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Kid-Friendly Nutcrackers and Holiday Shows in Westchester

Mommy Poppins logo Mommy Poppins 5/12/2022 Susan Miele
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We're all craving a return to normalcy so we can soak up the holiday season this year. Fortunately, a host of theatrical performances are being staged, so Westchester and Hudson Valley families can delight in the costumed spectacles that tell holiday tales.

Below we've rounded up 15 such productions. Whether you fancy the classic Nutcracker ballet, a depiction of Ebenezeer Scrooge, a family-friendly concert, or an adaptation of a TV holiday cartoon, we've got it all. Some, like the West Point Band's annual holiday show, are even FREE! Be sure to purchase tickets early to account for limited capacity and to avoid the complaints of "I can't see..." 

We have so many ways to lift your family's holiday spirits: From must-do holiday attractions to craft fairs, and more; our Holiday Fun Guide includes festive destinations and at-home activities. Be sure to visit our activity calendar, where you’ll find an ever-growing number of other holiday events we’re curating continuously. 

Nutcracker Performances for Kids Near Westchester

Friday, December 3-Sunday, December 5, 2021 - Chester

The famed Nutcracker ballet is presented at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center by the Warwick Dance Collective and the Warwick Center for the Performing Arts. Five productions are scheduled over three days. Performed in two acts. read more

Sunday, December 5, 2021 - Port Chester

Central Park Dance returns to The Capitol Theatre with its annual production of Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker." This production features more than100 dancers from Central Park Dance and surrounding Westchester communities. Two performances are scheduled—12:30pm and 5pm. read more

Sunday, December 19, 2021 – Tarrytown

This abbreviated production of "The Nutcracker," an annual staple at the Tarrytown Music Hall, is best suited for younger audiences with a shorter attention spans. The production is presented by New York Theatre Ballet. read more

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Westchester's Jessica Lynn performs country Christmas classics in Peekskill. on Stage. Photo courtesy of the artist

Other Holiday Performances for Kids Near Westchester

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Poughkeepsie

The animated holiday classic is brought to life on stage for a one-night performance the evening before Thanksgiving. The musical tale of Rudolph's shiny nose reminds families of the blessings of being different. read more

Multiple dates from Friday, December 3-Thursday, December 30, 2021 - White Plains

A musical adaptation of the Dickens holiday classic, A Christmas Carol - The Musical was created by Broadway icons Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens. Choose from 17 performance times, which include a mix of matinee and evening shows (and one morning). The production features live orchestral accompaniment. read more

Fridays-Sundays, December 3-December 19 - Rhinebeck

Returning to in-person theater, this year's presentation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale is scheduled for nine nights in December. The 2021 season marks the 16th year of this production. read more

Fridays-Sundays, December 3-December 19 - Chappaqua

Adapted from the classic holiday cartoon, the beloved Peanuts gang performs the sentimental tale of Charlie Brown's unusual choice of Christmas tree as it reflects the true meaning of Christmas. Following the performance, the audience is invited to join the cast in a group sing of holiday carols. read more

Multiple Dates from December 10-23, 2021 – Tarrytown

This theatrical performance recreates Charles Dickens' own readings of the classic tale that brings the travails of Ebenzer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim alive. Guests listen to the tale in the parlor of the mansion, "meeting" the different spirits and characters. Only teens are admitted to this one-hour show. read more

Sunday, December 12, 2021 - Poughkeepsie

For a different take on holiday shows, this production features circus acts set to holiday music. Members of Cirque Musica perform aerial stunts and acrobatics, and comical hijinks add to the amusement. An optional VIP package allows for added perks, like meeting the performers. read more

Saturday, December 18, 2021 - Peekskill

Country-music star and Westchester’s own Jessica Lynn is coming home for the holidays, along with a multimedia spectacle that includes dancers, singers, musicians, visual effects, and a visit from Santa. Both traditional and new holiday tunes are planned. Bring a toy to donate for a chance to win a prize. read more

Saturday, December 18, 2021 – Tarrytown

These Irish performers return to Tarrytown Music Hall for another holiday celebration, featuring Christmas carols with Celtic instrumentation, a full band in accompaniment and Irish step dancing. read more

Saturday, December 18, 2021 – Poughkeepsie

Celebrate the holiday season with a performance of Handel's Messiah at the Bardavon Opera House. The Hudson Valley Philharmonic performs. read more

Saturday, December 18, 2021 - Rhinebeck

The Saturday Morning Family Series offers a variety of stage productions year-round, ranging from animal shows to live theater, magic, dance, and puppetry. On December 18, A Dickens Tale is followed by a visit from Santa! read more

Sunday, December 19, 2021 - Bethel

A belated Hanukkah production, the Klezmatics visit Bethel Woods with a holiday show. Known for revitalizing klezmer music, the group's repertoire is varied and multifaceted. read more


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