We scoured the local stages to bring you everything kid-friendly on stage through December that isn’t the Nutcracker, because we already did that.
Heart of the Beast’s La Natividad is one of the most moving experiences you can have here at the holidays. In honor of the Mexican tradition of La Posada. It’s the outdoor procession of Mary and Joseph’s journey, down Lake Street, done in puppetry. December 11–21; $16–$22.
Stage Theatre Company’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical brings the 1964 animated television special to life at Hopkins Center for the Arts through January 3. Tickets cost $5–25.
The Ordway is currently doing A Christmas Story, the Musical until December 28. We’re pretty sure you won’t shoot your eye out by attending. Tickets are $33–$110.
Children’s Theater Company’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas includes a flying Grinch, among other spectacle, through January 4, with tickets ranging from $25-70. ICYMI: Here’s 4-year-old Chloe’s rave review.
Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas-themed opera Amahl and the Night Visitors plays Orchestra Hall on Thursday, December 4 or Friday, December 5 at 10 a.m. The $5 performances (!!!) are part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert series, and you can hop online to reserve your seat.
Motown the Musical is the true American story of Barry Gordy and the music and artists he gave us (and the barriers he broke through.) It’s at the Orpheum Theatre from December 16–28. Tickets are $49–$134.
The Sounds of Blackness production of The Night Before Christmas—A Musical Fantasy, is in its 36th performance. Kids love it. The singers and the bad are terrific. At the Guthrie this year. ONE NIGHT ONLY: December 22, 7:30 p.m; $20–$40.
We weep with nostalgic joy for the sorry little Christmas tree in the Old Log Theatre’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Tickets are $14–$16; it runs until December 31.
Our Cities can never escape from an annual Disney on Ice production, at the Xcel Energy Center. December 11–14; tickets are $19–$72.
Of course we love the Guthrie Theater’s annual production A Christmas Carol. ($17–$110, until December 28. This year is its 40th!) But our kids fall asleep before Scrooge even gets to the past. For something different: A Klingon Christmas Carol at Phoenix Theater. Tickets are reasonable $15–$18. You do not have to know Klingon—there are subtitles.
And at Bryant Lake Bowl, the annual screening of the 1970s Star Wars Holiday Special that George Lucas wishes would burn in hell. Starring Bea Arthur. Not Kidding. Wednesday, December 10, and it’s free with a toy donation.