What to do in Toronto: Holiday theatre for the family

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

Soulpepper Theatre, Illustration: Paul Blow

Beauty and the Beast at Young People’s Theatre
November 6 to December 31, 2017
What is there to learn from this beloved musical – this tale as old as time? Sometimes, the hardest thing in the world is to be who you authentically are. And sometimes it takes someone else to bring that out in you. This is a story of hope. Despite appearances, the pretty Belle and the cursed Beast are not what everyone assumes them to be. But their true selves could be revealed – if they can find each other in time. Ages 5+


The National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker
December 9-30, 2017
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, 2017
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 +


Jillian Jiggs
November 25, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Not holiday-specific but a great time to hit the theatre with the littles to see something that will really grab their attention. This playful romp is spoken entirely in rhyme! Jillian Jiggs and her best friends shirk room-cleaning responsibilities to make colourful crafts, go on imaginative adventures, and put on a play. Based on the books by Phoebe Gilman. Ages 4-9


Sillylicious Christmas Carol

December 24-31, 2017

After 22 years, the Elves in Ross Petty’s holiday extravaganza factory are jumping for joy. Finally, they can begin creating audience delights for a Family Musical that’s actually about Christmas! And they’re really excited about the return of Dan Chameroy as Plumbum…an Elf icon! Eddie Glen, an honourary Elf, is back to star in his 15th production with AJ Bridel, an Elf-ette in training. Get ready for a show to delight children and adults alike with songs, dances, jokes, ad libs and a generous helping of audience participation.



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