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, with modern and traditional classics presented by multiple venues listed first in date order, based on the earliest opening for each. Be sure to scroll to the end of the page to explore all holiday performances:

The Nutcracker

November 14, 2022 | Shea Center For Performing Arts at William Paterson University, Wayne

November 25 – 27, 2022 | American Repertory Ballet at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton

November 26 – December 4, 2022 | Roxey Ballet at the Villa Victoria Theater, Ewing

November 30, 2022 | Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

December 3 – 4, 2022 | New Jersey Ballet at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood

December 9 – 11, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank

December 9, 2022 | Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg

December 11, 2022 | American Repertory Ballet at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton

December 16 – 18, 2022 |American Repertory Ballet at the State Theatre, New Brunswick

December 16 – 27, 2022 |New Jersey Ballet with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

December 16 – 18, 2022 |New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet at Centenary Stage Company’s Sitnik Theatre, Hackettstown

December 17 – 18, 2022 | Vineland Regional Dance Company, Vineland

December 18, 2022 | The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark

A Christmas Carol

November 25 – December 11, 2022 | Music Mountain Theatre, Lambertville

December 7 – 24, 2022 | McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton

December 9 – 11, 2022 |Passage Theatre Company, Trenton

December 18, 2022 | Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood

December 18 – 20, 2022 | Phoenix Productions, Red Bank
 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 25, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank

December 3 -17, 2022 | Music Mountain Theatre, Lambertville

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 27, 2022 | Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

December 1, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank

A Christmas Story, The Musical

December 3 – 18, 2022 | Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan

December 9 – 18, 2022 | Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman

Or Find a New Holiday Favorite With These Festive Shows!

The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays
November 11 – 12, 2022 | Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Frosty & Rudolph
November 12 – 26, 2022 | Music Mountain Theatre, Lambertville

One Christmas Carol
November 16 – December 30, 2022 | Cape May Stage, Cape May

Darlene Love: Love For The Holidays
November 26, 2022 | Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
December 9, 2022 | Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood
December 22, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank 

The Land of Forgotten Toys – A Christmas Musical
December 2 – 18, 2022 | The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, Netcong

The Nutcracker Rocks
December 2 – 11, 2022 | Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park

An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
December 2, 2022 | Shea Center For Performing Arts at William Paterson University, Wayne

A Wicked Christmas Carol
December 2 – 18, 2022 | Somerset Valley Players, Hillsborough

Christmas with the Celts
December 3, 2022 | The Newton Theatre, Newton

Holiday Doo-Wop
December 3, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank
December 17, 2022 | Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical
December 3 – 18, 2022 | Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven

Manheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis
December 3, 2022 | Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas
December 4, 2022 | Shea Center For Performing Arts at William Paterson University, Wayne

Top of The World: A Carpenters Tribute Christmas Show
December 4, 2022 | Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits and Holiday Favorites
December 7, 2022 | Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Lindsey Stirling: Snow Waltz Tour
December 7, 2022 | New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark

Celtic Angels Christmas
December 9, 2022 | Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Shining Stars: Christmas Spectacular
December 9, 2022 | Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea
December 10, 2022 | Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

A John Denver Christmas Starring Ted Vigil
December 11, 2022 | The Newton Theatre, Newton

NJ Youth Symphony: Danzon, Tango and Bugler’s Holiday!
December 11, 2022
Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

A Very Darren Crissmas With Darren Criss
December 11, 2022 | Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Lightwire Theater Presents A Very Electric Christmas
December 13, 2022 | New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark

A Magical Cirque Christmas
December 13, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank

A Very Postmodern Christmas
December 15, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank

Big Band Holiday Concert
December 16 – 18 | Music Mountain Theatre, Lambertville

Christmas With Chris Ruggiero
December 16, 2022 | Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook

Brian Kirk & The Jirks: Santa for Lunch Break
December 17, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
December 17, 2022 | New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark

Glenn Miller Orchestra Big Band Holiday Show
December 18, 2022 | The Newton Theatre, Newton

Holiday Express
December 19 & 20, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank

A Bluegrass Christmas
December 21, 2022 | Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Symphony
December 21, 2022 | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank

A Very Lambertville Holiday Celebration
December 21, 2022 | Roxey Ballet at the Music Mountain Theatre, Lambertville

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
December 26, 2022 | New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark


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. Care to extend your night at the theater into an overnight getaway? Download our free Travel Guide for ideas worthy of an encore.