The Best Kid-Friendly Nutcracker and Holiday Shows for Westchester Families

The Nutcracker, White Plains, Tarrytown, New Rochelle, Peekskill, holiday shows
Image courtesy of Greenwich Ballet Academy

The holiday season is fast upon us, and while there are some ways we can self-pace how we savor the season, one recommendation for advance planning is to purchase tickets for holiday performances. Not only do they often sell out in advance, but claiming choice seats can avoid the familiar whines of “I can’t see ...”

Fortunately for Westchester residents, there are various holiday performances to choose from. We’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly productions—from assorted interpretations of The Nutcracker to traditional concerts and new musical theater—to help you ring in the holiday season.

Read on and click through for details. Also be sure to visit our Event Calendar, where you’ll find an ever-growing number of other holiday events we’re curating for your family to enjoy! Looking for even more holiday options? Check out our Holiday Fun Guide

The Colonial Nutcracker is set in colonial Yorktown. Photo courtesy of Paramount Hudson Valley.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! – White Plains
Friday, November 24, 2017
Junie B., the popular kid-lit character, is brought to life on stage in this holiday-themed production that summons the Christmas spirit.

The Nutcracker - Ajkun Ballet Theatre- New Rochelle
Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, 2017
Students in the New Rochelle school district are among the dancers featured in this performance. Join the artists on stage following the performance and see what goes on behind the scenes.

Cherish the Ladies - A Celtic Christmas - Tarrytown
Saturday, December 2, 2017
A lively ensemble of five Irish singers are backed up by a full band and Irish step dancing, performing traditional Christmas carols with Celtic instrumentation.

A West Point Holiday - West Point
Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, 2017
Enjoy a live performance of holiday favorites by the West Point Band, featuring a variety of musical styles. Free

Greenwich Ballet Academy Nutcracker - White Plains
Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, 2017
This Connecticut troupe visits Westchester for their own interpretation of the Tchaikovsky classic. Three performances are offered.

Image courtesy of Ajkun Ballet Theatre.

The Nutcracker - Tarrytown 
Sunday, December 10, 2017
The New York Theatre Ballet comes to Tarrytown with an enchanting hour-long production of The Nutcracker, created for younger audiences.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical - Purchase
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The beloved TV claymation classic leaps from screen to stage to celebrate virtues of misfits, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.

The Westchester Ballet Company Presents The Nutcracker - White Plains
Friday, December 15-Sunday, December 17, 2017
This quality production returns for its annual engagement at the Westchester County Center.

The Laurie Berkner Band's A Holiday Celebration - Tarrytown
Sunday, December 17, 2017
From TV to Tarrytown, Laurie Berkner and her band perform holiday classics, as well as original holiday tunes. Bring your dancing shoes!

The Colonial Nutcracker - Peekskill
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Set in colonial Yorktown, this full-length production includes narration.

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This post was originally written in 2014 and has been updated for 2017.