One of the most fun ways to celebrate the season with your family is to experience the energy of a live show. And, if you or your relatives are stumped with gift ideas for your kids, tickets to shows make unique gifts that will create lasting memories. There are so many theaters and shows to choose from in our area there’s sure to be something perfect for your family. Following are a few favorites to check out in the city and the suburbs.

Suburban Theaters:

Cinderella: A Musical PantoPeople’s Light Theatre, Malvern 
People’s Light tradition continues with our most popular holiday panto, Cinderella! We invite you to cheer our heroes, “boo” the bad guys, and sing along as we transport the magical tale of fairy godmothers and glass slippers to the roaring 1920s.
November 14th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019, Tickets: $53 – $58

Disney’s Lion King Kids  – Wolf Performing Arts Center, Bryn Mawr
The peaceful Pridelands becomes turned upside down when Scar, Mufasa’s brother, feels scorned and will do anything to become king. It becomes young lion Simba’s responsibility as he grows older to learn to defend his position as the rightful leader of the Pridelands, to bring honor to his community, and to ensure that he lives as bravely as possible despite the many challenges that arise.
December 5th- 9th, 2018, Tickets: $10

Philadelphia Dance Theatre Presents Holiday Traditions Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell
Start a new holiday tradition with Lively Arts Family Series. Experience a magical journey to the Land of the Sweets with Philadelphia Dance Theatre’s presentation of Act II of The Nutcracker. The program will feature new repertory showcasing the technical, lyrical, and athletic skills of the Philadelphia Dance Theatre company dancers.
December 14th, 2018, Tickets: $15 – $20

The NutcrackerUpper Darby Performing Arts Center, Drexel Hill
The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet has been bringing the holiday classic ballet “The Nutcracker” to our stage for over 25 years. 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 16th-18th, 2018, Tickets: $10 – $23

Jack FrostThe Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, Media
As the town prepares for their annual holiday festival, the eccentric and overly enthusiastic holiday show director tries to get Jack to behave properly and Santa makes a rather odd surprise appearance. Perfect for ages 4 and up, and a hilarious heartwarming adventure for the holidays.
November 25th-December 30th, 2018, Tickets: $12 – $15

The Wizard of Oz The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, Media
A Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home in this two-act Broadway musical that has been entertaining audiences for generations. This performance features professional actors and a live orchestra performing the songs “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” and more!
November 14th, 2018 – January 19th, 2019, Tickets: $30 – $58

Rosie the Reindeer Act 2 Playhouse (Ambler Playhouse), Ambler
There’s a new detective ready to take on a mystery in in Toyland. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious quick-change mystery for the family. Kids will help Rosie solve the mystery and save Christmas in this comedy for kids.
December 8th-28th, 2018, Tickets: $10 – $15

Miracle on 34th StreetSteel River Playhouse, Pottstown
When Kris Kringle gets a job working as a Christmas Santa at Macy’s, his honest and generous spirit unleashes waves of good will throughout New York City and a hint of magic in the heart of a very practical little girl. This holiday tale is one we want to believe in, where love, decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards.
December 7th-23rd, 2018, Tickets $17 – $29

Kidz Bop LIVE 2018The BB&T Pavilion, Camden
The immensely popular Kidz Bop is coming to Camden – Kidz Bop is a brand of compilation albums consisting of kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits. Come hear popular songs that chart high on the Billboard Hot 100 along with receiving heavy airplay on mainstream radio stations.
December 8th – 9th, 2018, Tickets: $35 – $55+

Nutcracker performed by Rock School WestThe Rock School West, West Chester
Performed at the The Haverford School’s Centennial Hall, the whole family will enjoy this twist on the beloved holiday classic. 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 8th -9th 2018, 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 Christmas comes in this Dickens mashup set in New Hope.
December 7th – 30th, 2018, Tickets: $45 – $80

Disney’s NewsiesSALT Performing Arts, Chester Springs
Hot off the presses! This Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit inspires everyone to fight for what’s right and seize the day. Inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score and book. Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.
November 30th- December 16th, 2018, Tickets: $17 – $25

Fiddler on the Roof JR.Acting Naturally Theater, Langhorne
The story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters who live in the little village of Anatevka. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to marry off his daughters and instill in them a sense of tradition in the face of growing anti-semitism in Czarist Russia.
November 30th- December 1st, 2018, Tickets: $10 – $15

Scrooge! – The Musical  – Delaware Children’s Theater, Wilmington
The beloved Christmas Carol story from Charles Dickens always delights and touches the heart as Scrooge and Tiny Tim bring us the best of the holiday season.
November 17th- December 9th, 2018, Tickets: $14 – $15

Philadelphia Theaters:

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda is the story of the courageous little girl with an unbounded imagination who proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to. Children and adults alike will be delighted by this Broadway hit and winner of 16 Best Musical awards.
November 6th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019, Tickets: $39-$67


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.
December 1st to December 23rd, 2018, Tickets: $27 – $31

Charlotte’s Web The Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful than in this wonderful tribute to one of the greatest stories for children ever written. This all ages show captures the special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider.
November 28th, 2018 – January 27th, 2019, Tickets: $22 – $40

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Academy of Music, Philadelphia
In this favorite story, Willy Wonka is opening his mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more at this showstopper!
November 6th to November 18th, 2018, Tickets: $56 – $71

George Balanchine’s Nutcracker Academy of Music, Philadelphia
Whether it’s your first or thirty-first time seeing the classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® watching the timeless story brought to life is always a delight. From a festive family party, to the exciting battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and the delectable journey through the Land of Sweets, Marie’s magical story is thrilling for the young – and young at heart.
December 7 – 31st, 2018, Tickets: $43 – $75

How the Grinch Stole ChristmasThe Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Merriam Theater, Philadelphia
The musical version of Dr. Seuss’ famous tale features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos.
December 19th – December 29th, 2018, Tickets:$77 – $83

Philly POPS Christmas The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia
Kick off the holiday season with a beloved Philadelphia tradition. Music Director Maestro Michael Krajewski returns to lead an all-new lineup of incredible arrangements and musicians.This includes the Philly POPS Festival Chorus, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and the award-winning African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. With 300 performers on stage, it’s an extravaganza set to delight the entire family.
December 1st – December 22nd, 2018, Tickets: $96 – $107