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Best Holiday Shows in NJ

’Tis the season for joy and merriment, so take in a festive show that’ll make you a believer all over again.


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Bergen Performing Arts Center

30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
201-227-1030, bergenpac.org

The Wizards of Winter

Dec. 16 at 8 pm

Spend a night listening to holiday rock opera Tales Beneath a Northern Star with seasoned flutists, bassists, keyboardists and more. These pros know how to celebrate the season in harmonious style. $29-49 per person.

Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour

Dec. 19 at 8 pm

Have a holly jolly Christmas with Jewel herself. The singer will share the stage with some of her family members, so be sure to bring yours. $59-129 per person.

Mayo Performing Arts Center

110 South St., Morristown
973-539-8008, mayoarts.org

The Laurie Berkner Band Holiday Concert

Nov. 19 at 11 am and 3 pm

You’ll want to bring the kids’ dancing shoes to this show packed with classic holiday songs, Hanukkah music and some of Berkner’s biggest hits like “We Are the Dinosaurs” and “Pig on Her Head.” Tickets begin at $57 per person.

Christmas with Jennifer Nettles

Dec. 1 at 8 pm

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will perform holiday favorites from her Christmas album, and even a few of her country hits. $49-99 per person.

McCarter Theatre Center

91 University Pl., Princeton
609-258-2787, mccarter.org

American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker

Nov. 24-26, check website for showtimes

This company boasts one of the longest continuously-running Nutcracker performances in the country with over 50 years of experience and 100 cast members. $25-60 per person. The holiday classic is also playing at Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Patriots Theater, SOPAC, State Theatre and Union County Performing Arts Center.

A Christmas Carol

Dec. 5-31, check website for showtimes

Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his journey through the past, present and future. The whole family can learn something from this traditional holiday tale of generosity and compassion. $25-77 per person.


1 Center St., Newark
973-642-8989, njpac.org

The Hip Hop Nutcracker featuring Kurtis Blow

Dec. 16 at 3 pm

Think you know Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet? This urban twist features a DJ, violinist and all-star dancers that deliver a show filled with love and holiday magic. $29-79 per person.

Raritan Valley Community College

118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
908-725-3420, rvccarts.com

The Ultimate Christmas Show

Dec. 2 at 8 pm

Oh no, none of the acts have arrived! Your family will laugh as the Reduced Shakespeare Company performs an entire variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves, mixing comedy and touching holiday emotion. $25-35 per person.

The Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec. 8 at 4 and 8 pm

This Nutcracker features beloved Russian fairy tale characters like Father Christmas and the Snow Maiden, which sets this classic production apart from the rest. Your little elves will love the puppets, backdrops, costumes and dancing. $40-50 per person.

A Christmas Carol

Dec. 10 at 2 pm

Dickens’ classic is a holiday staple. Whether it’s their first or fifth viewing, it’s a show that’s sure to help kiddos understand the true meaning of Christmas. $40-50 per person.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

300 Pompton Rd., Wayne
973-720-2000, wpunj.edu/wppresents

Jazz Room Holiday Celebration

Dec. 9 at 8 pm

Revel in the sounds of a jazz orchestra performing Duke Ellington’s version of “The Nutcracker Suite,” or a holiday arrangement by Ella Fitzgerald. $15 per person.

The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

Dec. 10 at 2 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at this behind-the-curtains peek of the North Pole. Your smaller crew will revel in watching the ups-and-downs at Santa’s house. $13-17 per person.

South Orange Performing Arts Center

1 SOPAC Way, South Orange
973-313-2787, sopacnow.org

American Repertory Ballet's The Nutcracker

Dec. 8 at 7 pm and Dec. 9 at 2 and 7 pm

Treat your well-deserving family to Tchaikovsky's magnificent score at this classic ballet. The holidays aren't complete without a visit to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Klezmatics

Dec. 21 at 7:30 pm

Celebrate Hanukkah with the kids by singing along with this Grammy-winning band. Using Woody Guthrie’s lyrics, this band has 30 years of experience singing Jewish music. $30-45 per person.

State Theatre of New Jersey

15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
732-246-7469, statetheatrenj.org

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Nov. 28 at 7 pm

They’ll love watching their favorite holiday television special come to life on stage as  the beloved characters put on a play, save a tree and revel in the real meaning of Christmas. $35-100 per person.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Dec. 18 at 3 and 6 pm

From screen to stage, Rudolph’s message is the same: Our differences should be celebrated.Your kids will learn valuable lessons on the Island of Misfit Toys. $35-55 per person.

Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving St., Rahway
732-499-8226, ucpac.org


Nov. 30 at 6 pm

The moose with a dream returns to the stage to pursue the impossible: Become one of Santa’s reindeer. Mooseltoe and his friends will teach your kids about being a good person through this musical tale. $10-20 per person.

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