Skip to main content Skip to footer site map


The production is a must-see holiday event to usher in the season.

Featuring a talented cast that you can only see at a Cirque production, Cirque Musica, audience members were captivated by the acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, and fun holiday merriment that filled the Van Wezel. Holiday Wonderland blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today's greatest circus performers with a lively musical mix of everyone's favorite holiday carols.

"Our holiday-themed Cirque Musica productions have quickly become a season tradition for families across the country and we are excited to continue this tradition with our 'Holiday Wonderland,'" says Stephen Cook, President of TCG Entertainment, Producer of Cirque Musica. "We expect fans of cirque-shows to be enchanted with our latest production and hope it will create a wonderful memory for all to share."

If you have experienced any of Cirque's holiday shows, the Holiday Wonderland production brings a new story to life. Caroline, the CEO of a big company, finds herself pulled inside her favorite holiday storybook Wonderland while visiting her aunt and uncle. Since wi-fi is unavailable and she feels cut off from the world, Caroline struggles to balance trying to find a connection to the world versus being in the moment and enjoying the holidays with family. Such a relevant conundrum we face these days.

Soon we find ourselves in the storyline of the book and follow Caroline's journey as she meets with various entertainers who are keeping the spirit of the holidays alive. The audience is treated to nail-biting theatrics on the balance beams, a violinist and acrobat defying gravity from hanging wires, and a juggler using columns, cascades, and showering skills to manage pins, rings, and hats to name a few, all while he was moving about the stage. There was a young lady who showed her mastery of hula hooping skills culminating in the "slinky" that took everyone's breath away. The most elegant and beautiful part of the show was Caroline's exquisite vocals on Oh Holy Night while a swan-like ballerina graced the stage.

The breadth and depth of the stage are full of beautiful snowy effects projected on tall white Christmas tree cutouts highlighted by assorted backgrounds, lighting, and smokey special effects. At one point the spirit of the holidays fades away as we lose the color of the holidays and everything fades to white. Caroline had to decide if she will take on the mantle from her aunt to become the holiday princess or return to her all-consuming work life forgoing all of the color, festivities, and magic of the holidays. When she decides she actually can be in charge of the spirit of the holidays, after all, she is the CEO of a big company and she loves being in charge, her uncle gently reminds her. "not in charge - inspire!". That is a great life lesson in general. The color returns to the holidays in brilliance as Caroline decides she can be the CEO of a big company while enjoying the holidays and inspiring others.

Audience members will enjoy the interaction with the cast that starts preshow. The hilarious highlight at the end of the show was Wonderland's version of Twelve Days of Christmas. The ringmaster hands out numbered signs one through 12 to various audience members. As we all sing the Twelve Days of Christmas, each sign holder must stand and elevate their sign when we get to their number. The star of the show was the Twelve Days of Christmas sign holder whose cheers got louder and louder as the song progressed. He really had some fun striking a different pose each time we got to his number. On the way out I noticed him in the lobby joying his newfound stardom surrounded by several new fans.

This family-friendly show has appeal for all ages and will often keep you on the edge of your seats, especially when acrobats defy the "wheel of death" as it spins and they balance, jump rope, and dare to run on the outside of the wheel. Kudos to all the performers whose artistry takes talent to a whole new level. Stay safe and happy holidays from your fans in Sarasota.

Cirque Musica is one of the top cirque-style shows in the industry. Since its inception in 2010, the world-renowned cast has performed feats of grace, skill, and strength for audience members worldwide. The visually stunning masterpiece of artistic interpretations combines mesmerizing acrobats, aerialists, and daredevil athleticism with the greatest music of all time. With its multiple productions, including Rhapsody, Crescendo, Heroes and Villains, Symphonic, and Holiday Wonderland, Cirque Musica is a ground-breaking production guaranteed to thrill and captivate audiences of all ages. For more information visit,

TCG Entertainment is a leading producer of creative content for live entertainment properties and touring productions. Owning multiple intellectual properties, and partnering with top IP holders and studios, TCG has generated decades worth of live family fun and entertainment. With a laundry list of productions enjoyed by millions of audience members around the globe, TCG is the leading authority in providing brands a visionary, one-stop source for live touring and experiences.

For more information on the Van Wezel and upcoming shows visit:

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Continues 2022-2023 Theatre Season With DREAMGIRLS Photo
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will continue its 2022-2023 “American Dreams” theatre season with the highly-anticipated production, “Dreamgirls.” The show runs from February 22 through April 9, 2023.

Art Center Sarasota Welcomes Javi Suárez As Board Member Photo
Philip C. Baker, whose position as chairman of Art Center Sarasota's board of directors commenced with the start of the fiscal year, recently announced that the organization has welcomed the celebrated architect and artist Javi Suárez to its board of directors. 

Hermitage Announces Benefit Concert With Andy Sandberg And Broadway Guest Stars In March Photo
The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Sarasota County, Florida) has announced a one-night-only benefit concert to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Season of the Hermitage and to raise funds for ongoing repairs to the Hermitage following the impact of Hurricane Ian earlier this season.

Florida Studio Theatre Presents The Regional Premiere Of Fast-Paced Drama, THE LAST MATCH Photo
Florida Studio Theatre (FST) presents the Regional Premiere of The Last Match by Anna Ziegler, a fast-paced play diving into the intense world of professional sports.

From This Author - Carolan Trbovich

      Carolan Trbovich is an innovator who used both corporate savvy and her considerable creativity to blaze new trails in entertainment industry operations for two powerhouse music... (read more about this author)

December 18, 2022

What did our critic think of CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY WONDERLAND at Van Wezel?

Review: HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS at Riveview Performing Arts CenterReview: HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS at Riveview Performing Arts Center
December 12, 2022

What did our critic think of HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS at Riveview Performing Arts Center? The Pops Orchestra celebrates the holiday season with the Hollywood Holidays concert led by its imaginative and ever-entertaining music director, Dr. Robyn Bell. The long list of amazing holiday films is only surpassed by their wonderful soundtracks. With new videos from SCF film students, it's holiday cinemagic on the Pops Orchestra's concert stage.

Review: MISS HOLMES at David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio TheatreReview: MISS HOLMES at David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre
November 21, 2022

What did our critic think of MISS HOLMES at David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre?

Review: CABARET at Asolo Repertory TheatreReview: CABARET at Asolo Repertory Theatre
November 21, 2022

What did our critic think of CABARET at Asolo Repertory Theatre?

Review: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's GUYS AND DOLLSReview: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's GUYS AND DOLLS
October 17, 2022

Guys and Dolls is a musical featuring lyrics and music by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrow and Jo Swerling. The production follows the lives of New York’s underworld of guys who are cheats, gamblers and gangsters, and the dolls they love that make their lives even more complicated. It premiered on the Broadway stage in 1950. Many will remember the 1955 film version starring the all-star cast of Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine. So many memorable songs came from this production.