The holiday season just isn’t complete without a trip to the theater. New Jersey is home to some outstanding playhouses, many of which offer festive, holiday shows sure to delight the entire family. From classics like A Christmas Carol and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to original musical productions, there are plenty of great productions hitting NJ stages this winter.

With that in mind, we recommend taking in the sights and sounds of Christmas by snagging tickets to one of the following great holiday shows.

Annie

Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
holiday showsWhen: November 22-December 31 at various times
Price: $103-$137
Details: Everyone’s favorite orphan takes center stage this holiday season at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Join Annie and her loveable dog, Sandy, as they find a home and family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks. The perfect musical for the entire family, Annie features arguably some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage.
More info: Visit www.papermill.org or call 973-376-4343.


A Christmas Story

holiday shows
Where: Algonquin Arts Theater, Manasquan
When: November 25 – December 10 at various times
Price: $20-$37
Details: This is your chance to enjoy the musical version of everyone’s favorite holiday movie. Join young Ralphie as he does everything in his power to make sure Santa brings him a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Set in the 1940s, the musical brings all of the movie’s memorable moments to life, including the old man’s leg lamp, Santa’s slide and all of Ralphie’s elaborate daydreams. Kids of all ages will delight in this classic Christmas tale.
More info: Visit www.algonquinarts.com or call 732-528-9211.


A Christmas Carol

Where: McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
When: December 5 – 31 at various times
holiday showsPrice: $28-$69
Details: The McCarter Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol takes audiences on a magical journey as they follow Ebenezer Scrooge through Christmas past, present and future. This exciting annual production brings out the joy and spirit of the holiday season. Special events such as Wreath Workshops, Fezziwig Parties and a Meet and Greet with Scrooge take place before select performances, so be sure to check the calendar before purchasing tickets.
More info: Visit www.mccarter.org or call 609-258-2787.


A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show

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Where: Congress Hall, Cape May
When: November 25 – December 30 at various times
Price: $15-$59
Details: This year, Cape May Stage is presenting a unique adaptation of this holiday classic at the Harrison room in the historic Congress Hall Hotel. Due to a snow storm, the actors are unable to make it to a local radio station for the Christmas Eve performance of A Christmas Carol. The sound effects person takes the audience through the tale himself, by providing all of the characters’ voices and sound effects. Audience members are sure to enjoy this creative adaptation of Dickens’s classic story.
More info: Visit www.caperesorts.com or call 609-884-6542.


Home for the Holidays

holiday showsWhere: Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven
When: December 8 – 17 at various times
Price: $29-$39
Details: The recently reopened Surflight Theatre, located on Long Beach Island, is making its mark this year with an original holiday production. The musical tells the heartwarming story of families at Christmas through an original script and freshly arranged holiday music.
More info: Visit www.surflight.org or call 609-492-9477.


Twas the Night Before Christmas

Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
holiday showsWhen: December 16 at 10 am
Price: $12.75
Details: One of Paper Mill Playhouse’s children’s shows, Twas the Night Before Christmas tells the story of a hardworking newspaper writer who has been assigned the task of writing the best Santa Claus story ever. Watch as this non-believer is thrown into a night of magic that includes flying reindeer, sugar plum fairies and a visit from Santa himself.
More Info: Visit www.papermill.org or call 973-376-4343.


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer the Musical

holiday showsWhere: The State Theater, New Brunswick
When: December 18 at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Price: $35-$55
Details: The beloved TV classic about a misfit reindeer who saves Christmas hits the stage this holiday season. The show features all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster and, of course, Rudolph as they come to life in this fun holiday musical.
More Info: Visit www.stnj.org or call 732-246-7469.


The Sound of Music

holiday showsWhere: The State Theater, New Brunswick
When: December 22 – 24 at various times
Price: $35-$98
Details: This holiday season, enjoy a brand-new production of The Sound of Music. The beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp family warms the hearts of audience members with its award-winning score that includes classic songs like “My favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and “Do-Re-Mi.”
More Info: Visit www.stnj.org or call 732-246-7469.


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