For some families, going to the theater for holiday productions is an annual tradition. For others, it’s not in the cards, whether it’s because the kids are too little, it’s not in the budget, or the timing isn’t right. Though the pandemic has upended many traditions this year, it has also made way for many more families to view theatrical productions from the comfort and safety at home.
Most of these theatres and production companies rely on ticket sales and donations to stay open, even in good times. Now more than ever, it’s important to support the arts. Check out some of these traditional and modern classics, as well as some clever new holiday tales.
Featuring a cast of over 70 performers, Home for the Holidays: Stronger Together includes songs from a wide variety of musicals and pop artists that exemplify inner strength and perseverance. After a year of incredible tests and trials, we celebrate our individual and collective triumphs, no matter how small. Theatre is a powerful outlet for so many and if this time apart has taught us nothing else, we have learned that our love for music and the arts will always be there for us in our time of need. Streaming begins Sunday, December 20, at 7:30 PM. Rent the video for $15 per individual or $30 per family.
This musical tells the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in the magical world of The North Pole. Despite her love for her family there, including Santa, Mrs. “Cookie” Claus, Clara Claus, and the elves – Twinkle, Sprinkle, and Sparkle, Eleanor’s very merry Christmas wish is for a best friend and home of her own. Realizing that wishing is not enough, she writes a letter to Santa expressing her dream. The letter opens the door to answering many questions and to the journey which leads to her wish (and others) coming true. Streaming is available on demand now through December 27. Tickets are $20
Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit holiday tradition in this ground-breaking Video on Demand debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special; don’t miss this celebration! Streaming begins on Saturday, December 19 through December 29. Tickets are $24.99.
Mayo Performing Arts Center will present Celtic Thunder Christmas on Monday, December 21, at 7:30 PM. This is an online celebration for the whole family that features the tremendous voices of Celtic Thunder in a mix of international and Celtic holiday classics. Tickets are $35.
Paper Mill Playhouse will present Sing in a New Year as part of their Subscriber Only series streaming from December 19 through January 1. Popular Paper Mill performers will sing a selection of seasonal favorites. The show will be produced on stage and delivered virtual. A subscription will also include Some Enchanted Evening in February and Pete ‘N’ Keely and Beehive: The ‘60s Musical with dates to still be announced. A subscription is $275.
Paper Mill Playhouse will stream this holiday classic now through January 3. Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays plays over 50 roles in this production. This show was staged exclusively for this production and filmed live. Tickets are $50 and provide 24-hour access.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will perform festive favorites and holiday traditions from their homes in new videos premiered each day through December 18. Each day you can expect new performances, family recipes, holiday memories and more. The series began on December 9 and past videos can be viewed as well. All videos are free to watch.
On Friday, December 18 at 8:00 PM, SOPAC will present New York City Gay Men’s Chorus’ Sweet Is the Sound: A Holiday at Home With (Chosen) Family. NYCGMC, Youth Pride Chorus, and Tonewall are celebrating the holidays. Though they can’t gather together in person, they still came together to present this holiday performance. Tickets are $19 for a single viewer and $35 for multiple viewers in the same household.
A Very Gaelic Storm Christmas: Christmas Songs & Christmas Cheer will be available online on Thursday, December 17, at 8:00 PM via SOPAC. This genre-bending Irish Rock band will perform classic Christmas songs as well as some favorite Gaelic Storm songs. Tickets are $22.
On Friday, December 18, at 8:00 PM, SOPAC will present We Banjo 3: A Winter Wonderful in a livestream performance. This family “Celt-grass” band performs traditional Irish music, Celtic Bluegrass and Americana. includes guests such as Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Skerryvore, The Whileaways, BackWest and Ajeet. Tickets are $20.
Cherish the Ladies annual American Christmas show has been brought online for a special holiday event. Their Celtic Christmas program includes holiday classics arranged for their unique Celtic sound. The performance features a 12-piece ensemble of musicians, singers, and dancers. Tickets are $20 through SOPAC.
SOPAC will feature this livestreamed performance on Wednesday, December 23 at 9:00 PM. The performance will feature songs from their 2014 Talkin’ Christmas! Album as well as other gospel classics and more from their career, which spans more than 70 years. SOPAC will present this show livestreamed from The NuttHouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL. Tickets are $18 to $25.
This virtual collaboration of Broadway artists is a musical look at the North Pole and Santa’s workshop. Head Elf, Chestnut, convinces everyone in the North Pole to begin working virtually, with Santa supervising remotely! It’s a holiday show for this most unusual holiday season. View the 40-minute show free throughout December on The Nice List’s website.