25+ Christmas Musicals – A Full List of Shows

Looking to get into the holiday spirit through the joy of musical theatre? You’re in the right place! Keep scrolling down to find a full list of Christmas stage musicals – new and classics!

The following list is broken down into three categories – “Christmas Musicals”, “Musicals That Mention Christmas”, and “Musicals with Winter Vibes”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Christmas Musicals

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Music/Lyrics/Book: Charles M. Schulz

Musical Type: 1965 TV Special /Contemporary Musical (2013)

Songs About Christmas: Multiple


A Christmas Carol

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Mike Ockrent

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas Together”, “Christmas Day”


A Christmas Story

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul  Book: Joseph Robinette

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Songs About Christmas: Multiple


A VHS Christmas Carol

Music/Lyrics/Book: Clark Baxtresser

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas Electricity”, “Christmas Day”


A Wonderful Life

Music: Joe Raposo  Lyrics/Book: Sheldon Harnick

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas Gifts”


Black Nativity

Music/Lyrics: Traditional  Book: Langston Hughes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Songs About Christmas: Multiple


Cinnamon Grits

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs About Christmas: Multiple


Elf

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics: Chad Beguelin  Book: Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Songs About Christmas: Multiple


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Music: Mel Marvin  Lyrics/Book: Timothy Mason

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Songs About Christmas: Multiple


Judy’s Scary Little Christmas

Music/Lyrics: Joe Patrick Ward  Book: David Church, Jim Webber

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Songs About Christmas: “Back in Christmas Town”, “Nixon’s Christmas Memory”


Miracle on 34th Street / Here’s Love

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1963)

Songs About Christmas: “Pine Cones and Holly Berries”


Nativity!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Debbie Isitt, Nicky Ager

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Songs About Christmas: Multiple


Nuncrackers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Songs About Christmas: Multiple


Scrooge!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Songs About Christmas: “A Christmas Carol”, “Christmas Children”


White Christmas

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: David Ives, Paul Blake

Musical Type: 1954 Film/Contemporary Musical (2000)

Songs About Christmas: “Happy Holiday”, “White Christmas”


Winter Wonderettes

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2016)

Songs About Christmas: Multiple


Musicals That Mention Christmas

Amazing Grace

Music/Lyrics/Book: Christopher Smith  Book: Arthur Giron

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

When Christmas is Mentioned: Set just before Christmas


Annie

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Martin Charnin  Book:  Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Songs About Christmas: “A New Deal for Christmas”


Beehive

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Larry Gallagher

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1985)

Songs About Christmas: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”


Billy Elliot

Music: Elton John  Lyrics/Book: Lee Hall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Songs About Christmas: “Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher”


Black Friday

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Blim  Book: Matt Lang, Nick Lang

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Songs About Christmas: “Deck the Halls”


Caroline, or Change

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Tony Kushner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Songs About Christmas: “Santa Comin’ Caroline”


Catch Me If You Can

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year”


Cyrano

Music: Michael J. Lewis  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Burgess

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Songs About Christmas: “Autumn Carol”


Flahooley

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics/Book: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Fred Saidy

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

Songs About Christmas: “Who Says There Ain’t No Santa Claus”


Greenwillow

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loesser  Book: Lesser Samuels

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Songs About Christmas: “Greenwillow Christmas”


Holiday Inn

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Gordon Greenberg, Chad Hodge

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2014)

Songs About Christmas: “White Christmas”, “Holiday Inn”, “Happy Holiday”


I Love My Wife

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)

Songs About Christmas: “Lovers on Christmas Eve”


John & Jen

Music/Book: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Tom Greenwald

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas 1″, “Christmas 2”


Leader of the Pack

Music/Lyrics: Ellie Greenwich  Lyrics: Jeff Barry, Phil Spector, Shadow Morton, Jeff Kent, Ellen Foley  Book: Anne Beatts

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1984)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”


Little Women

Music: Jason Howland  Lyrics: Mindi Dickstein  Book: Allan Knee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Songs About Christmas: “Our Finest Dreams”


Mame

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Songs About Christmas: “We Need a Little Christmas”


Meet Me in St. Louis

Music/Lyrics: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: 1944 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1989)

Songs About Christmas: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”


Now Is the Time for All Good Men

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Songs About Christmas: “My Holiday”


Oh, What a Lovely War!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joan Littlewood

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas Day in the Cookhouse”


Pickwick

Music: Cyril Ornadel  Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse  Book: Wolf Mankowitz

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Songs About Christmas: “That’s What I’d Like for Christmas”, “Winter Waltz”


Promises, Promises

Music: Burt Bacharach  Lyrics: Hal David  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1968)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas Day”


Rent

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas Bells”


Rex

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Sherman Yellen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas at Hampton Court”, “The Wee Golden Warrior”


She Loves Me

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Joe Masteroff

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Songs About Christmas: “Twelve Days to Christmas”


Starting Here, Starting Now

Music/Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr., David Shire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1976)

Songs About Christmas: “I Don’t Remember Christmas”


Subways Are For Sleeping

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Songs About Christmas: “Be a Santa”


The Last Five Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jason Robert Brown

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Songs About Christmas: “The Schmuel Song”


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

Music/Lyrics: Pippa Cleary  Lyrics/Book: Jake Brunger

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Christmas: “The Nativity”


The Who’s Tommy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Pete Townshend  Book: Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Songs About Christmas: “Christmas”


Twelfth Night

Music/Lyrics/Concept: Shaina Taub  Concept: Kwame Kwei-Armah

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

When Christmas is Mentioned: Set on the twelfth night of Christmas


Musicals With Winter Vibes

Frozen

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez  Book: Jennifer Lee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Wintery Songs: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, “Colder by the Minute”


Other blog posts you might like:

Current Broadway Musicals

• Musical Theatre Gifts

Musicals Based on Movies

Musicals about New York City

Musicals for Kids

Religious Musicals


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Do you know any other great Christmas musicals?

And which of the above are your favorites? We would be excited to hear all about it in the comments below!


Stacy Karyn, author of Christmas Musicals.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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