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JerseyArts.com Holiday Event Guide
Happy Holidays



Let the magic of the arts bring your family together.
This holiday season, witness the wonder of a live performance and local art.

Check out our event guide below or search our full calendar for even more events near you.

For a more flexible way to share memories with a loved one, browse our Gift Guide for venues that offer
gift certificates and ticket packages.



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Central Events
Central Jersey
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South Jersey
North Jersey

Annie
Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn)
Nov 22 - Dec 31 | Event Details

Annie, the world’s best-loved family musical, returns to Paper Mill Playhouse just in time for the holidays.


Newsies
Centenary Stage Company (Hackettstown)
Nov 24 - Dec 10 | Event Details

The 2012 Tony Award-winning musical makes its way onto the Centenary Stage!


Cinderella
The Growing State (Netcong)
Nov 24 - Dec 17 | Event Details

The holidays have arrived, and with them the anticipated Royal Ball! A spunky and barefoot servant girl may just become the belle of the ball.


It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (Madison)
Nov 30 - Dec 31
| Event Details

This charming piece brings the famous story to life in a new way and fills the theatre with the inspiring spirit of the holidays.


It's a Wonderful Life
Pax Amicus Castle Theatre (Budd Lake)
Dec 1-17 | Event Details

Based on the classic film, this is the saga of the everyman whose guardian angel reminds that he has had, after all, a wonderful life.


New Jersey Ballet's The Nutcracker
  bergenPAC (Englewood)
Dec 2-3
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MPAC (Morristown)
Dec 8-24
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Nothing says "holiday magic" better than the classic Nutcracker. Audiences will be delighted when the theater lights go down and the magical toys come alive on stage.


Adelphi/JulieDance Nutcracker Ballet
Adelphia Orchestra (Paramus)
Dec 8-10 | Event Details

This production with the Donetsk Ballet (Ukraine), Adelphi Orchestra, and ballet students from Miss Patti’s School of Dance, benefits organizations supporting research, care, and treatment of pediatric cancer.


All Is Calm
Kean Stage (Union)
Dec 10 | Event Details

This beautiful story set on Christmas during World War I puts a human face on war, with music and text taken from letters, journals, and war documents.


The Hip Hop Nutcracker
NJPAC (Newark)
Dec 15 | Event Details

NJPAC’s very own holiday smash is back--an urban dance retelling of the timeless fairy tale, featuring rap legend Kurtis Blow as special guest MC.


Straight No Chaser
NJPAC (Newark)
Dec 20 | Event Details

Celebrate the holidays with a sparkling evening of hits and Yuletide favorites, delivered with polish and a sly sense of humor by this all-male a cappella sensation.


The Klezmatics – Happy Joyous Hanukkah
SOPAC (South Orange)
Dec 21 | Event Details

For Hanukkah, the foremost and best-loved Klezmer band offers a program from their Grammy Award-winning collaboration with Woody Guthrie’s recently discovered lyrics.





Central Jersey


The Importance of Being Earnest
Two River Theater (Red Bank)
Now - Dec 3 | Event Details

It's about to get Wilde. Propriety, society, family ties, love, and the perfection of cucumber sandwiches all hilariously combine in Oscar Wilde's great comedy of manners.


23rd Annual The Nutcracker
Roxey Ballet (Lambertville)
Nov 25 - Dec 3 | Event Details

Brilliant costumes and elaborate sets draw the audience into a heart-lifting. marvelous journey that ushers in the seasonal spirit.


A Christmas Story The Musical
Algonquin Arts (Manasquan)
Nov 25 - Dec 10 | Event Details

Based on the classic 1983 movie, this musical captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike!


An Act of God
George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick)
Nov 28 - Dec 3 | Event Details

God arrives in New Brunswick — and she looks a lot like Kathleen Turner! In this hilarious comedy, God answers many of the questions that plague mankind.


The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
The Theatre at Raritan Valley Comm. College (Branchburg)
Dec 2
| Event Details

An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays! Let the Reduced Shakespeare Company rekindle the joy, inner child, and familial dysfunction inside us all.


A Christmas Carol
McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton)
Dec 5-31 | Event Details

Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey and watch as the entire community—including 35 members from the greater Princeton area—bring this story to life!


The Nutcracker
Princeton Youth Ballet
Dec 9-10
| Event Details

The heartwarming holiday classic, featuring 75 exceptional young artists and set to the familiar swells of Tchaikovsky's iconic score, promises an afternoon of magical entertainment.


Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits & Holiday Favs
Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank)
Dec 13 | Event Details

Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and social activist who has sold more than 65 million records and continues to tour the world.


Chanukah and Christmas Sing-along
Westminster Community Orchestra (Princeton)
Dec 13
| Event Details

Come and celebrate the beginning of Chanukah and the Christmas holidays with some musical treats and holiday favorites!


American Repertory Ballet's The Nutcracker
State Theatre New Jersey
(New Brunswick)

Dec 15-17
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Axelrod PAC (Deal Park)
Dec 22-23
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ARB’s Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition since 1964. It's a perfect holiday treat for your entire family.


Monmouth Civic Chorus - Joy to the World
Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank)
Dec 17 | Event Details

The sounds of the season will deck the halls of the Count Basie Theatre when the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus performs Joy to the World.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
State Theatre NJ (New Brunswick)
Dec 18 | Event Details

Come see all of your favorite characters in this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.





South Jersey

The Ultimate Christmas Show
Cape May Stage (Cape May)
Now - Dec 30 | Event Details

This silly, slap-stick pastiche is the perfect way to usher in the holidays or stay in the spirit through New Year's Eve!


Louisa May Alcott's Christmas
East Lynne Theater Company (Cape May)
Nov 24 - Dec 9 | Event Details

Gayle Stahlhuth, who’s been performing one-person shows for over 35 years, brings to life thirty-plus characters in her memorized, unique storytelling style.


The Nutcracker
Levoy Theatre (Millville)
Nov 26 | Event Details

This first-rate traditional production never fails to enchant youngsters and grownups alike with splendid dancing, colorful costumes and scenery, eye-popping special effects, and a touch of holiday magic.


Atlantic City Ballet: It's a Shore Holiday
Circus Maximus Theater (Atlantic City)
Nov 26 | Event Details

Let the Atlantic City Ballet help you get into the holiday spirit! This "radio city-esque" revue features a blend of contemporary and classical dance all set to your most beloved holiday tunes.


The Nutcracker
The Road Company Theater Group (Williamstown)
Nov 30 - Dec 10 | Event Details

This wonderful piece of art in collaboration with the Williamstown's Ballet Company is sure to take you and yours on a magical journey!


The Four Seasons
Symphony in C (Camden)
Dec 2 | Event Details

It's the holiday season, and Symphony in C alumna violinist Robyn Bollinger is coming home! Robyn, a native of Haddonfield, has been called "a refreshing combination of superb violin playing and wonderful musicianship."


Christmas Candlelight House Tour
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (Cape May)
Dec 2-16 | Event Details

This self-guided walking tour, the main attraction of Cape May's holiday season, features locations decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians, and good old-fashioned cheer.


A Christmas Carol
Levoy Theatre (Millville)
Dec 8-17 | Event Details

The story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters comes to life in this lavish and thrilling musical written by Broadway and Disney legend Alan Menken.


Bay Atlantic Symphony: Holiday Cheer
Stockton PAC (Galloway)
Dec 10 | Event Details

Enjoy two carol sing-alongs — one with orchestra and the other gathered 'round Bay Atlantic's maestro at the piano. Baroque music fits the holidays like Stilton and Port.


Pre-Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
WheatonArts (Millville)
Dec 10 | Event Details

Enjoy hot latkes, doughnuts, music, crafts, and a dreidel competition -- fun for the entire family. All are welcome to this unique opportunity to experience a Jewish cultural tradition.


Atlantic City Ballet's The Nutcracker
Circus Maximus
(Atlantic City)

Dec 16-17 | 7 PM
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The Strand (Lakewood)
Dec 23
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The Nutcracker, one of ballet’s treasured classics, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve.







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