15 Holiday Shows In Boston + Beyond

Through our regular Weekly Blueprint and Weekend Roundup features, we always are keen on serving up free and low-cost events, but I'm also a big proponent of investing in the performing arts. Supporting the arts seems more crucial than ever, given the current administration's aim to kill all things beautiful, creative, and diverse. And also, experiential (clutter-free!) gifts are simply the best! Here's a roundup of 15 holiday shows to consider:

1. Attend A Charlie Brown Christmas and reconnect with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang (Arlington, Beverly, Boston)

2. It’s time for the annual Boston Ballet performance of The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House (Boston)

3. The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography, a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist (Boston)

4. José Mateo’s The Nutcracker focuses on dance over theatricality with performances at the Cutler Majestic Theatre and the Strand Theater (Boston, Dorchester)

5. Elf: The Musical brings a popular holiday movie to the stage (Boston)

6. The Boston Symphony Orchestra transforms Symphony Hall into a winter wonderland when Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops perform holiday music during Holiday Pops, including special children’s performances featuring sing-alongs and visits with Santa (Boston)

7. Unwrap a Baroque bounty of music, perfect for the Christmas season, when The Handel and Haydn Society perform Bach Christmas (Boston)

8. Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity shares the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music, and dance (Boston)

9. The Boston Children’s Theatre presents its annual production of the classic children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit (Boston)

10. Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker was built upon themes of inclusion, community, and celebrating diversity (Boston)

11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer comes to life at the Shubert Theatre (Boston)

12. Underground Railway Theater uses puppetry, live music, dancing, and live storytelling to stage A Christmas Carol (Cambridge)

13. This year, The Christmas Revels feature A Venetian Celebration of the Winter Solstice (Cambridge)

14. Tafuta! A Young Child's Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa is an original play that tells the story of a young boy’s search for the meaning of Kwanzaa (Roxbury)

15. Commonwealth Ballet presents its annual performance of The Nutcracker (Weston)

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