What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to witness the magic of a holiday play? From classic performances to a new-age rock spin on your favorite Christmas song, here are four must-see performances in December.
This holiday season, locals and visitors alike can head to the Academy of Music to catch George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s score is brought to life through the magnificent Pennsylvania Ballet, taking audiences on a journey to the Land of Sweets. For nearly 50 years, the ballet has performed George Balanchine’s timeless choreography among dazzling set design. The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999
Walnut Street Theatre’s production of A Child’s Christmas in Wales is based on the off-Broadway adaptation by the Irish Repertory Theater based in New York. The show, brought to life from poet Dylan Thomas’ iconic book, explores themes of youth and family in a tight-knit Welsh community during Christmastime. The Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215-574-3550
Philadelphia’s beloved stand-alone orchestra is kicking off the holiday season with a series of performances of traditional holiday. With a cast featuring more than 300 artists—several being award-winning musicians—the show will be a delight for the whole family. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999
Celebrate the coming of the new year by experiencing Vienna’s golden age. Watch along as talented dancers from the Hungarian National Ballet and International Champion Ballroom perform a heartfelt play featuring romance, humor, and adventure. Visit the Kimmel Center and get wowed by the glittering costumes and a performance of the Viennese bourgeoisie. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999