See a Show in December :: 10 Family-Friendly Performances in Boston

Photo courtesy Black Nativity Boston

If you’re not traveling over the holidays, you might be looking for some fun things to do with your kids during the month of December or over school vacation. The usual museums will likely be packed, so if you’re looking for something a bit different, live shows are finally making a comeback! 

Here are 10 family-friendly performances in the Boston area that are worth checking out:

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

This jaw-dropping, outstanding performance for the entire family features music, dancers, acrobats, aerialists, and more. Dates are from early to mid December at the Providence Performing Arts Center and the Shubert Theater in Boston.

Sound of Music Singalong

One of my all-time favorite classic musicals will be showing at the Regent Theater in Arlington. They have several shows over school vacation week, and there will be a singalong for families. This is a great movie to bring grandparents to, as they can probably remember when the original film came out in 1965 (when star Julie Andrews was just 20 years old!). 

Disney on Ice’s Mickey’s Search Party at Agganis Arena

Kids on the younger side will love to see Mickey and friends, Moana, Coco, Aladdin, Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, and other characters come to life on ice. Shows are about two hours long, including a short intermission. There are plenty of dates available over school vacation week.

Charlie Brown Christmas

This timeless classic is showing in early December at the Chevalier Theater in Medford. (If you miss this show, the movie will be airing on network TV on Sunday, December 19.)

Fiddler on the Roof at the Emerson Colonial Theater

This feel-good musical is set in Russia in the early 1900s, and it’s a heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love, and laughter. You’ll recognize many of the songs!

Puppet Showplace Theater 

These puppet shows are great for all ages, and especially for young children. There is also a holiday singalong during Christmas week for ages 2-6.

A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theater  

This theater is easy to get to off of Rt. 128 in Beverly. For ages 4 and up, this musical production has been running for 30 years and reminds viewers of the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Who doesn’t have a Scrooge in their life?! This venue also has wonderful children’s theater throughout the year. 

Wizard of Oz at Wheelock Family Theater 

If you’re a planner like me and want to think ahead to February, get tickets now. This theater has amazing shows all year, but this one is such a classic, everyone should see it at least once! (Future shows here will include Make Way for Ducklings as well as Matilda in 2022.)

Black Nativity

In both Boston and Worcester, this retelling of the Christmas story is set to energetic gospel music and dancing. This production is affiliated with the National Center of Afro-American artists. It’s a seasonal tradition that has been running for more than 50 years, and it’ll put you in a great mood for the holidays.

The Magic Lab Boston

Located in Roslindale, this newer theater hosts monthly magic shows, including open-mic magic nights, where aspiring magicians can test out their tricks on the audience.  

Whatever you prefer, I hope you and your family have time to enjoy some magic this holiday season with a local show!

Cheryl is a native of Salem, MA, with just a slight Boston accent that remains from her childhood. She has been a high school counselor for over 20 years and enjoys helping her seniors navigate the college application process. A lifelong Boston Bruins fan, Cheryl began attending hockey games with her father in the original Boston Garden at the age of 8, a tradition she is now sharing with her son. Cheryl published a children’s picture book about (what else!) a child attending his first Bruins game. A graduate of Boston College, Cheryl is also passionate about soccer, travel, Cape Cod, and spending time with her family. As much as she loves to travel, she equally loves coming home. Cheryl resides in Arlington with her husband and son, who was born in 2014. Loves: playing soccer on the weekends, Italian culture and GOOD pizza, hot summer nights, seafood shacks, '80s music, sneakers, and being organized Dislikes: long meetings, loud noises,  messiness