Looking for something FUN to do with the family this holiday season? We made it easy to find the best shows being offered at popular theatres in the city and the ‘burbs. Plus, tickets to shows make unique gifts that create lasting memories.

Suburban Theaters:

Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto, People’s Light Theatre, Malvern This brand new holiday panto brings together two classic fairy tales! Robin Hood is dead, his merry men are in hiding and Nottinghamshire is taken over by a greedy villainess. Can a new hero or heroine emerge from Sherwood Forest and save the day? Set in the 1940’s with a dash of medieval, this is a hilarious and inventive musical mashup. November 13th, 2019 – January 5th, 2020, Tickets: $53 – $93

A Year with Frog and Toad, Wolf Performing Arts Center, Bryn Mawr Come along with two best friends through a year filled with adventure! From season to season, Frog and Toad explore gardening, swimming, sledding, baking and learning life lessons together. Based on the well-loved books of the same name, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS features animals large and small as they embark on a year with their dear friends, Frog and Toad. December 4th – 8th, 2019, Tickets: $10

Philadelphia Dance Theatre Presents Holiday Traditions, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell Philadelphia Dance Theatre presents the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” performance highlights, including the magical Kingdom of the Sweets scene, set to the nostalgic score by PytorIllyich Tchaikovsky. This is a special performance specifically designed for a sensory friendly audience. Start a new holiday tradition with Lively Arts Series. December 7th 2019, Tickets: $10 – $20

 The Nutcracker, Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Drexel Hill For over 25 years, The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet has been bringing the holiday classic ballet “The Nutcracker” to our stage. A fun way for families to kick off the holiday season, the annual tradition features professional soloists and many of the region’s best dancers. The enchanting music by Tchaikovsky is one of his best-known works and the ballet has become an American holiday tradition. November 22nd – 24th, 2019, Tickets: $10 – $23

 Jack Frost Saves Christmas, The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, Media The popular one-hour musical for children is now in its fifth year on stage at the Media Theatre. This show, that is quickly becoming a tradition, highlights the special gifts we all have. And, its lesson of acceptance is perfect for the holidays. November 24th-December 29th, 2019, Tickets: $14 – $17

Elf The Musical, The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, Media A must see holiday musical based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF. This modern day classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear! November 13th, 2019 – January 12th, 2020, Tickets: $34 – $59

 Mikey the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe, Act 2 Playhouse (Ambler Playhouse), Ambler Toyland’s magical mistletoe has been stolen, and a new detective elf is on the case! A crazy robot, zany new inventions and a daffy penguin are just some of what Mikey will face when Mrs. Claus calls him to the North Pole. But Mikey will need your help to find the mistletoe and save Christmas! December 17th – 31st, 2019, Tickets: $10 – $18

 A Christmas Story, Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown Beware of frozen flagpoles and other rogue pitfalls of childhood as you take a stroll down memory lane with Ralphie Parker. This Christmas Classic will come to life this holiday season. Make sure you’re not on the “naughty list” so you can join in on all the fun! December 6th – 22nd, 2019, Tickets $17 – $29

 Nutcracker, performed by Rock School West, The Rock School West, West Chester The whole family will enjoy this twist on the beloved holiday classic performed at the The Haverford School’s Centennial Hall. This ballet tells the tale of two children entrusted with an enchanted key and Nutcracker that lead them far from their home in colonial Philadelphia. The young hero and heroine embark on the adventure of a lifetime, meeting Benjamin Franklin and George Washington along the way. December 14th and 15th 2019, Tickets $15 – $25

 Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG Playhouse Christmas Show, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope It’s hard to believe only five quick-changing actors play dozens of roles in this fast, funny and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told. Terrorizing the good citizens of Bucks County, Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Spirit of Christmas comes in this Dickens mashup set in New Hope. December 6th – 29th, 2019, Tickets: $55 – $60

 Matilda The Musical, SALT Performing Arts, Chester Springs Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. November 29th – December 15th, 2019, Tickets: $17 – $25

 Miracle on 34th Street, Acting Naturally Theater, Langhorne A holiday classic takes the stage, with the story of Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home who gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of NYC by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. December 12th – December 20th, TIckets: $14 – $18

 Disney’s FrozenJr., Delaware Children’s Theater, Wilmington Just released by Disney, Frozen Jr. takes your family into a spellbinding winter wonderland with Elsa and Anna. This captivating show also features an audience participation Princess Parade. November 16th – December 14th, 2019, Tickets: $15 – $16

Philadelphia Theaters:

Shrek The Musical, Walnut Street Theatre, PhiladelphiaThe greatest fairytale never told comes to life as never before in Shrek The Musical, the award winning Broadway musical based on the Oscar winning movie. Featuring all new songs and outrageous humor, Shrek The Musical is ogre-sized holiday fun for the whole family! November 5th, 2019 – January 5th, 2020, Tickets: $27 – $107

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia A holiday classic not to be missed at the historic Walnut Street Theatre is the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. We all know this grumpy old miser’s response to holiday cheer is “Bah, Humbug.” Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for his family. But on one remarkable Christmas Eve, he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. November 30th – December 22nd, 2019, Tickets: $17 – $25

 The Snow Queen, The Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen celebrates the adventure of growing up and the magical power of friendship. When Gerda’s best friend is captured by the Snow Queen, it is up to her to rescue him from the icy palace. Be prepared to be transported on a journey through the four seasons in this magical production! November 27th, 2019 – January 26th, 2020, Tickets: $25 – $40

George Balanchine’s Nutcracker, Academy of Music, Philadelphia It simply isn’t the holidays without a trip to the Academy of Music for a performance of The Nutcracker! For decades, this amazing production has been Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday tradition. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, the incredible dancing and lavish sets and costumes bring to life a story of young girl’s magical dream—a dream that never loses its appeal. December 6th – December 31st, 2019, Tickets: $45 – $174

The Spongebob Musical, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Merriam Theater, Philadelphia Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality. The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!” Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL where the power of optimism really can save the world. December 3rd – December 15th, 2019, Tickets: $62 – $197

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live on Stage, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Merriam Theater, Philadelphia Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage is a present that the whole family will enjoy! December 20th – December 21st, 2019, Tickets: $33 – $103

Cirque Dreams- Holidaze, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Merriam Theater, Philadelphia Marvel at soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats and extravagant theatrical production for audiences of all ages. Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2019 holiday season with its popular and electrifying stage spectacular. Over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites. December 26th – 29th, 2019, Tickets: $40 – $99