Here’s a surefire way to shuck off holiday stress and divert your kids’ attention from presents (if only for a couple of hours): Enjoy a holiday show together. Splurge to see the last season of the Stowell and Sendak Nutcracker at Pacific Northwest Ballet, or see something different, such as a rollicking British panto, a sing-along film viewing or a show about the science of Santa. There’s something for everyone in this wide-ranging list of more than 70 holiday shows.
Note: This list is organized by region, then by the performances’ start dates. Some shows appear at different venues in different regions; they’re listed under the region where they occur first. If you see no age recommendation, you can assume the show is appropriate for all ages, but you should make your own decision based on your kids’ attention spans, show length and time, and other factors. If you’re on a budget, look for the CHEAP label, which indicates shows that cost $15 or less a ticket.