LEIGHTON CHEN / The Nutcracker, State Theatre New Jersey

Watching a story come to life on stage is part of the magic of the holidays. These theaters have showings throughout December that include ballet performances, movie showings and sing-alongs.

MICHAEL FRANKEN / Elf The Musical

ALGONQUIN ARTS THEATRE
60 Abe Voorhees Dr., Manasquan
732-528-9211

Elf–The Musical
Dec. 2-17, times vary
Buddy is a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag and gets transported to the North Pole. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll laugh as you watch him find his real family and his true self.
$26-$45 per person.

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 15, 10 am and 11:45 am
This version will be part of the Education Series at Algonquin. Charles Dickens’s classic story will feature carols and comedic dialogue.
$12 per person.

AXELROD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
732-531-9106

The Polar Express
Dec. 1-10, times vary
The children’s book comes to life by dancers from the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater. A young boy boards the dream train and experiences the magic of the holidays as he heads to the North Pole.
$20-$42 per person.

BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
201-227-1030

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker
Dec. 2 and 3, 1 pm and 4:30 pm
See Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Wooden Soldiers and the Mouse King in this ballet performance. New Jersey Ballet’s tradition blends holiday magic with Tchaikovsky’s iconic score performed by the New Jersey Symphony.
$35-$65 per person.

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland
Dec. 13, 8 pm
Look up, because high above the stage you’ll see holiday-themed acrobatics, aerial stunts, daredevil moves and circus tricks.
$45-$105 per person.

CENTENARY STATE COMPANY
Sitnik Theater, Lackland Performing Arts Center
715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
908-979-0900

The Nutcracker
Dec. 15, 7 pm
Dec. 16, 12 pm and 5 pm
Dec. 17, 3 pm
This version of the holiday classic stars young dancers from the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet, Warren County’s only non-profit ballet company, as well as professional dancers from around the world.
$17.50-$30.50 per person.

DAY AFTER DAY PRODUCTIONS / A Charlie Brown Christmas

COUNT BASIE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank
732-842-9000

Black Nativity
Dec. 30, 4 pm
The traditional Nativity story will be told through music, dance and verse in a Gospel song play based on the Gospel of St. Luke. It is based on the poetry of Langston Hughes and is performed by an all-Black cast of singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The purpose is to celebrate cultural diversity and African-American culture.
$15-$27 per person.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
Nov. 24, 1 pm and 4 pm
Whether you remember the Peanuts from your childhood, or your kids are fans, you’ll have a great time with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang as they uncover the meaning of Christmas. $25-$45 per person.

Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas
Nov. 20, 7 pm
From traditions like Aztec-inspired dance to Christmas carols, you can see Christmas through the eyes of a young Mexican immigrant. In a dream, they imagine the fusion of Mariachi music with Tchaikovsky, folk dance with ballet, and the joining of two cultures – but another character wants the cultures to stay separate, and the youngster must choose. $20-$39 per person.

The Nutcracker
Dec. 8, 7 pm
Dec. 9, 1 pm, 5 pm
Dec. 10, 1 pm
$35-$55 per person.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Nov. 28, 7 pm
Come see your favorite characters, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life and teach us that what makes you different is also what makes you special.
$49-$79 per person.

JAY AND LINDA GRUNIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
1 College Dr., Toms River
732-255-0500

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 2, 1 pm
Adults $15, children $12.

Broadway for the Holidays 3
Dec. 8-10, 15-17, times vary
Members of the OCC Repertory Theatre Company will celebrate the season by singing a variety of Broadway songs that will put everyone in the holiday spirit.
Adults $17, seniors $14.

The Nutcracker
Dec. 9, 1 pm and 4 pm
Presented by The Ballet for Young Audiences.
Adults $15, children $12.

KELSEY THEATRE AT MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor
609-570-3333

A Very Kelsey Christmas
Dec. 9 at 8 pm
You can join the studio audience of favorite holiday TV shows and watch as they bring their talents to the stage. This will be an interactive event to keep everyone on their toes. $20-$22 per person.

White Christmas Sing-Along
Dec. 16, 8 pm
Sing Christmas classics while watching the movie musical on screen. There will be
audience participation and an ugly Christmas sweater contest. $20-$22 per person.

FRANK WOJCIECHOWSKI / A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre Center

McCARTER THEATRE CENTER
91 University Pl., Princeton
609-258-2787

American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Nov. 24-26, times vary
$35-$65 per person.

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 6–24, times vary
$25-$80 per person.

The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)
Dec. 14 at 7:30 pm
Get ready to attend St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Church of Acceptance, where all faiths are welcome. But, none of the acts have arrived on time! The Reduced Shakespeare Company will present this holiday variety show and Christmas pageant. Not recommended for kids under 12.
$25-$65 per person.

MAGICSPACE ENTERTAINMENT / A Magical Cirque Christmas

MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
100 South St., Morristown
973-539-8008

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage
Nov. 26, 2 pm and 5 pm
$29-$69 per person.

A Magical Cirque Christmas
Dec. 2, 3 pm and 8 pm
$39-$69 per person.

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker
Dec. 15–27, times vary
With the New Jersey Symphony. $39-$79 per person.

NEWARK SYMPHONY HALL
1020 Broad St., Newark
973-643-4550, ext. 121

Candlelight: Holiday Special featuring The Nutcracker and More
Dec. 22, 6 pm and 8:30 pm
$42-$68 per person.

NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1 Center St., Newark
888-466-5722

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays
Dec. 7, 8 pm
This mind-blowing spectacle features the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. This nonstop show is packed with sophisticated illusions, close-up magic, mentalism and technological spectacle that will blow your mind.
$49-$89 per person.

A Live Conversation with Chevy Chase
Following a Screening of “Christmas Vacation”
Dec. 15, 8 pm
After watching “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on the big screen, its star Chevy Chase, who played Clark Griswold in the movie, will come out live on stage with his wife Jayni to share behind-the-scenes info about making the movie, as well as other parts of his career.
$39.50-$95.50.

The Nutcracker
Dec. 17, 3 pm
The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine performs the classic.
$39-$89 per person.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Dec. 23, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
MC Kurtis Blow treats your family to an original holiday mashup where Tchaikovsky’s classic story gets remixed with hip hop dance and a ton of surprises.
$49-$79 per person.

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
Dec. 23, 3 pm
This will be a giant Kwanzaa celebration filled with traditional West African and neo-African dance, hip hop, ballet, contemporary modern dance and martial arts.
$49-59 per person.

PLAYHOUSE 22
721 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick
732-254-3939

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 8-17, times vary
$18 per person.

RARITAN VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ARTS
118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
908-725-3420 

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet
Dec.
1, 4 pm and 8 pm
$50-$65 per person.

ROXEY BALLET

ROXEY BALLET COMPANY
46 N. Sugan Rd., New Hope, PA
609-397-7616

The Nutcracker
Nov. 25 and 26
Dec. 2-3, 2pm
Dec. 1, 10 am
children’s matinee
At Villa Victoria Theater, 376
W. Upper Ferry Road, Ewing
$37.95-$59.95 per
person

The Nutcracker: Sensory-Friendly
Dec. 9, 3 pm
At Mill Ballet 46 N. Sugan Rd., New Hope, PA
$28 general seating

A Very Lambertville Holiday Celebration
Dec. 20, 7 pm
At Music Mountain Theater 1483 Rte. 179, Lambertville
This will be a mixture of holiday
songs from local artists and bands with choreography from the Roxey Ballet that tell the story of the river town during the holiday season.
$50 per person, in person or virtual.

SOMERSET VALLEY PLAYERS
689 Amwell Rd., Hillsborough
908-369-7469

It’s a Wonderful Life
Dec. 1-17, times vary
George Bailey discovers the true meaning of life when he wishes he had never been born. His guardian angel shows him what life would be like without him in it. $20 adults, $18 seniors and students.

CHERYL MANN / Hip Hop Nutcracker

STATE THEATRE NEW JERSEY
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
732-246-7469

A Magical Cirque Christmas
Dec. 1, 7:30 pm
$39-$99 per person.

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays
Dec. 6, 7:30 pm
You won’t believe your eyes as this group performs magic tricks with a holiday twist.
$39-$129 per person.

The Nutcracker
Dec. 15-17, times vary
This version of the classic features a live orchestra and dancers from the American Repertory Ballet.
$29-$69 per person.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Dec. 29, 8 pm
$39-$69 per person.

STOCKTON UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
101 Vera King Farris Dr., Lot 6, Galloway

The Nutcracker featuring The Atlantic City Ballet
Dec. 8, 10:30 am and 7 pm
Dec. 9, 11 am and 3 pm
$10-$40 per person.

STUDIO PLAYERS
14 Alvin Pl., Upper Montclair
973-744-9752

It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play
Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm
Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 3:30 pm
$22-$25 per person.

UNION COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1601 Irving St., Rahway
732-499-8226

New Jersey Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Sensory-Friendly
Dec. 10, 2 pm
$8 per person.

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