2019 American Music Theatre Christmas Show: Joy to the World {REVIEW}

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If you aren’t in the holiday spirit before seeing this year’s Christmas Show at American Music Theatre — you will be when you leave! It’s a wonderful, heartwarming show filled with all the classic (and new!) sounds of the season.

The show centers on a quaint American town as it prepares for and celebrates Christmas, complete with a visit from Santa himself.

The exceptionally talented cast of singers, dancers and musicians perform more than 30 holiday songs, both modern and traditional, that will have you singing and clapping along throughout the entire show.

Of course, no holiday show is complete without a few hijinks, and Santa’s elves are on-hand to provide the laughs.

I loved the entire show but I’m always a sucker for O Holy Night and the show’s rendition (a beautiful trio) almost had me in tears. They followed it with the show’s finale, a stirring performance of (appropriately) Joy to the World.

Whether you love the classics or not, this year’s Christmas show really has something for everyone, and I highly suggest bringing the whole family along to start a new holiday tradition. I’ve already told mine that’s what we’re doing next year!

Joy to the World runs through Dec. 30. But AMT is so much more than just a place to visit for the holidays! They have a wonderful line-up planned for 2020 — check it out! I know my mom is dying to see Riverdance in January, and I’m planning for The Bachelor Live on Stage in March.

Here’s a quick tip if you plan on seeing the show: AMT is located between The Tanger Outlets and The Shops at Rockvale, so plan some extra time for holiday shopping (or holiday shopping traffic) before or after the show!

You can also visit Lancaster Brewing Company’s taproom to warm up right up the street, too.

Looking for more ways to celebrate the holidays? Don’t forget to visit our Holiday Entertainment Guide to keep things merry and bright all month long!

Looking at this weekend, you can catch one of the regional ballet’s performances of The Nutcracker (Harrisburg or York), hear the sounds of the season with the Hershey Symphony (Hershey) or cozy up for a showing of White Christmas (York).

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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