The Nutcracker holiday tradition dances on at performances all over Westchester. Photo courtesy of Ajkun Ballet Theatre
The Nutcracker holiday tradition dances on at performances all over Westchester. Photo courtesy of Ajkun Ballet Theatre

Best Kid-Friendly Nutcrackers and Holiday Shows for Westchester Families

The holiday season is fast upon us, and while it's good to remember to slow down and savor the season at your own pace, one bit of advance planning we recommend is to purchase tickets for holiday performances. Not only do they often sell out in advance, but claiming choice seats can avoid the familiar whines of “I can’t see!”

Fortunately for Westchester and Hudson Valley residents, there are various holiday performances to choose from. We’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly productions—from assorted interpretations of The Nutcracker to productions of A Christmas Carol—to help you ring in the holiday season. While some of these are traditional interpretations, others put on a creative spin.

If you're looking for the West Point Band's annual holiday show, it's on hiatus this year due to facility construction, and the Greenwich Ballet Academy will present its Nutcracker in Connecticut.

Read on and click through for details. Also be sure to visit our Event Calendar, where you’ll find an ever-growing number of other holiday events we’re curating for your family to enjoy! Looking for even more holiday options? Check out our Holiday Fun Guide.


Whitney Theater at New Rochelle High School
265 Clove Road
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road Academic Arts Theatre in the Hankin Academic Arts Building
Valhalla, NY 10595

Bardavon 1869 Opera House
35 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Tarrytown Music Hall
13 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591

White Plains Performing Arts Center
11 City Place
White Plains, NY 10601

Bardavon 1869 Opera House
35 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Tarrytown Music Hall
13 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591

The Old Dutch Church
430 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Lyndhurst Castle
635 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Tarrytown Music Hall
13 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Bardavon 1869 Opera House
35 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

White Plains Performin Arts Center
11 City Place 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601