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Volume 7, Issue 98  |  December 9, 2022

Coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts is the most wonderful time of the year line-up

Nothing says the holidays like Segerstrom Center for the Arts and their incredible offering of performances, making it the most wonderful time of the year.

It doesn’t get any better than the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas; The Nutcracker; Silent Night Silent Disco; Holidays Around the World; The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook; Alton Brown Live Beyond the Eats – the Holiday Variant; Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert; Fiesta Navidad and Salute to Vienna.

It’s a magical roster of international music, dance, legendary recording artists and family holiday cheer making for a most remarkable holiday season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. 

Celebrate all month long, beginning on Sunday, Dec. 4 with every family’s Christmas classic, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas and then continuing with fun outdoor events including Silent Night Silent Disco (Friday, Dec. 9) and Holidays Around the World (Saturday, Dec. 10). Next, Sugar plums and fairies grace the stage with the return of American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker (December 9-18), followed by seasonal concerts The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook (December 15-17), Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert (December 23), Fiesta Navidad (December 23) and the season culminates with Salute to Vienna (January 1, 2023). 

Taking a closer look:

Coming to Segerstrom Center Mannheim Steamroller

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“Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” kicks off the holiday performances in Segerstrom Hall on December 4

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $59. This ultimate holiday tradition has been America’s favorite for more than 35 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Christmas classics in the distinctive Mannheim sound. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album. This year’s show will feature classic Christmas hits from the Mannheim Steamroller holiday albums along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

Silent Night Silent Disco, Friday, Dec. 9 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Tickets at $15.

Ring in the holiday season at Silent Night Silent Disco! with three upbeat channels to choose from on your own light-up wireless headphones. There’s something for everyone to enjoy – whether you love the holiday classics or Top 40, The Silent DJs will have you rockin’ around the dance floor all night long. 

Holidays Around the World, Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, and free with an RSVP. This festive family fun transforms the Plaza into a winter wonderland. Enjoy live performances from local music and dance groups that celebrate holiday traditions from around the world, create your own seasonal craft and keep an eye on the sky…you just might experience a little holiday magic with their spectacular snowfall on the Plaza.

Coming to Segerstrom Center Nutcracker

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“American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker” is a dazzling holiday spectacle

American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker runs December 9-18 in Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $29. SoCal’s favorite holiday tradition returns with American Ballet Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Created by one of today’s most celebrated choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky, this dazzling holiday treat features ABT’s roster of superstar dancers along with gorgeous sets and costumes by Tony award winner Richard Hudson and The Pacific Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

The Nutcracker is the tale of a young girl, Clara, who receives the gift of a nutcracker doll at her family’s Christmas party. In her dreams that night, the nutcracker doll comes to life as a handsome prince who joins her on a magical journey. Together, they travel to lands filled with dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, a mouse army and other exotic characters, all brought to vivid life on stage by a cast of more than 100 performers.

The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook runs December 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $79. In a celebration of classic holiday music, The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook is coming to the Center and spreading festive cheer this season. This delightful performance by Aaron Lazar and Kerry O’Malley features great holiday songs from Broadway shows and films.

Coming to Segerstrom Alton Brown

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“Alton Brown Live Beyond the Eats – The Holiday Variant” where you can expect the unexpected from a Food Network icon

Alton Brown Live Beyond the Eats – The Holiday Variant is set for Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $39.

Alton Brown says fans can expect “more cooking, more comedy, more music, and more potentially dangerous science stuff with a sprinkle of seasonal spices. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” Brown has a knack for mixing together science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He warns, “Prepare for an evening unlike any other and if I call for volunteers…think twice.”

Brown has been on the Food Network for more than 20 years and is best known as the creator, writer and host of Good Eats, Good Eats: Reloaded, and Good Eats: The Return. He also hosted Cutthroat Kitchen and served as the culinary commentator on Iron Chef America. There are two James Beard awards with Brown’s name on them in a drawer in his office, and somewhere in the world there’s a coveted Peabody awarded for Good Eats that was stolen out of his car back in 2013. In his spare time, he’s working on his ninth book on food and cooking.

Coming to Segerstrom Center Mathis

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“Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert” returns with the legendary songster

Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $59. Celebrating his 66th year in the music industry, legendary singer Johnny Mathis’ sublime vocal approach to music eclipses passing fads and trends. He has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories – from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.

Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say” and “Misty” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Mathis has recorded close to 80 albums, including six Christmas albums that have made him the undisputed and iconic “Voice of Christmas.” 

Coming to Segeratrom Fiesta Navidad

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“Fiesta Navidad with Mariachi Los Camperos” celebrates Mexican holiday traditions through festive music and dance

Fiesta Navidad with Mariachi Los Camperos is set for Friday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $32. One of Orange County’s most beloved holiday events, Fiesta Navidad, features the Grammy Award®-winning Mariachi Los Camperos in a concert filled with festive music and dance. This celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is a joyous annual tradition at Segerstrom Center, perfect for the whole family.

Coming to Segerstrom Salute to Vienna

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“Salute to Vienna” New Year’s concert kicks off 2023 in style

And finally, kick off the New Year with a Salute to Vienna, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 at 3 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $49. Timeless music, dazzling costumes, breathtaking dance and singing. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert returns to Segerstrom Center for an unforgettable New Year’s celebration that will enchant and delight audiences of all ages.

Still, even more December performances take place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts: 

Mavis Staples, Kandace Springs, Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $39.

Chita Rivera – The Rhythm of My Life, Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $39.

 To Kill A Mockingbird runs December 27 through January 8, 2023 in Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $29.

Tickets are available for purchase online at, or at the Box Office, located at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

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