It's the perfect time of year to start a new family tradition. Introduce your children to live theatre, dance, or a musical and enjoy the magic of the season.
JUST FOR KIDS
PB&J: Holiday Sing Along • Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC)
Friday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.
Children ages 3 to 8 can come in their pajamas and join Jeremy Shrader and friends in singing Christmas carols and Hanukkah tunes. After the sing-along, enjoy crafts and treats in the lobby.
$8/child with two adults • 751-7500
IRIS Orchestra Family Concert • Bert Ferguson Community Center
Saturday, December 5, 1-2:15 p.m.
Come listen to a kid-friendly concert, take part in the instrument petting zoo, and chat with the musicians.
Free · 751-7669
Missoula Children's Theatre in Aladdin • Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center (BPACC)
Saturday, December 5, 2:30 & 7 p.m.
This children’s theater takes you on a magic carpet ride through a clever adaptation of this Disney classic.
$10 · 385-6440
A Lifetime of Christmas • The Kroc Center
December 11-20. Sensory Family-friendly Performance on Sunday, December 13, 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate the season with holly, sleigh rides, and a trip on the Polar Express. From the Bing Crosby era to modern holiday hits, families can enjoy a night of music, dance, and entertainment. Sugarplums, tap-dancing penguins, and a snowman will also be there to bring holiday cheer.
Pay What You Can · 729-8029
Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Join in for this festive concert that features new and familiar holiday songs, always with a sing-along!
$14/adult, $12/child · 751-7500
December 15 & 16, 7 p.m.
Everyone has special gifts to give during the holiday season, and this Christmas performance is the Madonna Learning Center students’ gift to the community for their ongoing support.
$5 · 751-7500
Family Tunes & Tales • Central, Bartlett, Cordova, Collierville, & Germantown Libraries
Saturday, December 19, 11 a.m.
Children ages 3 to 8 join the musicians of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as they present a story set to music.
Free · 537-2500
A Christmas Carol • Theatre Memphis
December 4-23. Times vary by date. Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. Matinees Sunday at 3 p.m.
Theatre Memphis’ 38th annual production of Dickens’ classic returns to entertain families of all ages.
$30/adult, $15/ages 11 & under · 682-8323
A Christmas Story • Harrell Performing Arts Theatre
December 5-13. Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m. Matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Children ages 7 and up will enjoy this musical that follows 9-year-old Ralphie’s quest for a unique Christmas gift.
$20/adult, $15/child · 457-2780
Disney's NEWSIES • The Orpheum Theatre
December 8-13, Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m. Sunday, 1 & 6:30 p.m.
This new Broadway musical brings to life the story of a band of underdog newspaper boys who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful publisher in New York.
$25-$125 • 525-3000
Miracle on 34th Street • DeSoto Family Theatre at the Theatre Landers Center
December 4-20, Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Check days and times.
Children ages 5 and up will enjoy this Christmas classic. When a man named Kris Kringle steps in for a misbehaving Santa at Macy's department store, it takes much more to prove Kringle's true identity.
$22/adult, $18/child. Premium tickets: $30 • (662) 470-2131
Miracle on 34th Street: Live Radio Play • Germantown Community Theatre
December 4-20. Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Come enjoy this 1940’s style radio play presented live on the GCT stage, complete with sound effects and Hollywood starlets.
$24/adult, $12/ages 12 and under • 453-7447
All's Well That Ends Well • Dixon Gallery and Gardens
December 10-20. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company presents this seasonal fairy tale of faith, forgiveness, and love at Dixon’s Winegardner Auditorium. Children 17 and under admitted free every Thursday when accompanied by an adult. Limit 4 children per adult.
Ballet Memphis presents Nutcracker • The Orpheum
December 4-6, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m.
Ballet Memphis joins Memphis Symphony Orchestra in presenting this holiday tradition. Show features over 100 professional dancers and musicians performing along with area child dancers and vocalists.
$7-$72, group discounts available • 737-7322
Roudnev Youth Ballet presents Nutcracker • Buckman Arts Center
December 12, 6 p.m. & December 13, 2 p.m.
The dancers of Roudnev Youth ballet present a traditional interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.
$20-$35 • 537-1483
29th Annual Student Works & Dances • Southwest Tennessee Community College Theatre
Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m.
This Dance Scholars Inc. showcase features students dancing classical ballet, modern, and jazz idioms. Guest musicians include Lisa Goble & The Gloominati Group: Buzz McIntyre, Rob Hayes, & Joe McCleary.
$12/adult, $10/child. Advance & group discounts available. • 301-3262
Sunday, December 20, 2:30 p.m.
Artistic director Mary Van Dyke presents this condensed, family-friendly version of the beloved ballet.
$35/person • 921-0388