‘Tis the Season for Holiday Theatre!

December 5, 2018

At this time of year, there is so much to choose from if you’re looking for a theatre performance that a) involves kids and/or b) kids will love. I’ve selected just three to showcase the sorts of things that are happening this year. Check out what’s happening in YOUR area — and enjoy! (I’ve listed the holidays in calendar order as they are celebrated this year.)

Chanukah: The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company in St. Paul, Minnesota has presented a special Chanukah production every year for the past sixteen years. This year, they’re performing The Chanukah Guest from December 2 to 18. As their website describes it, “the play tells the story of Bubba Brayna who is going deaf and blind and mistakes a hungry bear for a Rabbi who is coming for a visit. Hilarity ensues as she welcomes the bear into her home, cooks for him and yes, dances with him!”

Sounds like fun! I wonder what special Chanukah performances are happening where you live?You can learn more about the MJTC’s production of The Chanukah Guest¬†at this link.

Christmas: What could be better than the now-classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Instead of (or as well as) watching the classic animated half-hour on TV, or grabbing some popcorn to take in the movie version, people in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota can see a diverse cast of all ages in a live stage production!

The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis is performing How the Grinch Stole Christmas from November 6, 2018 to January 6, 2019 — what a great way to spend some of the winter holiday break! You can learn more about it at this link.

Kwanzaa:¬†There’s a fantastic-sounding musical happening off-Broadway in New York City that celebrates not one, not two, but at least six — including¬†Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Shichigosan. It’s called Holiday Beat, and it runs from November 23 to December 30, 2018.

Check it out at this link (there are other Kwanzaa-focused celebrations listed in that post, as well.) You can learn more at the FunikiJam OffBroadway website. There’s even a part where kids in the audience can get up and dance, too!

There’s also a play called Bone Soup: a Kwanzaa Story. I couldn’t find information about current performances, but watch for it!


Whatever or however you celebrate, there are stage productions, music events, craft sessions, special events at art galleries and museums — there are many ways to celebrate the many days of the holidays. Enjoy!