From Nutcrackers to A Christmas Carol: Shows for Philly Families during the Holidays

Holiday performances in the Philadelphia area
Photo courtesy of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Does your family keep the tradition of seeing a show during the holidays? Performances such as The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol, which share a joyful holiday message, come to mind. In addition to these classic holiday performances, there are other shows on stage in and around Philadelphia that are sure to provide Philly families with a chance for quality time together during this festive season.

We have rounded up professional Nutcracker productions, symphony experiences, holiday favorites, and family friendly musicals from our event calendar. Whether it is your family's first experience seeing a Christmas production this year, or it's a new bucket list item for your crew, there are plenty of funny, heartwarming, and magical events on our list that they will enjoy.

Many of these performances do sell out, so be sure to plan ahead. 

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Walnut Street Theatre- Philadelphia, PA
October 31- December 17, 2017

AMT's Christmas Show
American Music Theatre- Lancaster, PA
November 1- December 30, 2017


Photo courtesy of American Music Theatre

Annie
Walnut Street Theatre- Philadelphia, PA
November 7, 2017- January 7, 2018

Babes in Toyland
Music Mountain Theatre- Lambertville, NJ
November 11-25, 2017

Disney's Beauty and The Beast
The Media Theater- Media, PA
November 15, 2017- January 8, 2017

Aladdin: A Musical Panto
People's Light- Malvern, PA
November 15, 2017- January 7, 2018

The Nutcracker
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center- Drexel Hill, PA
November 17, 18, and 19, 2017

Shrek the Musical
Delaware Children's Theater- Wilmington, DE
November 18- December 17, 2017

Peter Pan
Arden Theatre- Philadelphia, PA
November 22, 2017-January 21, 2018

A Christmas Carol
Hedgerow Theatre- Rose Valley, PA
November 24- December 24, 2017

Nutcracker 1776
The Merriam Theater- Philadelphia, PA
November 24 and 25, 2017

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Walnut Street Theatre- Philadelphia, PA
November 25- December 23, 2017

Jack Frost Saves Christmas
The Media Theater- Media, PA
November 26- December 30, 2017

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
November 26, 2017

T'was the Night Before Christmas
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center- Drexel Hill, PA
December 1, 2017

Philadelphia Orchestras Christmas Kids' Spectacular
Verizon Theater at Kimmel Center- Philadelphia, PA
December 2, 2017

An American Celtic Christmas
Bensalem High School- Bensalem, PA
December 2, 2017

Wilmington Ballet Company- The Nutcracker
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
December 2 and 3, 2017

A Live Performance of A Christmas Carol
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library - Wilmington, DE
December 6 and 7, 2017

The Wizard of Oz
Ambler Theater- Ambler, PA
December 6, 9, and 27, 2017

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Academy of Music- Philadelphia, PA
December 8–31, 2017

Ebenezer Scrooge's BIG Playhouse Christmas Show
Bucks County Playhouse- New Hope, PA
December 8- December 31, 2017

Brandywine Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall- West Chester, PA
December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17, 2017

Shooting Stars Holiday Spectacular
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center- Drexel Hill, PA
December 8 and 9, 2017


Photo courtesy of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Pages to Piriouetts' The Nutcracker
Parkway Central Library- Philadelphia, PA
December 10, 2017

It's a Jolly Holiday
Bucks County Playhouse- New Hope, PA
December 10, 2017

ContempraDance Theatre's Philly-Nutt-Crak-Up
Painted Bride Art Center- Philadelphia, PA
December 15, 16, and 17, 2017

A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center- West Chester, PA
December 15-31, 2017

My Very Own Polar Bear
Act II Playhouse- Ambler, PA
December 16-31, 2017

The Nutcracker Ballet
Mandell Theater at Drexel University- Philadelphia, PA
December 16 and 17, 2017

Nutcracker International Ballet Exchange Performance
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School- Plymouth Meeting, PA
December 16 and 17, 2017

Disney on Ice
Wells Fargo Center- Philadelphia, PA
December 23, 2017-January 1, 2018

This post was originally published in November of 2015 and has been updated with current information. 

location: 
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
601 N. Lansdowne Avenue
19026 Drexel Hill , PA 39° 57' 26.6976" N, 75° 17' 4.2288" W
Pennsylvania
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 19.9764" N, 75° 8' 38.3208" W
Pennsylvania
Academy of Music
240 South Broad Street
19102 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 52.7748" N, 75° 9' 54.6624" W
Pennsylvania
East Norriton Middle School
Roland Drive
East Norriton , PA 40° 9' 13.6368" N, 75° 19' 18.2028" W
Pennsylvania
Mandell Theater
33rd & Chestnut Streets Drexel University
19104 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 14.6664" N, 75° 11' 23.0604" W
Pennsylvania
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S. High Street West Chester University
19383 West Chester , PA 39° 57' 11.9052" N, 75° 35' 54.0096" W
Pennsylvania
The Merriam Theatre
205 S. Broad Street
19102 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 57.3288" N, 75° 9' 51.1056" W
Pennsylvania
Pymouth Whitemarsh High School
201 E. Germantown Pike
19462 Plymouth Meeting , PA 40° 5' 56.3964" N, 75° 16' 10.7904" W
Pennsylvania
Free Library of Philadelphia/ Central Library
1901 Vine Street
19003 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 34.5816" N, 75° 10' 15.6864" W
Pennsylvania
Ambler Theater
108 E. Butler Avenue
19002 Ambler , PA 40° 9' 16.5816" N, 75° 13' 15.798" W
Pennsylvania
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad Street
19148 Philadelphia , PA 39° 54' 3.9456" N, 75° 10' 18.7464" W
Pennsylvania
American Music Theatre
2425 Lincoln Hwy East
Lancaster , PA 40° 1' 30.504" N, 76° 12' 2.0952" W
Pennsylvania
Bucks County Playhouse
70 S Main Street
New Hope , PA 40° 21' 44.7696" N, 74° 57' 0.7848" W
Pennsylvania
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut Street
19107 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 54.366" N, 75° 9' 19.9872" W
Pennsylvania
Arden Theatre Company
40 North 2nd Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 4.3164" N, 75° 8' 38.094" W
Pennsylvania
The Media Theatre
104 East State Street
19063 Media , PA 39° 55' 2.4708" N, 75° 23' 14.2152" W
Pennsylvania
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
19807 Wilmington , DE 39° 48' 16.1568" N, 75° 36' 41.8428" W
Delaware
Hedgerow Theatre
64 Rose Valley Rd
19063 Rose Valley , PA 39° 53' 51.1548" N, 75° 23' 12.2064" W
Pennsylvania
People's Light
39 Conestoga Road
19355 Malvern , PA 40° 2' 40.1892" N, 75° 31' 56.4996" W
Pennsylvania
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
818 North Market Street
19801 Wilmington , DE 39° 44' 37.6728" N, 75° 32' 54.5316" W
Delaware
Delaware Children's Theatre
1014 Delaware Avenue
19806 Wilmington , DE 39° 45' 6.1272" N, 75° 33' 22.2768" W
Delaware