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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.

Is it really the holidays if Marie doesn’t get a nutcracker from her mysterious grandfather? Of course not! Winter is coming, so get your tickets to these fantastic performances around town, and have a music-filled season your family won’t soon forget.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

November 16–January 2

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in this song-filled musical based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story and the classic Disney film. All guests must be fully vaccinated to enter the theatre and must present digital or physical proof at the door. Children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination may show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

Anastasia

November 23-28

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

As Anya uncovers her mysterious past as the lost Grand Duchess, you’ll be swept away in 1920s style and show-stopping musical numbers. Journey to the past with the hit Broadway musical adapted from the animated film AnastasiaNote that proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours) and masks are required for all Kimmel Center Campus performances this season.

Little Women: The Broadway Musical

December 1—January 2

Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave.

 

Based on the classic novel, this coming-of-age story takes the stage with song and movement to inspire all ages. All guests must be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Live On Stage

December 4, 1:30 pm and 5 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. The play is adapted from the classic television special and features the music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters. Note that proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours) and masks are required for all Kimmel Center Campus performances this season.

Lantern Theater Company presents ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 3—30

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. Patrons 12 years of age and older will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into all Lantern venues. All patrons will also be required to remain masked. A professionally filmed version of A Christmas Carol will be available to stream on-demand beginning December 14.

A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season

December 4—18

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 West End and Broadway star Scarlett Strallen and Philadelphia native and Broadway legend Hugh Panaro. Note that proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours) and masks are required for all Kimmel Center Campus performances this season.

 

Photograph by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’

December 10—31

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

 

In our family, the holiday season just isn’t complete without the Philadelphia Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, and it’s back as a live performance this year! From the  Tchaikovsky score to the timeless story of holiday magic, this ballet is a classic for a reason. Note that proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours) and masks are required for all Kimmel Center Campus performances this season.

The Philadelphia Dance Academy presents ‘The Nutcracker’

December 11 and 12

Mandell Theater, Drexel University, 3220 Chestnut St.

 

Each two-hour performance of this holiday classic will feature students of the Philadelphia Youth Ballet, Philadelphia Dance Academy, and professional guest artists. All attendees 12 years old and up must be fully vaccinated. Masks are also required for all attendees.

The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble presents The Tapcracker

December 11 and 12

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. All patrons must wear a mask and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents The Glorious Sound of Christmas

December 16—21

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

 

The Glorious Sound of Christmas has been a Philadelphia Orchestra tradition since 1962. Make these concerts part of your holiday tradition with these jubilant and family-friendly performances. Note that proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours) and masks are required for all Kimmel Center Campus performances this season.

disney on ice

Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Disney on Ice

December 25—January 2

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

 

Get on your best princess dress and light-up wand for skating, music, and adventure! This production, Let’s Celebrate, includes favorite characters like Queen Elsa, Tiana, Rapunzel, Woody, Forky, and more. Of course, Mickey, Minnie, and the whole gang are there too! Tickets available online. Face coverings are required, regardless of vaccination status. Stay tuned for our giveaway!

 

 

 

 

Lead photograph by Dan Norman, courtesy of the Kimmel Center.

Contributing Writer

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