— Nightly hot chocolate and peppermint-infused specialty cocktails
also make the holidays warm and bright —

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 5, 2018) — For the first time since opening, Dr. Phillips Center has curated four weeks of holiday fare, including a smashing Broadway musical, a holiday-themed country concert and a variety show starring comedian Jane Lynch. The line-up also includes several performances of Orlando Ballet’s The Nutcracker – including two afternoon family shows – and the Orlando Philharmonic’s Home For the Holidays.

“This holiday won’t be complete without a visit to the Dr. Phillips Center,” said Foster Cronin, the arts center’s vice president of programming. “Whether you enjoy the classics or prefer a little more modern take on your holiday entertainment, we have something for you this year.”  

In addition to 30 holiday performances, the arts center is also adding some seasonal cheer to its menu. A peppermint-infused specialty cocktail will be available for purchase at the arts center’s Tier 2 Craft Cocktail Bar and Foxtail Coffee will serve both kid and adult versions of hot chocolate in its coffee bar, also on Tier 2.

Holiday performances at the arts center include:
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays!” (Nov 24) – a musical celebration capturing the spirit of the season, with Albert George Schram leading the orchestra, choirs and guest artists. Bob Carr Theater, 2 p.m. an 8 p.m., tickets start at $25.
  • Handel’s “Messiah” performed by the Messiah Choral Society (Nov 25) – Considered the most magnificent classical masterwork of all time, Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented by the Messiah Choral Society led by Dr. John Sinclair. Orlando’s longest running free cultural performance will feature a local professional orchestra and 100-member volunteer choir. Bob Carr Theater, 3 p.m., free.
  • The Piano Guys: Christmas Together (Nov 30) – an avant-guard cellist and pianist who rose to fame through social media present a fresh, modern take on Christmas. Bob Carr Theater, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $54.50.
  • Many Moods of Christmas (Dec 1) – the Bethune Cookman Concert Chorale entertain with an evening of holiday, jazz and gospel music. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, 5 p.m., free.
  • Songs of the Season (Dec 1) – Dr. Phillips Center, Rollins College and Full Sail University team up to present the annual free outdoor concert including an evening of holiday sing-alongs, dancing and state-of-the-art visual artistry under the stars. Seneff Arts Plaza, 7 p.m., free.
  • Lauren Daigle: The Behold Christmas Tour (Dec 7) – two-time Billboard Music Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee and American Music Award recipient Daigle brings her unique, soulful sound to this very special holiday concert. Bob Carr Theater, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $24.75.
  • Orlando Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” (Dec 7–9, 13–15) – the spectacular holiday classic of Clara’s beloved story. Walt Disney Theater, showtimes vary, tickets start at $19. 
  • Orlando Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Family Show (Dec 8 & 15) – the holiday classic for younger audiences in a special one-hour performance. Walt Disney Theater, 11 a.m., tickets start at $15.
  • Home Free: A Country Christmas (Dec 8) – the country group Home Free will perform all-new music and country holiday favorites. Bob Carr Theater, 8 p.m., tickets start at $19.50.
  • Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas (Dec 14–16) – Emmy and Golden Globe winning-actress, Jane Lynch and friends produce a hilarious and ‘unapologetically sentimental’ evening. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, showtimes vary, tickets start at $55.
  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Dec 18 –23) – Part of the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Series, the classic movie comes to life on stage. Walt Disney Theater, showtimes vary, tickets start from $54.25.

While not holiday in theme, Broadway’s Hello Dolly! starring Betty Buckley will play in the Walt Disney Theater November 27 through December 2.

For more details, visit All tickets should be purchased online at, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the box office in person at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. Groups of 10 or more should contact or 407.455.5550.

About Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Fla. With its opening in November 2014, the arts center has become a gathering place for creativity and discovery, and a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room and other event rental spaces. Under construction is Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. Dr. Phillips Center collaborates with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida and generous donors.