The holiday season is the perfect time to embrace the arts and treat your family to a spectacular theater performance on Long Island. While there's never a good excuse not to enjoy a classic performance of A Christmas Carol, traditional shows are just one of the many options you'll have if you stay close to home this season. Here are 8 amazing holiday shows for families on Long Island. And don't miss the Nutcracker -- with productions all around town
A Christmas Carol - Floral Park
November 11 - 13 and November 18 - 20
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
No holiday season is complete without an annual viewing of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Catch this community theater production of the classic Christmas tale pre-Thanksgiving to get you into the holiday spirit. This show is recommended for children ages 4 and up.
Mooseltoe: A Holiday Moosical - Bellport
December 3 at 12 p.m.
With Al Roker narrating this modern holiday story, and a cast that hails from Broadway, TV, and films, Mooseltoe may just become your new holiday favorite. The play centers around a moose who dreams of flying with Santa's reindeer and it appeals to both toddlers and older children.
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play - Patchogue
November 26 at 3 p.m.
Based on Frank Capra's film classic, this show invites audience members to experience the radio version of It's a Wonderful Life, featuring five actors performing the voices of dozens of characters. Your family will feel as though they stepped back in time.
Kids will love watching Barnaby, Santa's littlest elf, set off on a journey to save Christmas. Barnaby Saves Christmas. Photo courtesy of the theater.
Barnaby Saves Christmas - Port Jefferson
November 25 - December 30 at 11 a.m.
This marks the 13th anniversary of this delightful show, which features a little elf named Barnaby who joins forces with a reindeer friend to help save Christmas.
This timeless classic often resonates with younger teenagers. A Christmas Carol. Photo courtesy of the theater.
A Christmas Carol - Port Jefferson
November 19 - December 30
Nov. 19, 25, 26 and Dec. 2-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22, 23, 28-30 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 20, 27 and Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 28, 29, 30 at 3 p.m.; Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
Ebenezer Scrooge returns to the stage to learn about the true meaning of Christmas in what marks Theater Three's 32nd annual production of this classic tale.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas - Oakdale
November 19 - December 18
Nov. 20, 27 and Dec. 4, 7, 18 at 2 p.m.; Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 14, 16 at 7:30 p.m.
This beautiful musical, set in snowy Vermont, focuses on two song-and-dance teams that meet and fall in love. Expect to hear renditions of some of the most classic Christmas songs in history.
The Holiday Spectacular on Ice is the perfect way to usher in the winter holidays. Photo by Jeff Bellante/courtesy of the theater.
Holiday Spectacular on Ice - Bellport
December 15 - January 1
Dec. 17, 18 at 12 p.m and 4 p.m..; Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 15, 16, 21-23 at 7 p.m.
Patchogue's Theater stage becomes an amazing ice rink where figure skaters, dancers, and singers perform spirited show-stopping routines perfect for the holiday season.
Madeline's Christmas - Bellmore
November 26, 27; December 3, 10, 17, 18, 27, 28
Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10, 17 at 11 a.m.; Nov. 27 and Dec. 18 at 12 p.m.
Based on the beloved book series, Madeline's Christmas tells the tale of the little girl who is left in charge of a school when everyone else gets sick. Even your youngest will enjoy this one.
This page was updated on 11/1/16.
Top image: Mooseltoe: A Holiday Moosical. Photo by Jeff Bellante/courtesy of the theater.