The Best Holiday Shows in NJ
’Tis the season for all things jolly to take the stage.
McCarter Theatre Center
60 Abe Voorhees Dr., Manasquan
Mistletoe & Magic
Dec. 22 at 11 am and 1 pm
Santa isn’t the only guy bringing magic to Christmas. Magician Joe Holiday will make you a believer using comedy and illusions. Be sure to stick around to see Saint Nick himself. $10-15 per person.
Swingin’ in a Winter Wonderland!
Dec. 23 at 3 pm
If your favorite part of the holidays is the music, lend your ears for a night of merriment starring James Langton and the New York All-Star Big Band, along with the vocal quartet Gimme Four. $23-40 per person.
30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
The Laurie Berkner Band
Dec. 9 at 2 pm
Mix holiday classics like “Jingle Bells” with original bops like “Santa’s Coming to My House Tonight,” and rock out to songs from the band’s newest album, The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection. $29-100 per person.
1 College Dr., Toms River
The Sounds of the Season
Dec. 1 at 7 pm
Ocean County College Concert Band’s brass, wind and percussion will take you on a ride down Santa Claus Lane. From sleigh bells to horses’ hooves, you’ll be immersed in the sounds of the season. $18-20 per person.
A Very Electric Christmas
Dec. 23 at 3 pm
Max, a little bird thrust on an adventure of friendship and compassion, will make your heart swell with love and teach the kids that the greatest gift of all is family. $10-17 per person.
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor
’Twas the Night Before Christmas...
Dec. 7 at 7 pm, Dec. 8-9 at 1 and 4 pm
You can recite the verses with your eyes closed, but the old familiar tale gets a fresh treatment for a live musical performance of Santa’s midnight climb down the chimney. $10-12 per person.
110 South St., Morristown
The Wizards of Winter
Nov. 24 at 8 pm
Have you ever heard a holiday rock opera? Team Wizards will play seasonal jams inspired by the ’70s and ’80s, which’ll put your fam in the holiday spirit and take you back to your childhood days. $29-59 per person.
91 University Pl., Princeton
A Christmas Carol
Dec. 4-29, times vary
Dickens’ Christmastime masterpiece never fails to inspire philanthropy and generosity. Follow the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who’ll learn that living selfishly isn’t the way—any time of the year. $25-94 per person.
36 Church St., Middletown
Elf the Musical, Jr.
Dec. 14-15 at 7 pm on Fri. and 2 pm on Sat.
If you’re looking for a present that’ll wow someone special, how about a visit with Buddy the Elf? Hilarity ensues as Buddy searches for his family and attempts to work while spreading Christmas cheer. $5-10 per person.
1 Center St., Newark
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert Live to Film
Dec. 15 at 2 and 7:30 pm
Check out the 1993 classic starring spooky favorites like Jack Skellington and Sally, plus Prudential Hall’s transformation into Halloween Town. There’ll also be a costume contest. $39-89 per person.
118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
The Night Before Christmas Carol
Dec. 11 at 1 and 7 pm
Ever wonder how Dickens’ classic came to be? This historically accurate show will give your fam a comedic glimpse into the famous writer’s mind, diving into his inspirations and life. $15 per person.
300 Pompton Rd., Wayne
The Moscow Ballet Nutcracker
Nov. 30 at 7 pm
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker adds beautiful twists to the classic tale. Hand-painted sets, Snow Maidens and nesting dolls will bring a new flair to your favorite Christmas story. $47-177 per person.
1 SOPAC Way, South Orange
Nov. 29 at 7:30 pm
Celebrate Hanukkah with the fam and sing along to Woody Guthrie lyrics. This Grammy-winning band has had tons of fun celebrating the Festival of Lights for more than 30 years. $30-45 per person.
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Dec. 6 at 8 pm
Combine Christmas tunes with multimedia effects for a lively rendition of traditional holiday songs at Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis’ show. $55-95 per person.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Dec. 7-9 at 8 pm on Fri., 2 and 8 pm on Sat. and 2 pm on Sun.
Come for 20 acts featuring original music, soaring vocals and plenty of spectacle celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s. There’ll be acrobats, theatrical numbers and stunts that’ll keep your crew riveted. $35- 98 per person.
14 Alvin Pl., Upper Montclair
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec. 8-9, 15-16 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm
The holidays aren’t just about getting gifts. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang for a show that’ll teach the kids a lesson about the best gift: giving at Christmas. $12 per person.
1601 Irving St., Rahway
Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea
Dec. 1 at 8 pm
Straight from the Jersey Shore, this Christmas concert series brings good tidings. The orchestral ensemble, conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson, has more than 57,000 concerts and 750 years of study under its collective belt. $30 per person.