With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is in full swing! Luckily, our fair state has some of the most innovative and exciting holiday shows this side of the big city--no longer do we have to travel far and wide to find quality entertainment. NJ theaters bring you everything from The Nutcracker and productions of A Christmas Carol, to Hanukkah concerts and Kwanzaa fests. There is a show for everyone, both content- and budget-wise.
New Jersey Ballet
This classical performance brings top quality dancers together with fabulous costumes and a gorgeous set, sure to please both kids and adults. There will be performances throughout New Jersey as follows:
Bergen Performing Arts Center (Engelwood, NJ)
December 5th and 6th at 1pm and 4:30pm. Tickets range from $29 to $49.
Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morristown)
The New Jersey Ballet combines with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to create an unforgettable production. Performances will take place Friday, December 11th thru Sunday, December 26th at various times. Tickets range from $29 to $69.
American Repertory Ballet
ARB celebrates their 52nd year of Tchiakovsky’s classic with a cast of over 100 dancers! Performances feature stunning sets, thrilling choreography and a magnificent score. Their performances throughout NJ are:
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial (Trenton)
Saturday, December 5th at 11am. Tickets are $20 to $45.
Algonquin Arts Center (Manasquan)
December 12th at 1pm and 4:30pm and December 13th at 3pm. Tickets range from $25 to $49.
The State Theater of New Jersey (New Brunswick)
December 18th at 7:30pm and December 19th thru December 20th at 1pm and 4:30pm. This performance features a LIVE orchestra. Tickets range from $35 to $75.
New Jersey Youth Ballet at the Kelsey Theater (West Windsor)
The New Jersey Youth Ballet presents a family friendly version of The Nutcracker, which includes dancers as young as 5 years old. The New Jersey Youth Ballet’s performances are fully narrated and abridged so children and adults of all ages will enjoy. Furthermore, the ballet is danced almost entirely by children and teens. The performances take place at the Kelsey Theater on the campus of Mercer County College on December 18th at 7pm and December 19th and 20th at 1pm and 4pm. Tickets range from $14 to $16.
The Nutcracker at the Count Basie Theater (Red Bank)
The Company of Dance Arts brings the magic of The Nutcracker to life at the Count Basie Theater. Performances take place on December 12th and December 13th at 1pm and 5pm. Tickets range from $20 to $40.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (Branchburg, NJ)
Moscow Ballet presents a special holiday performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker on Friday, December 11th at Raritan Valley Community College. This popular production features more than 40 world-class Russian Dancers. Performances are at 1pm and 4pm. Ticket prices range from $40 to $50.
A Christmas Carol
McCarter Theater (Princeton)
Celebrate the season with McCarter's critically acclaimed production of Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a transformative journey through past, present and future as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Performances will take place throughout the month of December. Ticket prices are $25 and up.
Levoy Theater (Millville)
Levoy Theater presents a special holiday production for families. A Christmas Carol captures both the humorous and touching moments of the classic story with witty dialog and fresh new songs. The performances take place on Wednesday, December 23 at 5pm and 8pm. Tickets range in price from $13 to $28.
Scrooge at the Paramount Theater (Asbury Park)
The Premier Theater Company presents Scrooge at Asbury Park's Paramount Theater. A NJ Shore tradition, this holiday musical is for everyone. Performances are December 5th and 6th and December 12th and 13th. There are both matinee and evening performances. Tickets are $12 for children and $25 for adults.
Other Christmas Shows
A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn)
The classic holiday movie comes to life in this exciting musical adaptation. Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: An official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie's desperate quest to ensure that this perfect gift ends up under his Christmas tree. This funny, heartfelt and witty show is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike. The play runs now thru January 3 with weekly evening and matinee performances Tickets cost $37-$113.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at the State Theater (New Brunswick)
Don't miss this special holiday performance of the beloved classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. All of your favorite characters from the television special including Santa and Mrs. Clause, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snowman and of course, Rudolph, come to life in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. This magical adventure teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Performances take place on Monday, December 21st at 3pm and 6pm. Ticket prices range from $25 to $55.
The Shoemaker and the Christmas Elves at the Levoy Theater (Millville)
Enjoy this adorable play about two elves sent to work for a poor cobbler until he does something nice for them. When he does, the elves will become true Christmas elves and be sent to work with Santa in the North Pole. Performances take place on December 15th at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Tickets are only $8 each.
Other Holiday Celebrations
Hurray for Hanukkah at Garden State Discovery Museum (Cherry Hill)
Head to the Garden State Discovery Museum on December 6th from 1pm to 3pm for a fun celebration. Listen to Hanukkah stories, create holiday snacks and enjoy hands-on crafts. Top off the afternoon with an interactive performance with Cantor Scott Borsky at 3pm.
Kwanzaa/Forces of Nature Dance Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark)
Celebrate Kwanzaa at NJPAC with the dancing and drumming of Forces of Nature Dance Theater, Saturday, December 19th at 2pm and 7:30pm. This exciting event combines traditional West African dance with ballet, hip hop and martial arts.
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