Live performances are a fun way to get into the holiday spirit with your friends and family. Albuquerque is full of live musical concerts, dance performances and more that will help you celebrate the season.

Rhythm of the Yuletide Dance

Nov. 19

Irish dancers perform at Rhythm of the Yuletide

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Get in the holiday spirit with this electric performance at Popejoy Hall. You’ll watch world-champion Irish dancers perform traditional and modern Celtic dances to holiday music.

“The Nutcracker” at Popejoy Hall

Nov. 25 – Dec. 3

Clara dances with the nutcracker during a performance of The Nutcracker at Popejoy Hall

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Don’t miss the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” performed by the New Mexico Ballet Company. The New Mexico Philharmonic provides the music along with principal dancers from the San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet.

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley”

Dec. 1 – Dec. 24

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Be transported back into the world of “Pride & Prejudice” with the play “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” You’ll revisit many of the beloved characters of the Jane Austen novel while learning more about Mary Bennet, the middle sister.

The New Mexico Holiday Escape

Dec. 2

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Escape into the holidays with some smooth jazz at the African American Performing Arts Center and Exhibit Hall. Gregg Karukas will be joined by Phillip Doc Martin and youth musicians from local schools.

“Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet”

Dec. 12

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Take your family to see “Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet” at the Albuquerque Convention Center’s Kiva Auditorium. An international cast of dancers will perform classical European ballet in this holiday classic.

“La Estrella: A Flamenco Story of the Kings’ Quest”

Dec. 15

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The National Institute of Flamenco presents this family-friendly holiday story. “La Estrella” combines flamenco with Spanish regional dances, Christmas carols and African dance in a stunning performance.

Mariachi Christmas

Dec. 15

Dancers perform at Mariachi Christmas

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Ring in the season with a classic Albuquerque tradition, Mariachi Christmas. The sounds of Christmas in Mexico come alive with mariachi music and traditional ballet folklórico.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Pajama Brunch

Dec. 24

Exterior of the Historic Lobo Theater

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For those looking for a family-friendly classic holiday movie, stop by the Historic Lobo Theater’s pajama brunch showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Enjoy a full buffet-style brunch before the movie begins. Discounts are given to those who wear their pajamas!