• The Nutcracker in New Jersey

Holiday Arts & Culture: Special Shows for the Season

Gather friends and family to spend a night discovering the magic of the theater, as special holiday productions, musicals and concerts illuminate the splendor of the season. From The Nutcracker to A Christmas Carol and everything in between, there’s a lot going on this holiday season in the performing arts for New Jersey. Be sure to add these events to your calendar:

Elf, The Musical

November 5 – 21, 2021

Music Mountain Theatre, Lambertville

November 12 – 14, 2021

Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank

December 10 – 19, 2021

Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman

Based on the beloved holiday movie, this rollicking comedy follows Buddy the Elf on his journey to discover his true identity.

A Christmas Carol

November 26 – December 12, 2021

Centenary Stage Company’s Sitnik Theatre, Hackettstown

November 26 – December 12, 2021

Music Mountain Theatre, Lambertville

Delve into the spirit of the season with all the amazement that Scrooge himself discovers in this classic holiday story about generosity and kinship.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 26, 2021

Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood

November 28, 2021

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Delighting generations of families every holiday season, the heartwarming cartoon now comes to life on stage with an all-star cast featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

The Nutcracker

November 27 – 28, 2021

Roxey Ballet at the Villa Victoria Theatre, Ewing

December 4 – 5, 2021

New Jersey Ballet at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood

December 10 – 12, 2021

Company of Dance Arts at the Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank

December 17 – 19, 2021

American Repertory Ballet at the State Theatre, New Brunswick

December 17 – 26, 2021

New Jersey Ballet with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Children and grown-ups alike will be captivated with the graceful dancing, moving music, surprising special effects and touch of holiday magic at this iconic production.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 29 – 30, 2021

State Theatre, New Brunswick

Rediscover the holiday TV classic generations of kids grew up on about a ruby-nosed reindeer that doesn’t quite fit in and how he saved Christmas for us all.

A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney’s Broadway Hits

December 1, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn

No one brings the magic and wonder like Disney, and now the whole family can enjoy songs from their most popular stage productions performed by some of Broadway’s brightest stars in this festive holiday season concert.

The Midtown Men: Holiday Hits Show

December 2, 2021

Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank

December 8, 2021

Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood

You loved them in Jersey Boys, now the original cast is reunited to serenade you with holiday classics and great rock and roll tunes in swinging 60s style, including renditions of hits made popular by The Beatles, The Temptations, The Four Seasons and more.

Ebenezer, A Musical Christmas Carol

December 4 – 19, 2021

Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven

Experience one of the most beloved holiday classics with a new twist as Ebenezer Scrooge’s epic existential journey is enhanced with “music, dancing and a little bit of magic.”

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 8 – 9, 2021

State Theatre, New Brunswick

Imagine your favorite holiday songs rolled up with original music into eye-popping aerial performances of gingerbread men, toy soldiers, snowmen, penguins and more. This extravaganza is sure to put you in the spirit of the season.

The Reindeer Who Saved Christmas

December 11 – 18, 2021

Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman

The children’s classic holiday song and TV special harnesses new appeal when everyone’s favorite shiny-nosed reindeer takes the stage live.

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays

December 17, 2021

McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Princeton

An uplifting vocal performance for the holidays blending spiritual songs and hymns with offerings from other cultures and countries—from Africa to Israel—as well as the group’s own original music.

Ritz Kids: Rudolph Meets Frosty

December 17 – 18, 2021

Ritz Theatre Company, Haddon Township

Two favorite holiday characters come together in this saga to, once again, save Christmas. This production marks the Ritz Kids triumphant return to the stage in a show performed by kids for kids.

Hallelujah Together Again for the Holidays

December 19, 2021

Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank

Monmouth Civic Chorus delivers the sounds of the season at this annual concert, now live again, showcasing favorite holiday classics.

Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

December 23, 2021

Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank

It was not so long ago that Santa’s Scout Elves flew into the lives of good little children around the world. This production tells the tale of their magical existence through an original story and score that will delight holiday lovers of all ages.

Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

December 30, 2021

Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank

Become immersed in this “song play” of the Nativity Story as inspired by the Gospel of Luke, told through the poetry of Langston Hughes and performed by an all-Black cast of talented actors, singers, dancers and musicians.

Salute to Vienna – New Year’s Eve Concert

December 31, 2021

State Theatre, New Brunswick

Greet the New Year with the glittery annual celebration that recreates Vienna’s golden era of music. Marvel as acclaimed singers, dancers and a live symphony orchestra sweep you away with their grand performances.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

January 2, 2022

State Theatre, New Brunswick

It’s the classic holiday tale presented with a modernized genre and setting. Enjoy an opening by hip-hop pioneer MC Curtis Blow and high-energy dance performances that breathe new life into Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.


Your First Act: Before you head to the performance, tickets in hand, check the hosting venue’s official website to read all the latest details on admission policies. Then enjoy the show!

Find even more holiday events in New Jersey with the online events calendar.