14 Terrific Theater And Dance Shows On Philly Stages This December

There's tons of shows to see in Philly this holiday season...

The weather outside is frightful, but the performances in Philadelphia this month are so delightful.

From timeless classics to inventive re-imaginings, you’ll find holiday shows for every Santa and Elf, and a host of non-festive productions to please even the most hard-hearted Scrooge.

Here are our picks for what to see on Philly stages in December.

Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of OzPhoto courtesy Walnut Street Theatre

The holiday shows at the Walnut Street Theatre are a winter tradition for many Philadelphians, and it’s easy to see why with this musical adaptation of the timeless film.

Wizard of Oz

When:Through January 9
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$20-$95

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

Jib: Or The Child Who Went Forth To Learn What Fear Was

Jib(Photo courtesy The Windmill Factory)

Rock music and theater converge this month at the Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City with the premiere of Jib: Or The Child Who Went Forth To Learn What Fear Was. The story follows a group of strangers as they unknowingly compose the same piece of music with the help of ghosts that move between the strangers.

Jib: Or The Child Who Went Forth To Learn What Fear Was

When:Through December 17
Where:Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
Cost:$25 for general admission, $15 for students

www.neighborhood-house.com

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

A contemporary version of a Dylan Thomas’s poetic holiday classic comes to Walnut Street Theatre in a celebratory production of puppets, music, and joy.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

When:Through December 23
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$35-$40

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

Antagonyms

West Philly’s Curio Theatre Company showcases a world premiere production about Millennial anxieties and the search for identity.

Antagonyms

When:Through December 17
Where:Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:$15-$25

www.curiotheatre.org

The Carols

Philadelphia’s all-comedy theater company,1812 Productions transports Dickens’s festive classic to the 1940s for an unconventionally Yiddish Christmas Carol.

The Carols

When:Through December 31
Where:Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place
Cost:$28-$42

www.playsandplayers.org

It’s a Wonderful Life

Situated in the charming suburban town of Ambler, Act II Playhouse brings wonder to the festive period with this humorous one-man version of the holiday favorite.

It’s a Wonderful Life

When:December 6-24
Where:56 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler
Cost:$28-$41

www.act2.org

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

The NutcrackerPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

A Philadelphia holiday tradition of 48 years returns to the Academy of Music this month. The Pennsylvania Ballet's brings sugar plum fairies and sword-fighting mice to the stage at the Academy of Music.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

When:December 9-31
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35-$150

www.paballet.org

Tapcracker: The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble Holiday Concert

A Nutcracker with rhythm, The Lady Hoofers perform a new all-tap adaption to live jazz music.

Tapcracker: The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble Holiday Concert

When:December 9-10
Where:1515 Brandywine Street
Cost:$18-$25

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Great Russian Nutcracker

University City hosts an authentic Russian holiday spectacular, complete with 60-foot growing Christmas Tree, as the Moscow Ballet visits the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Great Russian Nutcracker

When:December 12-13
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$28-$68

www.annenbergcenter.org

A Play, A Pie, and A Pint: Bortle 8

Enjoy your choice of drink, a British holiday delicacy, and a creatively funny exploration of darkness in Tiny Dynamite's version of this English pub-theater tradition.

A Play, A Pie, and A Pint: Bortle 8

When:December 14-18
Where:302 S. Hicks Street
Cost:$15

www.tinydynamite.org

Annual Holiday Burlesque

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Add a little spice to your eggnog with an adult-only evening of holiday-themed songs and performances from Tribe of Fools.

Annual Holiday Burlesque

When:Saturday, December 17
Where:2040 Christian Street
Cost:$15-$50

www.tribeoffools.org

Black Kid Joy

Over forty local performers join John Graves Productions in a new holiday musical about a boy’s journey through time.

Black Kid Joy

When:December 17-18
Where:Philadelphia Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35-$100

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Mamma Mia

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Hey dancing queens! Take a chance on a hit Broadway musical as Merriam Theater thrills to the music of ABBA.

Mamma Mia

When:December 27-31
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$40-$102

www.kimmelcenter.org

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