The Twin Cities offers more than the Nutcracker ballet and The Christmas Carol at the Guthrie for Christmas plays and other holiday shows. Though these are classics, we have plenty of options for families with every age of child.
While we couldn’t possibly cover every Holiday show in the Twin Cities, we’ve rounded up what we believe to be the best family-friendly Christmas plays, musicals and ballets this season.
Insider Tip: Many of these shows have discounted tickets available through our affiliate partner, Goldstar.*
2019 Christmas Plays & Musicals
11/19/19-12/30/19: Cinderella | Sidekick Theatre
An all ages musical with audience participation. $14-$18/pp. Check our Goldstar affiliate link for discounted tickets.
11/21/19-12/22/19: Black Nativity | Penumbra Theatre
This musical was created by Poet Langston Hughes. Tickets $15-$40.
11/22/19-12/15/19: Miracle on 34th Street | Lakeshore Players Theatre, White Bear Lake
A little girl, an old man who claims to be Santa, a the lawyer who proves it • Tickets $23.00-$28.00.
12/6/19-12/22/19: June B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells
Youth Performance Company puts on this funny show for all ages. Tickets $12-$15. Check our Goldstar affiliate link for discounted tickets.
12/6/19-12/15/19: Madeline’s Christmas | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury
A musical adaptation of the Ludwig Bemelman Classic. Tickets $8-$22 (Military FREE).
FREE: 12/8/19: Kids Christmas Pageant | Presbyterian Church of the Way, Shoreview
If your Christmas just isn’t complete without tots acting out the Bethlehem Christmas story, PCOTW is offering a free option.
12/14/19-12/19/19: Home for the Holidays | Minnesota Orchestra
Combines music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and storytelling by Kevin Kling with a Minnesotan slant on Christmas and family traditions. Ages 6+.
12/19/19-12/22/19: A Christmas Carol, The Musical | Bunce Backyard @ Plymouth Covenant Church
Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas with singing. Recommended for ages 7+. Tickets $15-$18.
11/23/19: Nutcracker Ballet by Pas de Deux Dance Studio | St Paul U of M
The classic story with a few special twists, presented at the St Paul Student Union Theater. Shows at 1:30 & 4pm. Ages 4 & up, $15/advance, $20/door.
11/30/19-12/8/19: Continental Ballet’s The Nutcracker | Bloomington Center for Arts Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale of Clara’s voyage to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy with her magical godfather Drosselmeyer. Tickets $13-$25.
12/6/19-12/7/19: The Great Russian Nutcracker | Orpheum, Minneapolis
Moscow Ballet presents the Nutcracker Ballet with hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls. All ages. Tickets $32+.
12/13/19-12/15/19: Family Classic Nutcracker | Lindbergh Center
Minnesota’s only Nutcracker featuring two live orchestras — Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra. Tickets: $39-$59.
12/13/19-12/23/19: Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy | State Theatre
More than 150 dancers, artists and production professionals collaborate to create this annual Holiday show. Tickets $30-$75. Check our Goldstar affiliate for discounted tickets.
12/21/19: A Nutcracker Story by St Paul Ballet | The O’Shaugnessy, St. Paul
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