New Jersey Ballet’s beloved annual tradition enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic, set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score performed live by New Jersey Symphony. Tickets range from $35-$75.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is located at 100 South Street in Morristown, New Jersey. MPAC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2022-2023 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the FM Kirby Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. Mayo Performing Arts Center was named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theater by the League of Historic American Theaters, and is ranked in the top 50 mid-sized performing arts centers by Pollstar Magazine.