There’s no better time to hit the theatre for a live family friendly performance than the Christmas holidays! And there’s no shortage or classic fare on stage from the dazzling nutcracker ballet to the silliness of the panto.
What to do in Toronto: Holiday theatre for the family
November 6, 2018 to January 6, 2019
Jane and Michael’s father insists upon precision and order in their household. But when the children write their own advertisement for a nanny their dreams are answered with the practically-perfect Mary Poppins! The entire Banks Family learns a great deal about each other through Mary who has the uncanny ability to turn everything upside down and, miraculously, just right. The beloved musical arrives just in time for the holiday season. It’s a jolly holiday with Mary! Ages 5+
The National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker
December 8-30, 2018
It just wouldn’t be the holidays without the Nutcracker, and you can’t do better than the National Ballet of Canada! Children will be captivated by the sparkling set, the bejewelled costumes, the universal story and of course the graceful dancing. Be sure to arrive at the Opera House early and take in the pre-ballet story time – a perfect introduction to the Nutcracker for children. Ages 5 +
A Christmas Carol
December 7-24, 2018
Soulpepper’s beloved production of Michael Shamata’s A Christmas Carol has become a Toronto holiday tradition. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts who help him understand the importance of charity in the holiday season. Ages 8 +
Alex in Wonderland
Runs until January 13, 2019
Not holiday-specific but a great time to hit the theatre with the littles to see something that will really grab their attention. Alex escapes to Wonderland looking for adventure, attention and answers. What Alex finds is a frivolous world peopled with creatures of nonsense. Features the absurdity of Lewis Carroll’s classic complete with delightful costumes, exquisite shadow play and whimsical puppets of various styles.
The Wizard of Oz, a Twisted Family Musical
November 30- January 5, 2019
There’s no place like home… or to put a little twist on Dorothy’s iconic line… there’s no place like Toronto’s Elgin Theatre in December! Now in its 23rd year, Ross Petty Productions’ ‘totolly’ brand new version of The Wizard of Oz will have children and adults alike clicking their heels (more than 3 times) to pop songs, dances, jokes, ad libs and a generous helping of audience participation.