Holidays at Hoyt

HolidaysatHoytLogoAnnouncing Holidays at Hoyt Featuring Three Special Productions 

Hoyt Sherman Place partners with Central Iowa Shelter & Services to Provide Donations to Families in Need

Enjoy the holidays at the historic and elegant Hoyt Sherman Place for three special seasonal productions. Hoyt Sherman Place presents Holidays at Hoyt featuring Ballet Des Moines' The Nutcracker, a family favorite ballet tradition, on December 6-9, Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas, a brand new musical comedy, on December 19-21, and Miracle on 34th Street The Musical, the beloved holiday traditional favorite, on December 22. 

These special Holidays at Hoyt productions will be working to raise donations for Central Iowa Shelter & Services to help families in need. Patrons are encouraged to donate a personal item when they purchase their tickets at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office. Personal items needed include aspirin, razors, combs, band-aids, etc. View a full list of accepted personal items at Every patron that donates one item will receive a $3 discount (one donation discount per ticket) to the Holidays at Hoyt shows. Learn more about Central Iowa Shelter & Services at

 Holidays at Hoyt and Ballet Des Moines present The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 6 at 7:00pm, Friday, December 7 at 7:00pm, Saturday, December 8 at 1:00pm & 7:00pm, and Sunday, December 9 at 1:00pm & 7:00pm

The family classic you loved as a child with the professional ballet you appreciate as an adult. Hoyt Sherman and his family lived in their home, now adjacent to the theater, during the time of the Nutcracker's premier. Our Nutcracker is set to reflect Sherman's era and his home. You'll feel as if you stepped back in time as you and your family enjoy this holiday classic steeped in the beauty of the Victorian era.

Holidays at Hoyt presents Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

Wednesday, December 19 at 2:00pm, Thursday, December 20 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Friday, December 21 at 7:30pm

And out of the basement shall come a church basement program of good tidings, great humor and joy! The ladies are serving it up again! This time around it’s an all-new holiday show. Troupe America, Inc., the Producer of the nationally acclaimed musical comedy Church Basement Ladies and Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping, presents a new musical comedy Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas.

Away in the Basement takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations and sprinklings of love in the air, the ladies in their witty, down-to-earth style are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. Content to do things the way they have always been done, yet pondering new ideas, the reality of everyday life hits home as they plan the Sunday School Christmas Program. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags filled with apples, peanuts and ribbon candy while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. As they mend old bathrobe costumes, discuss the politics of who’s going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day!

Holidays at Hoyt presents Miracle on 34th Street The Musical

Saturday, December 22 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in this musical adaptation of the popular holiday favorite. In his inimitable style, Meredith Willson (The Music Man, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), tells us the classic story of the year. A white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine miracle on 34th Street, spreading a wave of love throughout New York City, fostering camaraderie between Macy’s and Gimbel’s Department Stores, and convincing a divorced, cynical single mother, her somber daughter and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus is no myth.

Filled with humor, spectacle (the opening scene takes place at none other than Macy’s famous Thanksgiving Parade) and such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries,” “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” and “My State, My Kansas,” this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment. Miracle on 34th Street is produced by Troupe America Inc., now in its 25th year of touring musicals and comedies.


Ticketing Information

All tickets are reserved seating. Purchase tickets in person at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office at 1501 Woodland Ave.,, (800) 745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster location. Group discounts available for parties of 15 or more (exceptions may apply).

Donate a personal item to Central Iowa Shelter & Services at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office to get a $3 discount per ticket purchased to either The NutcrackerAway in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas or Miracle on 34th Street The Musical.

Recycling Program

Hoyt Sherman Place Goes Green with a Recycling Program

HSP Recycling ContainersMore than 75,000 guests visit the mansion, theater and art galleries annually, and one of the goals of the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation and the Hoyt Sherman Place staff is to continue to enhance the beauty of the building, preserving it for generations. In June 2012, Hoyt Sherman Place was awarded a grant with the Competitive Grant Program from Metro Waste Authority, which will provide the facility the opportunity to preserve the historic landmark while maintaining a focus on environmental sustainability.

With this grant, management will be able to set up a new recycling program that will allow the facility to decrease the amount of trash from the offices, events and other programs, and divert it from the landfill to recycling centers. The grant will fund the initial setup of the program by purchasing the proper containers for the historic theater lobby and art galleries. Recycling will be available throughout the facility starting in early September.

Over the past year, there has been a trend in increasing environmental awareness for the events and entertainment industry. Hoyt Sherman Place has hosted several musicians that focus on environmental sustainability, including Guster who started Reverb, a nonprofit organization devoted to environmental standards for musicians. Hoyt Sherman Place also hosts the Iowa Recycling Association annual luncheon and awards ceremony. As the entertainment industry standards change, there is also an increase in clients’ awareness on holding an event at a location that is dedicated to environmental sustainability.

By incorporating a recycling program into the daily operations, Hoyt Sherman Place will be able to simultaneously meet client needs for sustainability awareness, preserve the historic landmark for the future, and protect the environment. 



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