See Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker on Sunday, December 1 in Branchburg. Photo courtesy of the company
See Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker on Sunday, December 1 in Branchburg. Photo courtesy of the company

Best Nutcrackers and Holiday Shows for New Jersey Kids

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year for lots of things, including performances. Over the next several weeks, New Jersey theaters will come alive with dancing sugar plum fairies, singing elves, and more than a few Christmas ghosts. 

This season, you can see holiday productions featuring favorite characters like Charlie Brown, Angelina Ballerina, and Frosty & Rudolph, as well as the brand-new Elf on the Shelf Christmas Musical. Ebeneezer Scrooge gets spooked into a change of heart in several productions of A Christmas Carol, including an area favorite at McCarter Theatre; and Christmas gets the circus treatment in A Magical Cirque Christmas and Santa's Circus.

If your child is nuts about The Nutcracker, you don't have to go to New York City to see a great production—there are several top-notch companies performing the holiday fave right here in NJ, at multiple venues across the state, including American Repertory Ballet and New Jersey Ballet. For a sweet twist on the classic, don't miss the Hip Hop Nutcracker at NJPAC. We couldn't list all of them here, so be sure to check out our event calendar for more!

Read on for a list of the best productions happening this holiday season.

Note that some ballet companies will be performing at multiple venues. Click on each listing for more information, including prices and show times.

Places featured in this article:


Union County Performing Art Center

The College of New Jersey Kendall Theater

Stockton Performing Arts Center

Montclair State University - Memorial Auditorium

Centenary Stage Co., Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center

Centenary Stage Co., Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center

The Strand Center For The Arts

Count Basie Center for the Arts

Count Basie Center for the Arts

Count Basie Center for the Arts

Count Basie Center for the Arts

The Avenel Performing Arts Center
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