Enter the Spirit! Family Vacation Shows – Live and Virtual Performances

Get into the holiday spirit by attending a holiday-themed show that the whole family can enjoy! There are a lot of live shows in the area and some virtual too.

BergenPAC (30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood)

The New Jersey Ballet Nutcracker; $ 19 to $ 49
December 4 and 5 at 1:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

The New Jersey Ballet has delighted audiences for over half a century with its spectacular performances. Audiences of all ages will feel the magic of the holidays as these iconic toys come to life beautifully and dance to the beloved music of this timeless tale.

State Theater New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; $ 29 to $ 59
November 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The beloved television classic Rudolph the red nosed reindeer flies off the screen and takes the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

A very electric Christmas from the Lightwire Theater; $ 15 to $ 35
December 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Lightwire Theater keeps the holiday season happy and bright this year with its show, A very electric Christmas! Semi-finalists on NBC America has talent, Lightwire uses total darkness and electroluminescent technology to bring stories to life on stage. In their Christmas show, you’ll see colorful birds, walking nutcrackers, evil rats, and a variety of beautiful, light-up holiday displays. Based in New Orleans, the group has presented their innovative theatrical experiences to audiences around the world, including in Hong Kong, Canada, China and Paris.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze; $ 40 to $ 98
December 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes the stage at the State Theater this holiday season! The critically acclaimed performance presents the ultimate vacation experience for families, combining Broadway musical and Circus extravagance. The show features classic Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, and original music songs. Come admire gingerbread men hovering in the air, tin soldiers skillfully walking on thin wires, snowmen on balance beams, ice men sculpting with ice and snow, spinning penguins, singing puppets and reindeer hovering above a landscape of holiday wonder!

the Ballet of the American Nutcracker Repertoire; $ 25 to $ 65
December 17 at 7:30 a.m.
December 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 19 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The only performances of the American Repertory Ballet with a live orchestra! This holiday favorite tells the magical tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle toy soldiers and larger-than-life mice, and travel through a whirlwind of dancing snowflakes to the land candy. Greeted by the fairy Sugar Plum and her rider, Clara enjoys a series of bright and joyful dances before opening her eyes to the familiar sights of her own home. Was it all just a dream?

The Hip Hop Nutcracker; $ 35 to $ 65
January 2, 2022, 4:00 PM

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is coming to the State Theater with a vacation mix for the whole family! Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Nutcracker Hip Hop is a contemporary dance performance to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky. A unique and joyful event, this production features a spirited cast of a dozen star dancers, a DJ, a violinist and MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founding fathers of hip hop, who opens the show with a short set. With new-age visuals and digital graffiti, classic ballet is reset in contemporary New York City. With the same hearts as the original, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince set out on a winter adventure fighting an army of mice, meeting sugar plum fairies, and visiting a land of candy and candy!

NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark)

The Nutcracker-The State Ballet Theater of Ukraine; $ 29 to $ 79 –
December 11 at 3:00 p.m.

It’s the season to create unforgettable family memories! Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, The Nutcracker is sure to become your favorite Christmas tradition. The State Ballet Theater of Ukraine’s holiday show transports you to a dazzling winter wonderland during this special morning performance. Enter the magical world of tin soldiers and colorful characters from choreographer Andrei Litvinov. Tchaikovsky’s beloved sheet music is packed with instantly recognizable music, including “The Flower Waltz”, “The Prune Fairy Dance”, “The Snowflake Waltz” and more. It is a magical classic for all ages.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker With MC Kurtis Blow; $ 29 to $ 79
December 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A vacation mix for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker returns to the stage for its seventh season on tour. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, this contemporary dance performance is a remixed and reimagined version of classic, shattering hip hop dance and timeless music by Tchaikovsky brought together in one touching and inspiring holiday event. The Nutcracker Hip Hop is animated by a powerful cast of a dozen star dancers, a DJ, a violinist and MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founding fathers of hip hop, who opens the show with a short set. Bring your family and friends and let the dynamic performers of The Nutcracker Hip Hop take you on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theater of New Jersey (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong)

The story of the nutcracker; $ 18 to $ 28
December 3, 10 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.
November 27 and December 4, 11 and 18 at 4:00 p.m.
November 28 and December 5, 12 and 19 at 2:00 p.m.

The original adaptation of The Growing Stage transforms the classic holiday ballet into a full theatrical production mingled with the music of Tchaikovsky. The mysterious Uncle Drosselmeir brings his niece, Clara, a very special gift, a Nutcracker. After the family goes to bed, Clara comes out of her room to see her gift. As the clock strikes noon, the adventure begins! Clara and The Nutcracker, who is truly a prince, roam the land of candy, fight an army of mice, sail the sea of ​​lemonade, save the fairy from the sugar plums to finally get the prince’s crown from the queen of mice Dowagers and her inept son.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown)

A Charlie Brown Christmas: live on stage; $ 29 to $ 69
November 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Your favorite Peanuts characters come to life in this all-new stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning animated television classic, all to unforgettable music by Vince Guaraldi. Join the gang as they put on their own Christmas play and experience the true meaning of the season. It’s a gift the whole family can enjoy!

A magical circus Christmas; $ 39- $ 69
December 4 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The world’s greatest artists unite for a haunting and incredible holiday production – A Magical Circus Christmas! Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking circus performers, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this cheerful treat that’s perfect for the whole family.

Axelrod Performing Arts Center (100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park)

The Nutcracker Rocks; $ 26 to $ 56
December 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 12 at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
December 15 at 3:00 p.m.
December 17 at 7:00 p.m.
December 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 19 at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

A magical reinvention of a family vacation classic! The Nutcracker Rocks is a mix of powerful music and dance that will transport you to the land of brave toy soldiers and sweet fairies. Based on Hoffman’s original story, choreographer Gabriel Chajnik translates the Victorian-era Nutcracker from the bustles and frills of the 1890s to contemporary times. Tchaikovsky’s beloved score is reimagined in collaboration with renowned rockers Alex Rosamilia and Alex Levine, members of The Gaslight Anthem.

Hackensack Meridian Health Theater at Basie Center Complex (99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank)

The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical; $ 35.50 – $ 84.50
December 23 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

This holiday season, the beloved tradition that has captured the hearts of families around the world returns to the stage! The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical is the thrilling music and dance performance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical life of Santa’s Elf Scouts. With an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyful and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.


New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble
Nutcracker; $ 50
December 19 at 7:00 p.m.

The NJDTE Ensemble invites you to join us for our 52nd anniversary of our holiday classic “The Nutcracker” LIVE at NJDTE Studios. The production, to music by Peter Tchaikovsky, is choreographed by award-winning NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano and features 48 talented pre-professional dancers from New Jersey and the metro area. Note that all live shows are already sold out.

Laurie Berkner Holiday Party 2021, $ 20
December 18 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Join Laurie Berkner for a live interactive virtual performance of over 80 minutes (plus a pre-show!) For the whole family! Sing, dance and play games on your device with Laurie as she performs fan and party favorite songs, interacts with you across the screen, and has a few surprises in store for you from her house to yours! Your ticket gives you access to BOTH shows (12p and 5pET) and helps the LBB team continue operations while we can’t shoot! You can purchase a Dating and Hospitality add-on above. Group rates available, email [email protected] to inquire. Please note that there will now be a 15% service charge added to tickets, which supports the wonderful folks at the platform that hosts our events. Thank you very much for your understanding !

Kenneth T. Shippee