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:
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.
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!).
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.