Holidays: Shows

Here comes the snow and winter holiday shows. So many live theater and dance options for celebrating the season – classy, classic, toddler-friendly, low-key and more.

See our Nutcrackers in NYC guide for more tips and details on ways to see this festive ballet and Petite Seat for more info on family-friendly shows.

  BEST STARTER SHOWS FOR PRESCHOOL & TODDLERS  

Puss in Boots

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park ~ West 79th Street & Central Park West
Upper West Side

$12, $8/ages 1.5-12 years, free/under 18 months
Mar 20 – Sep 15

See a classic story with a twist at historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Looking for a change, sly cat Puss dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on a magical journey, proving himself a caring friend to his owner Fergus Mundingle. Short and sweet and a good starter shows for toddlers – though fun for older kids, who espeically like the marionette demonstration at the end


  CLASSY CLASSICS  

Puss in Boots

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park ~ West 79th Street & Central Park West
Upper West Side

$12, $8/ages 1.5-12 years, free/under 18 months
Mar 20 – Sep 15

See a classic story with a twist at historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Looking for a change, sly cat Puss dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on a magical journey, proving himself a caring friend to his owner Fergus Mundingle. Short and sweet and a good starter shows for toddlers – though fun for older kids, who espeically like the marionette demonstration at the end


  MORE OPTIONS  

Beauty & the Beast The Musical

The Players Theatre ~ 115 MacDougal Street
West Village/East Village

$21 at this link
Feb 23 – Apr 28

See an adaptation of  the story of a young girl named Beauty who didn’t seem to fit in based on the original book by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont (not the Disney version) with charming musical numbers, dancing, amusing characters, wonder and magic. Free family workshops 1 hour prior to performances.


Beauty & the Beast The Musical

The Players Theatre ~ 115 MacDougal Street
West Village/East Village

$21 at this link
Feb 24 – Apr 28

See an adaptation of  the story of a young girl named Beauty who didn’t seem to fit in based on the original book by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont (not the Disney version) with charming musical numbers, dancing, amusing characters, wonder and magic. Free family workshops 1 hour prior to performances.


 READ  

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This holiday classic belongs in every family’s library. Perfect for reading aloud at special holiday moments to cleverly celebrate the true meaning of Christmas (spoiler alert – it’s not about the presents).

The Magic Flute: An Opera by Mozart
Simple prose with dialogue and occasional sound effects and Kyra Teis’s painted papers and collages tell the fantastical story of Mozart’s famous opera. Prince Tamino must save Princess Pamina from her evil mother, the Queen of the Night with the help of a magic flute that charms both animals and humans and jovial bird-catcher Papageno. Includes an introductory spread of the ethnically diverse characters and a parent-teacher guide with ideas for activities.

The Nutcracker by New York City Ballet
Prep for the quintessential New York City Ballet Nutcracker with a gorgeous picture book that mimics George Balanchine’s choreography and illustrations inspired by the backdrops and scenery from the actual production. A holiday favorite with stylish and modern sensibility.