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Best holiday & Christmas shows in Boston theaters

Enjoy some culture this Christmas season at Boston's best live performances.

JQ Louise
Katie McAleer
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JQ Louise
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Katie McAleer
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Savor the holiday season by attending a few festive shows this year. Enjoy our city's beautiful theaters and the talented actors and dancers on stage. From classics like the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker to new and exciting performances like Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Twas the Night Before, Cirque’s first-ever Christmas show! We’ve rounded up all the festive, jolly and merry shows you’ll want to grab tickets to this year. When you’re done, check out one of the many Christmas events in Boston or get some more cheer from a Boston Christmas lights display.

Best shows to see in December

  • Theater

A classic and a must see for all Bostonians. The Boston Ballet’s critically-acclaimed rendition of The Nutcracker is majestic, magical and fun for all ages. Performances begin the day after Thanksgiving, November 25 and run through New Year’s Eve December 31. The Nutcracker features the full Company, Boston Ballet II dancers, and Boston Ballet School students. The 41-performance run will feature many dancer debuts in new roles, showcasing the vast talent within the Company and providing many opportunities for dancers to shine in various roles. Purchase tickets here.

  • Theater

An exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine. This festive show about the wonders of sharing and friendship promises to spark lasting memories in the hearts of families this holiday season. Shows running at the Boch Center Wang Theater from November 25 – December 11, buy tickets before they sell out!

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  • Theater

An annual Boston tradition – The Slutcracker – returns for another year of holiday fun at The Somerville Theater. This burlesque version of the Nutcracker is inclusive, hilarious, and showcases the talents of people from nearly every walk of life, body type, and kink. This show is 18+ and shows are running from December 2 – December 31. Get tickets here.

  • Theater

For over 52 years, Black Nativity retells the Nativity story set to jubilant gospel music, dramatic dance, black vernacular and Biblical narrative. Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. This moving and cherished tradition is a must see if you’re in Boston for the holidays. Shows running December 2 – December 18, purchase tickets now.

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  • Art

Lighthouse Immersive is back with Immersive Nutcracker displays the newest rendition of this timeless classic, using the latest projection mapping technology to chronicle Marie and her beloved toy nutcracker who comes to life to battle the Mouse King and then takes her on an enchanting adventure across a holiday-themed dreamscape. The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle, is now open, buy tickets here.

  • Music

Celebrate the holiday season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The Holiday Pops is a Boston classic, performing festive favorites from cultural traditions around the world, conductors Keith Lockhart and James Burton have holiday shows throughout the month of December, they even have a sensory-friendly concert option and a kids matinee. Purchase tickets here.

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  • Music

City Winery Boston presents Rockapella Christmas Show on Monday, December 12. Rockapella one of the most influential acapella groups of the last 30 years will perform this one night only Christmas show, featuring holiday classics like Silver Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and White Christmas. Along with their original holiday hits The Hope We Hold, Christmas Without You, and more. Doors open at 6pm and show begins at 8pm, get tickets here.

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