New Christmas Audio Drama for 2023

For many audio drama fans, a big part of their holiday traditions is listening to Christmas-themed audio dramas during the season. Classics ...

For many audio drama fans, a big part of their holiday traditions is listening to Christmas-themed audio dramas during the season. Classics like A Christmas Carol from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre and The Candle in the Window from Lamplighter Theatre have become annual listens for lots of families. But there are always new productions coming along so we want to make sure to keep you up to date.

We maintain our Ultimate List of Family-Friendly Christmas Audio Dramas, which keeps track of the yuletide releases going back to the OTR days. But below is a roundup of the Christmas audio dramas that have been released in the year of 2023. 

New Releases for 2023

Artaban and the Quest for the King - Markiewitz Audioworks

Upon his return home from the battlefields of Europe in 1918, Col Blackwood, a UK Army infantry officer, is reunited with his family on Christmas Eve after nearly four years. In the midst of telling his children a bedtime story, we learn of Artaban, a Magi priest, and the fourth wise man to present gifts to the newborn King. As a result of dissension among his fellow Magians, Artaban has no other choice but to embark on this journey alone. Though his quest is fraught with challenges along the way that test his courage and stir his compassion, his faith never wavers.

Second Chances - LRT Media

A man at rock bottom ...
... nowhere to turn.
"Second Chances" is an experimental audio drama, and the first in a new series of short dramas. What makes "Second Chances" unique is that the story is without dialogue, relying instead on sound design to tell the story. (NOTE: Not explicitly a Christmas story, but one that takes place in the holiday season.)

Christmas Carol of Bennington Falls - First Acts Productions

Carol Kelly has faced many things in life and commits herself to developing the Christmas spirit in her new hometown of Bennington Falls. She is loved by all and has revived the twinkle and sparkle of Christmas, so why would she face a look at her life and why it's not nearly as fulfilling as everyone believes? Walk with Carol through her holiday excursion to find out what she's been missing.

Dragnet: Deliverer's Delivery Day - First Acts Productions

Follow two detectives looking for facts on the birth of a baby in Bethlehem. Meet those who met the baby, longed for His arrival and were anxious to be near Him. Drama with an infusion of humor in this second episode of the series.

The Human Eel & Peace On Earth, Good Will Toward Men - Dominion Artists

It's Christmas time in Megapolis City, and peace and good will is shared by everyone. Until a disgruntled salesman sets out to disrupt the spirit of the whole season. But it's through this that the citizens of Megapolis City learn the true meaning of the Angelic Proclamation "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Naughty or Nice - Adventures in Odyssey

This is the December 2023 AIO Club exclusive episode. A threatening note and an expensive present turn a holiday gift exchange into a yuletide mystery.

The Chimes - Big Finish Productions/Average Romp

Toby Veck is a man who worries that he has become a burden on society and that his family would be better off without him. He's troubled by a newspaper report about a young mother who recently killed herself by jumping off London Bridge. He's been told that the poor don't deserve sympathy and that some people are just born bad. And he's starting to believe it...
But on New Year’s Eve, the Chimes set out to prove him wrong.

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol - Hope Media Group

Be entertained and inspired by a fresh retelling of the Christmas classic. You know the story of A Christmas Carol, but you’ve never heard it like this. Get drawn into the powerful story of forgiveness and redemption in this all-new audio experience starring Hollywood pros like Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, and Juliet Mills.

Looking Ahead to 2024

We've already received word of a few Christmas audio dramas that are planned for next year as well. So here are some to look forward to in 2024. Artwork and titles may change, but this is the info available as of the time of publication of this post.

Christmas at the Canteen - First Acts Productions

The backstory, from Glenn Hascall: "Back in the early 1990's I was invited to ride in a 1940's passenger steam train on a 150 mile voyage to a city where I once worked. We were treated like royalty on that trip and once we arrived at our destination we were treated to a theater troupe that shared a bit about a Canteen that served 6 million soldiers during World War II and all from the generosity of the people of the city. That experience caused me to research the history of the Canteen and it eventually led to the creation of an audio drama. I recently took it from the shelf, dusted it off and spent plenty of time revising after a couple of decades of life experience. I have recrafted the story to be a Christmas tale.  This audio drama would likely weigh in at about 30 minutes and is set primarily in the 1940s."

On Demand: Christmas - First Acts Productions

No official summary or information yet.

Shadows & Daylight: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Winter is dealing with a cold case colder than Christmas. Three skeletons are found and Winter can’t rest until these gentlemen rest in peace, knowing their mystery has been solved. Can Winter unearth the truth or will these poor fellows be relegated to the ghosts of Christmas past?

Merry Christmas!

J.D. Sutter is the host and producer of the Audio Theatre Central podcast and editor of the blog. A lifelong fan of audio drama, he is an industry critic who has guest lectured and spoken at conferences on the subject. J.D. is also a voiceover artist, podcast consultant, and chair of the ATC Seneca Awards, the annual awards for the family-friendly audio drama industry.


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