The Twin Cities offers more than the Nutcracker ballet and The Christmas Carol at the Guthrie for 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 shows this season.
Insider Tip: Many of these shows have discounted tickets available through our affiliate partner, Goldstar.*
This post is sponsored by the American Swedish Institute.
‘Tis the season for holiday fun at the American Swedish Institute where you can enjoy many kid and family friendly activities including the Nordic Holidays exhibition of decorated rooms, Kids at the Castle playdates Dec. 9, 16 & 17, our Making Traditions weekend music/craft series, Lucia Celebrations, Santa and Tomte visits, FIKA’s food for kids, a Family Gallery and a FREE Holiday Open House on Dec. 14. For complete info., visit ASI at 2600 Park Ave., go to ASImn.org or call (612) 871-4907.
12/1-23: Black Nativity @ Penumbra Theatre • This musical was created by Poet Langston Hughes • Tickets $15-$40.
12/9-11: Cirque Dreams Holidaze @ Carlson Family Stage • An acrobatic traveling holiday show • Tickets $25-$75.
12/15-22: La Natividad @ In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • $17-$23/ticket
11/26: St. Paul Ballet Reading and Performance of Clara’s Dream @ Barnes & Noble, Roseville • Free • A short a free version for those not ready for the full ballet!
11/26: Moscow’s Great Russian Nutcracker @ Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis • Tickets $32-$102
12/2-4: Clara’s Dream from the Nutcracker by St. Paul Ballet @ The O’Shaugnessy, St. Paul • Tickets $19-$32.
12/16-18: The Classic Nutcracker by Ballet Minnesota @ The O’Shaugnessy, St. Paul • Tickets $18-$44.
12/16-23: Nutcracker Fantasy @ State Theater, Minneapolis • Tickets start at $59.
12/17-18: Nutcracker Ballet with Live Orchestra @ Lindbergh Center Auditorium, Hopkins, MN • The Metropolitan Ballet and Kenwood Symphony Orchestra present this holiday classic • Tickets start at $29.
*FamilyFunTwinCities receives compensation for referrals to Goldstar, however, we believe this program is an important part of an affordable family fun arsenal.