There’s no better way to spread holiday cheer than bringing the kids to see one of these Christmas shows in Boston

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or should we say, the busiest? With all the upcoming family gatherings, presents to wrap, and decorating to do, it’s easy to forget to slow down and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with the family. Maybe even see a show or two to keep that magical holiday spirit alive and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the winter season. Thankfully, there are a ton of holiday events and Christmas shows in Boston that the whole family will be grateful to experience. Here are seven shows you won’t want to miss.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is one of those holiday shows that transports you back to your childhood as soon as you hear that hauntingly beautiful musical score. Luckily, The Boston Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker from November 25th through December 31st at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston. So your family will have plenty of chances to grab tickets and watch Clara’s adventure through The Land of Sweets with her Nutcracker prince. You don’t want to miss out on this holiday show which has been described by The Boston Globe as “the gold standard.”

Citizens Bank Opera House
539 Washington St.
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Cirque du Soleil's 'Twas The Night Before

Everyone has heard the famous opening lines on the Christmas classic poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. But the Cirque du Soleil brings this poem to life on stage at The Boch Center in Boston with a modern take on your favorite holiday songs and an acrobatic performance like no other. The kids will be entranced by the fun choreography and silly costumes, while learning about the importance of family traditions and friendship. The holiday songs will also have your inner child beaming and dancing. Be sure to grab your tickets before their last show on December 11.

Boch Center Wang Theatre
270 Tremont St.
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Holiday Pops

There is no better way to spread Christmas cheer than through song and music. Treat the family to this special holiday concert, Holiday Pops, at the Boston Symphony Hall. The family will get to experience a merry night of singing along to their favorite Christmas classics and can even select special matinee performances for younger children, with a shorter show and photo with Santa. Another great option is the Holiday Pops Sensory-Friendly Concert, designed for people who have sensory issues. This concert is more relaxed and offers quiet spaces and less stimulating features. The Holiday Pops will certainly be on your families’ holiday to-do list every year. Performances run from December 1 through Christmas Eve.

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave.
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Christmas with the Copley Singers at the Cathedral

Sometimes a small but magical chorus performance is all you need to bring out your holiday spirit. Gather the family together for this annual concert put on by the Copley Singers, and be ready to be blown away (or brought to tears) by this talented Boston group. The Copley Singers are a critically acclaimed choir and have had many shows throughout New England. Here's the important part—this is a one day only show (December 11). Make sure to get your tickets ASAP.

Good to Know: Kids ages 17 and under attend for free.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross
1400 Washington St.

A Christmas Carol, A Musical Ghost Story

If you have older kids or the family is a fan of literary classics, then A Christmas Carol is a must-see. Follow the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he takes off on an ethereal adventure to discover his Christmas spirit. This award-winning holiday show will be performed from December 1 through December 23.

Good to Know: Children under 4 are not permitted to attend this show.

North Shore Music Theatre
54 Dunham Rd.
Beverly, MA
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Boston Toy Show Holiday Show

Why not start a new holiday tradition this year? If you’ve had your share of Christmas performances, try something a little different and take the family to the Boston Toy Show Holiday Show held at the Hilton Boston in Dedham. Held annually for the last 30 years (with the exception of Covid-19), this Toy show doesn’t display just any old toys; antique toys and collectibles are put on display or for sale. Imagine stumbling on your favorite childhood toy that is no longer made? Then telling your kids stories about these relics? Sounds like a great way to spend a cozy winter morning.

Date & Time: Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Hilton Boston/Dedham
25 Allied Dr.
Dedham, MA 

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Little Women: The Broadway Musical

Here's another great holiday show for the book lovers in your family. This musical adaptation of the beloved story, Little Women, is being performed at the Greater Boston Stage Company. Get ready to laugh and cry whole-heartedly as you watch the March Sisters in their coming-of-age adventures during the Civil War. This is sure to be a memorable performance that will be the topic of discussion as your family returns home for some hot chocolate. Little Women: The Broadway Musical runs from November 25 through December 23.

Greater Boston Stage Company
395 Main St.
​Stoneham, MA
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