The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

The Ultimate Christmas Show


November 24 - December 23

Book by Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin

Opening Night, Friday, November 24 at 8:00 pm

Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything. But there’s a problem: none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived, so three members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves. An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays and back by popular demand, THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW is festive, funny, physical, family fun.

“A pure delight from start to finish … Inspired madness!” —Broadway World

 “THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED) will make your spirits bright, whether you joyfully embrace the upcoming season or get dragged into it kicking and screaming.” —Broadway World

“Delightfully twisted holiday cheer. Christmas will never be the same once you share the holiday with the inspired lunacy of the masters of condensing the classics.” —San Diego Theatre World

Brought down the house with gales of laughter. – Theatre Mirror

Join the Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) gift exchange!
Bring a gift valued at $5 or less to trade,
or you can find one in the lobby available for donation if needed.

The Ultimate Christmas Show


On Mainstage November 24 – December 23

Opening Night: Friday, November 24, 2023 at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (except 12/20: 2 p.m.) | Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays 8 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m.

Additional Show: Tuesday, December 19 at 7 p.m. 

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

Talkback with Actors:
Sunday, December 3 after the 2 p.m. show

Historic Buildings come with Historic Challenges.

The Hippodrome’s historic elevator will not be available during the run of our holiday shows. If this impacts your ability to see the show, please contact the box office to arrange the best accommodations. Contact us at or 352-375-4477. Box Office is open Wed-Sun from 12 to 5 or the latest show time.

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Content Advisory: Irreverent yet heartwarming, the Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) does feature comic depictions of violence, mild innuendo, bawdy language, and the occasional rude word. PG-13.

Contact the Box Office (352 375 4477) or email for Accessible Seating 

Parking and Safety Protocols

THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED) is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) in the News

Christmas past, present and future: The Hippodrome’s holiday season
‘A Christmas Carol,’‘The Ultimate Christmas Show’ connect generations of actors – By Bonny Matejowsky – December 3, 2023 – The Alligator

Hippodrome Theatre Christmas plays to premiere Thanksgiving weekend – By Staff Reporter – November 20, 2023 – Mainstreet Daily News

What plays are onstage in Gainesville for the holiday season? Here’s your guide – By Ron Cunningham – November 14, 2023 – Gainesville Sun | USA TODAY NETWORK


Opening Night

Pictures by Alexandra Erickson