Our list of the best family-friendly holiday shows NYC has to offer includes the Big Apple Circus and a musical version of A Christmas Carol.
Everything on our list is $25 or less, so you and the kids can enjoy more New York City for less money.
Bring the whole family to drop in and visit Santa at his workshop and pick up some unforgettable Christmas card photos in the process. Santa’s Broadway Photo Factory is full of whimsical, wonderful, detailed sets and designs for you to chose for a perfectly personal background for a family photo, and a great gift for Grammie and Grampy. Do it soon, and you have time to send it out before 2018 becomes 2019.
- Discount tickets are $16, for multiple dates and times through Dec. 30.
What happens when you mix Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas tale with a collection of your favorite characters? You get an action packed, comedic tale filled with glorious holiday cheer that’s a must see for all young readers and Dickens fans. A SEUSSified Christmas Carol is a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets.
With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something the doctor might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story.
- See The AlphaNYC Theater Company’s production at the Producers’ Club for just $10 per ticket. Dec. 16 only.
This is a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? This tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season for the whole family.
- Discount tickets start at $21 for multiple dates in December.
Like seeing real-life superheroes in action, enjoy some of the world’s top circus acts and sets them lose in an intimate one-ring setting. What in the world could the impossible-sounding horizontal juggling be? Find out when Victor Moiseev debuts the dazzling feat for American audiences at NYC’s Lincoln Center. What would it look like if Superman and Wonder Woman danced? Maybe something like the poetic aerial choreography of Desire in Flight. Is it possible for a person to pull off four somersaults midair and time it so perfectly that another guy dangling upside down on a swing can catch him?
Just watch the Flying Tunizianis. Throw in beautiful horses, trick-performing dogs and hilarious clowns, and you’ve got one jaw-dropping, fun-filled show for the whole family.
Discount tickets start at $15 for multiple dates
Who doesn’t love marionettes? And who doesn’t think NYC is lucky to have one of the last puppeteer theater groups in the USA. And who doesn’t want to take the kids to see the original musical production Yeti, Set, Snow! for ticket costing just $8-$12, which makes it one of the best family bargains in town..
Yeti, Set, Snow! is the whimsical story of a young girl named Widget and her friend, Twig, who encounter a Yeti, named Pascetti ,who lives on a mountain top nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers that snow can be fun and also learns the value of friendship, including friendship with creatures who aren’t just like him. It’s a great story anytime, but especially in these days fraught with news headlines about people who are different from us.
- Up to three performances a day, through Feb. 2019
Give your kids a chance to get up close and personal with ol’ Saint Nick himself at Breakfast with Santa. This is a morning meet-and-greet that includes a continental breakfast and the opportunity to pose for photos and present a holiday wish list to the big guy in red. In addition, Elfprov (from the silly minds behind Improv 4 Kids) perform an interactive musical comedy starring Santa’s favorite helpers. For an extra-special holiday treat, go VIP for reserved stage-side seats, priority access to Santa and tasty treats at your table.
- Discount tickets from $12 for multiple dates in December.