15 Holiday Shows For Families

We usually aim to curate free or low-cost events for you with our weekday and weekend event roundups; family fun need not cost a fortune! But our whole Boston Mamas team also loves to get dressed up for a special afternoon or evening out on the town, especially when that also means supporting our local performing arts. With the backdrop of our current administration, showing up for all things beautiful, creative, and diverse feels more necessary than ever. To that end, here is a list of 15 holiday shows we think you’ll love going to or gifting to someone you love this season:

1. Madeline’s Christmas (Boston)

Attend Madeline’s Christmas and reconnect with Miss Clavel, Madeline, and all her schoolmates as they encounter a mysterious stranger and get a thrilling adventure.

2. Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Boston)

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

3. The Hip Hop Nutcracker (Boston)

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.

4. José Mateo’s The Nutcracker (Boston, Dorchester)

José Mateo’s The Nutcracker focuses on dance over theatricality with performances at the Cutler Majestic Theatre and the Strand Theater.

5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Boston)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - The Musical brings a popular holiday movie to the stage.

6. Holiday Pops (Boston)

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.

7. A Baroque Christmas (Boston)

Unwrap a bounty of music, perfect for the Christmas season, when The Handel and Haydn Society perform A Baroque Christmas.

8. Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity (Boston)

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

9. The Velveteen Rabbit (Boston)

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

10. Urban Nutcracker (Boston)

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

11. Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Boston)

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a new cirque adventure, Broadway musical and family holiday spectacular celebrating Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s all at once with over 300 fanciful costumes, 20 acts, singers, original music, and more.

12. A Christmas Carol (Cambridge)

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

13. The Christmas Revels (Cambridge)

This year, The Christmas Revels feature A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice.

14. Tafuta! (Roxbury)

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.

15. The Nutcracker (Weston)

Commonwealth Ballet presents its annual performance of The Nutcracker.