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Can’t Miss Holiday Performances in Philly

From sugarplums to Scrooge, here’s what’s coming to Philly for the holidays.

There’s something synonymous about winter holidays and seeing a stage show. Whether it’s a musical, the ballet, a drama, or even an ice-skating spectacular there are performances happening all winter long!

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”

November 22-December 31
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.  


Walnut Street Theatre presents “Cinderella” as a delightful holiday treat for the whole family. It was just extended through December 31.  


Mary Poppins

November 25-December 31
Quintessence Theatre Group, 7137 Germantown Ave.  


Celebrate your “Jolly Holiday” by flying over the rooftops of London with the quirky and mystical Mary Poppins. The stage version, reconceived by Julian Fellowes (the creator of Downton Abbey), retains Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman’s toe-tapping score. Continuing Quintessence’s tradition of rethinking children’s classics with an edge, this “Spoonful of Sugar”  is the practically perfect blend of the charm of the Disney film and the mythology of Travers’ playful novels, reminding young and old never to forget the power of their imagination. Use discount code Family10 to get $10 off all evening performances!


Lantern Theater Company presents ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 3-28
923 Ludlow St.  


This dramatic retelling of A Christmas Carol is accomplished by just one actor! Anthony Lawton brings the story to life, playing each character. Streaming options will be announced on November 30 if you are unable to make it in person.  


A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season

December 3-17
Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.  


This Philly tradition features hundreds of performers bringing a repertoire of favorite holiday classics. The concert features vocals by the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, and the Philly POPS Festival Chorus; plus “Hamilton” star Mandy Gonzalez and Broadway sensation Jordan Donica.  


Photograph by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’

December 9-28
Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.  


The holiday season just isn’t complete without the Philadelphia Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. From the Tchaikovsky score to the timeless story of holiday magic, this ballet is a classic for a reason.  


The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble presents The Tapcracker

December 10 and 11
Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad Street  


Not enough Nutcracker? Try this unique adaptation. Set to the music of both Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington, The Tapcracker transports audiences to Paris, where an infestation of rats has thrown the city into chaos! The 90-minute, family-friendly concert puts an original, all-women, all-tap spin on the holiday classic and will feature a talented cast of 30 dancers from the ensemble’s First Company, Apprentice Company, and Youth Ensemble.  


The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Children’s Holiday Spectacular

December 10, 11:30 a.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Cultural Campus, 300 S. Broad St.  


This seasonal performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra will feature sing-alongs and special guests to for the whole family to enjoy.  


Photo courtesy of Comcast Spectacor

 Disney on Ice presents “Frozen” and “Encanto”

December 25 – 31
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.


This year’s Disney on Ice performance will feature characters and songs from family favorites “Frozen” and “Encanto.” Enter Main Line Parent’s ticket giveaway!  


Blue Man Group

December 27 – 31
Miller Theatre, 250 South Broad Street


It’s looking to be a ‘Blue’ Christmas when the global entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group returns to Philly for the first time in almost a decade at Kimmel Center’s Miller Theatre (formerly Merriam) December 27-31, 2022!  


Kimmel Cultural Campus – Merriam Theater Photo credit: Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

Laura Swartz contributed to the original version of this article. 

Calendar Editor and Writer for Philadelphia Family. Send tips to eleanor@familyfocus.org.