The Philadelphia Ballet performs George Balanchine's holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Ballet performs George Balanchine's holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia.

The Nutcracker Ballet and More Holiday Shows for Philly Families

Catching a performance of The Nutcracker ballet is a seasonal tradition for many Philly families, who have plenty of options to watch the Sugar Plum Fairy and company dance across the stage. This time of year brings lots of familiar and festive shows to the theater, and taking the kids to see these stories brought to life is one of the best holiday and Christmas events to enjoy.

Aside from The Nutcracker, family favorites like A Christmas Carol and Frozen Jr. return to delight audiences. Families will find different variations of classic shows that appeal to both younger generations and shorter attention spans. Peruse our comprehensive list of performances and choose one that will add some theatrical magic to your holiday season.

Our goal is to promote safe activities for our readers. Please be aware that as COVID regulations are modified during the winter months, guests should check directly with venues for the latest updates on mask-wearing and social distancing protocols. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

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Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

The College of New Jersey Kendall Theater

Mandell Theater at Drexel University

Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

Bryn Mawr College- Goodhart Hall

Kimmel Center - Verizon Hall

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
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Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade
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Christmas in the Colonies
Graeme Park - 4:00 PM Pick
Christmas Tree Train at Strasburg Rail Road
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