Get into the spirit by hitting a stage near you for some holiday cheer. Here are some of our favorite holiday shows in NJ this winter.
60 Abe Voorhees Dr., Manasquan
Nov. 30-Dec. 15, times vary
The iconic red-haired orphan takes center stage, retelling her well-known tale of adventure and the importance of family alongside the famous soundtrack. $23-40 per person.
30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Nov. 24, 1 and 4 pm
Santa, the Abominable Snowman and all of Rudolph’s friends come together to make the holidays magical and teach us to celebrate our differences. $25-55 per person.
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical
Dec. 3-4, times vary
In this new musical, an elf takes center stage, giving audiences a glimpse of Santa’s workshop and the magic of the North Pole. $35-69 per person.
5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell
Nov. 16, noon
The Shadowbox Theater is bringing Tobias, the most determined baby turkey, to the stage. Before Thanksgiving, he’ll teach the kids lessons using laughter, storytelling and a singalong. $15 per person.
1 College Dr., Toms River
Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue
Dec. 5-15, times vary
Sing along to popular tunes from the Great White Way. This show encompasses a wide collection of favorites sure to make you feel the magic of the holidays. $12-15 per person.
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor
Scrooge the Musical
Nov. 22-Dec. 1, times vary
Ebenezer Scrooge gets a much-needed surprise on Christmas Eve when he’s visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Can he change his ways before it’s too late? $21-23 per person.
100 South St., Morristown
A Magical Cirque Christmas
Nov. 23, 3 and 8 pm
Watch dazzling performances by cirque artists from around the world while listening to your family’s favorite holiday classics live. $39-125 per person.
Dec. 1, 1:30 and 4:30 pm
The kids will learn about pursuing their dreams when one special moose wants to join Santa’s reindeer crew, and may be their only hope to save Christmas. $12-15 per person.
91 University Pl., Princeton
A Christmas Carol
Dec. 10-29, times vary
Knock the bah-humbug out of the season with grumpy ol’ Scrooge as he travels through Christmas past, present and future. $25-66 per person.
1 Center St., Newark
The Hip Hop Nutcracker featuring Kurtis Blow
Dec. 20-21, times vary
This seasonal mash-up mixes urban dancing and digital scenery to retell the story of the Nutcracker, featuring rapper Kurtis Blow as MC. There’ll also be a dozen dancers and a violinist. $29-79 per person.
Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque
Dec. 28, 3 and 7:30 pm
Think aerialists, acrobats, daredevils and musical comedy combined with an upbeat soundtrack and special effects. $29-69 per person.
118 Lamington Rd. Branchburg
The Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 1, 1 and 5 pm
Start the season with tradition. The Moscow Ballet’s 40 costumed dancers, giant puppets and designs bring classic magic to this timeless Christmas story. $50-60 per person.
300 Pompton Rd., Wayne
Holidays Around the World
Dec. 14, 1 pm
Celebrate holidays from around the world like Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, St. Lucia Day and Christmas. Help bring a colorful dragon to life and marvel at costumes and stories from the Lohri Festival. Pre-show activities begin at 12:15 pm. $8-10 per person.
1 SOPAC Way, South Orange
Dec. 8, 2 pm
Angelina Ballerina and her friends must save their holiday dance pageant when it looks like the show won’t go on. Stop by at 1 pm for a kids’ activity in the loft. $25 per person.
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Dec. 13-15, times vary
See American Repertory Ballet’s only performances with a live orchestra and choir. Watch young Clara’s dreams featuring a brave Nutcracker, the Mouse King and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. $25-65 per person.
14 Alvin Pl., Upper Montclair
Dec. 7-8, 14-15, times vary
After a walk around Paris, Madeline’s peers and teacher suddenly come down with the flu, which means they may not be able to go home for Christmas! That is, until there’s a knock at the front door. $12 per person.
21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
Love in Hate Nation
Nov. 9-Dec. 1, times vary
The holidays are all about love. When 16-year-old Savannah is sent to National Reformatory School for Girls in the ’60s, she meets Sheila and attempts to break free of social norms using music. $28-58 per person.
1601 Irving St., Rahway
Classic Film Series on 35mm: Elf
Nov. 29, 7:30 pm
As far as holiday shows in NJ go, this movie fave still makes our list. This 2003 comedy about Buddy the Elf’s journey to find his father is a modern classic. Come back on Dec. 21 at 8 pm for a screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation that includes popcorn. Free/Elf, $5/NLCV.
What are your favorite holiday shows in NJ? Let us know in the comments.