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What’s On Stage in Philly This Winter?

Here are the can’t miss performances you’ll want to see with your family this season.

The holidays are over but there’s still a long winter ahead of us—what better way to get through it than with music and spectacle? Whether your kids are in preschool or high school, there’s something coming this season guaranteed to inspire, delight, and entertain. Here’s the best of what’s ahead.

The Snow Queen

Through January 26

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.


Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen transports audiences on a journey through the four seasons, and celebrates the magical power of friendship.

My General Tubman

Through March 1

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second Street


A world premiere by acclaimed Philadelphia author Lorene Cary, My General Tubman is a beautiful and exciting new play about the complex journey of Harriet Tubman and the impact she continues to have today.


January 21–26

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.


A stirring re-invention of this beloved favorite, see Irish dance with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, staging and costume design, and an all-new finale number! Tickets available online.

Dancing with the Stars Live

January 26, 8 pm

The Met, 858 N. Broad St.


Experience the professional dancing, costumes, and excitement from the TV show live on stage.

Grace for President

February 1–9

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.


Part of the WST for Kids series, this cute, one-hour play based on the book by Kelly S. DiPucchio is a fun introduction to the electoral system and teaches the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought.


Nick Jr. Live!

February 8 and 9

Academy Of Music, 240 S. Broad St.


Sing, dance, clap, cheer and move to the music with your friends from Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue’s Clues and You, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Top Wing in an unforgettable musical spectacular! VIP Experience with premium seating and meet-and-greets are available.

Shen Yun

February 12–March 1

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.


Featuring classical Chinese dance, patented scenographical effects, and original orchestral works, this production is colorful, dramatic, and spectacular.

Jurassic World Live Tour

February 14–17

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.


Jurassic World comes to life for the first time in a touring arena show. Animatronic dinosaurs, stunts, and more take you on a live adventure!

Mummenschanz: ‘You and Me’

February 16, 7 pm

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street


This Swiss mask theater troupe plays with light, choreography, illusion, and everyday objects to create visual spectacle in a show that will delight all ages.

Hello, Dolly!

February 19–March 1

Academy Of Music, 240 S. Broad St.


One of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals, this spectacular show follows the strongminded Dolly Levi’s adventures in matchmaking and love. With classics like “Before the Parade Passes By” and of course the titular show-stopping number, this musical is a must-see. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Carnival of the Animals

March 7, 11:30 am

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.


The Philadelphia Orchestra and dancers from the Rock School present Camille Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals. Verizon Hall will be magically turned into a zoo as animals are conjured up by the musicians of the Orchestra. Enhance your family’s experience with Pre-Concert Adventures, free for all ticket holders, beginning one hour before the concert.

MasterChef Junior Live!

March 11, 7 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.


The family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and challenges with past MasterChef Junior contestants, and an overall immersive audience experience that is fun for all ages. Limited VIP Packages are available that include a premium seat, meet-and-greet experience, signed show poster, photos, and more.


Ballet Folclòrico Nacional de México

March 12, 7:30 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.


Part of the Kimmel Center’s Family Discovery Series, this performance showcases the beauty of music, dance, costumes, and Mexican traditions.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

March 13–15

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.


In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites.

Les Misérables

March 17–29

Academy Of Music, 240 S. Broad St.


Do you hear the people sing? A new production of the Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon about love, heartbreak, and redemption in 19th Century France comes to the Academy of Music. From “I Dreamed a Dream” to “One Day More,” practically every song is an unforgettable classic.


Photographs courtesy of the Kimmel Center.

Contributing Writer