Let the holiday celebrations begin! We’ve rounded up some seasonal fun for you and your family.
Home for the Holidays
American Music Theatre
2425 Lincoln Hwy East, Lancaster
Dates: Nov. 1-Dec. 30, closed on Mondays and holidays. See website for show times.
Tickets: adults $42, children $21
A live, family-friendly musical experience featuring beloved sacred and secular holiday songs, great singing and dancing, and the AMT Orchestra.
The Miracle of Christmas
Sight and Sound Theatre
300 Hartman Bridge Road, Strasburg
Dates: Nov. 3-Dec. 30, closed Sundays and Mondays
You’ll be surrounded by the village of Bethlehem as camels, horses, donkeys and villagers pass by before legions of angels descend. Arrive early to enjoy on-site Christmas festivities and seasonal treats.
Elf the Broadway Musical
Pullo Family Performing Arts Center
1031 Edgecomb Ave., York
Dates: Nov. 6 & 7, 7:30 p.m.
Based on the hit holiday movie, with songs that are sure to make it a modern-day Christmas classic.
A Christmas Story, the Musical
12 N. Prince St., Lancaster
Nov. 14-Dec. 30, closed Mondays and holidays; see website for times and exact dates.
Bundled with favorite film moments, fans will rejoice as they relive the triple-dog-dare flag pole incident, the worst Christmas present ever (pink bunny pajamas) and more.
Lancaster Marionette Theatre
126 North Water Street, Lancaster
Dates: Nov. 24-25; Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23; all shows start at 11 a.m.
The classic tale of Cinderella presented in a holiday setting by Robert Brock, Artistic Director, with marionettes he created. Not recommended for children under age 2.
Family Theater at The Fulton presents The Nutcracker
12 N Prince St, Lancaster
Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 11 a.m.
Follow the journey of the heroic Nutcracker as he tries to reclaim the magic crown from the Evil Mouse King. A musical adaptation of the classic holiday story by E.T.A. Hoffmann.
Lightwire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas
The Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center
60 W. Cottage Ave., Millersville
Date Nov. 28, 7 p.m.
Costs: $10 per adult, $5 per student
“America’s Got Talent” semi-finalists, they offer up glow-in-the-dark visuals and a unique menagerie of characters that magically appear out of the darkness in this magic tale of family, friendship and hope for a great holiday experience.
A Christmas Carol
Open Stage of Harrisburg
25 N. Court St., Harrisburg
Dates: Dec. 1-Dec. 23, call or see website for schedule.
A re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story follows Scrooge and his journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Playhouse at Allenberry Resort
1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs
Dates: Dec. 1-17; see website or call for days and show times
Tickets: $28 & $28
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world, so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics, and laughter and joy ensue.
A Popcorn Hat Christmas Carol
Popcorn Hat Children’s Theatre
15 N. Fourth St., Harrisburg
Dates: Saturdays at 1 p.m., Dec. 2-16
Charles Dickens’ timeless tale gets the Popcorn Hat treatment. Join all the characters you know (and some you don’t) as Ebenezer Scrooge journeys through an extraordinary Christmas Eve.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
550 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey
Dates: Dec. 15, 3:30 & 8 p.m.
Tickets: $47.35, $57.35, $67.35 & $77.35
The rock band’s concerts feature giant video screens, an amazing pyrotechnics display and huge laser show.
A Time for Christmas
Christian Life Assembly
2645 Lisburn Road, Camp Hill
Dates: Dec. 2-10, see website for show times
Tickets: $15 adults; $10 children (ages 5-18)
(Due to length of show, children under age 5 will not be permitted in auditorium. Child care is provided during some performances.)
Through beautiful music and dance, sets and costumes, flying angels, live animals, and other Christmas surprises, audiences will experience the wonder of Christmas.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical
15 E Caracas Ave, Hershey
Date: Dec. 6-7, 7 p.m.
All of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph!
Yours Truly Jack Frost
Theatre Harrisburg at Krevsky Center
513 Hurlock St, Harrisburg
Date: Dec. 15, 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 and 17, 2 p.m.
A special holiday offering for young performers to showcase their talent. Program that includes presentation of Yours Truly Jack Frost, along with a holiday sing along and treats!
NUTCRACKER BALLET PERFORMANCES
Moscow Ballet’s 25th Anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker
Pullo Family Performing Arts Center
1031 Edgecomb Ave, York,
Date: Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $28-$68 (“gold circle” and “platinum” seating is $102 and $175 and includes additional perks)
The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Featuring larger-than-life magical props, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets.
Pennsylvania Regional Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker
Scottish Rite Theatre
2701 N. Third Street, Harrisburg
Dates: Dec. 2, 1 & 5 p.m.; Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $30 adults, $15 students, $10 children ages 3-6
Featuring live accompaniment by The Pennsylvania Regional Ballet Orchestra.
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Performances at the Sunoco Performance Theatre, Harrisburg: Dec. 9, 1 & 5 p.m.; Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
Performances at the Hershey Theatre, Hershey: Dec. 16, 1 & 5 p.m.; Dec. 17, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $33, $44 and $52 (processing fees apply)
Dazzling costumes, charming sets and accomplished dancers are featured in the CPYB’s signature production. Set to the magical music of Tchaikovsky.
Midstate Ballet Presents the Nutcracker
Strand Theater, The Appell Center for the Performing Arts
50 N. George St., York
Dates: Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $18 for adults, $12 for children.
Since 1999, Greater York Dance has produced this York County favorite.
The Chambersburg Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
The Capitol Theater
159 South Main St., Chambersburg
Date: Dec. 16-17, 3 p.m.
Tickets: adults, $16, students 6-17, $14, children 3-5, $8, plus a $3 service fee.
Featuring a cast of more than 40 local dancers.
Donetsk Ballet Company of Ukraine’s 25th Annual Nutcracker Ballet 2017
Lancaster Mennonite High Performing Arts Center
2176 Lincoln Hwy. East, Lancaster
Dates: Dec. 1, 9:45 a.m.; Dec. 2, 1 & 6 p.m.; Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m.
Featuring 20 principal dancers and corps de ballet of the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine as well as 90 local dancers, with hundreds of exquisite costumes from Ukraine and America.