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.

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Yeti, Set, Snow!

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
Nov 14 – Feb 24

An original production from the historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre features a young girl who teaches a snow-hating yeti named Pascetti the value of snow and friendship. A charming, intimate show for all ages in a magical-in-the-snow Central Park setting.


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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.