Six Family Friendly Holiday Performances in Indianapolis

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Photo by Zach Rosing, IRT A Christmas Carol

We are so fortunate that the lights are still on and shining ever so brightly once again on many Indianapolis stages this holiday season. Whether you are looking to create new memories with the family or come back to traditions you once did together, here are six family friendly holiday performances in Indianapolis that you don’t want to miss!

1. A Christmas Carol – Beef & Boards Music Theater, Indianapolis

A Christmas Carol treats guests to a holiday classic performance. This musical adaptation lets you experience the transformation of the miserly Scrooge into someone who understands the true meaning of kindness and love, accomplished with the help of three spirits from the past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol runs from December 2nd until December 20th. Please note that children under 3 are not admitted to this show – not all shows may be suitable for all ages.

2. The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Sweets – Indianapolis Ballet, Murat Theatre + Newfields

An Indianapolis holiday season tradition continues with the Tchaikovsky masterpiece. The Nutcracker, will be performed by the Indianapolis Ballet at Murat Theatre on December 16th through the 18th. The Nutcracker Sweets is a shorter version (1 hour in length) and will be performed at The Toby at Newfields December 9th through the 11th. Indianapolis Ballet is thrilled to bring our audiences joy, laughter, and love through magical storytelling and dancing.

3. A Christmas Story, The Musical – Civic Theatre, Carmel

The popular Broadway play is coming to the Civic Theatre December 2nd through the 24th! Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, A Christmas Story, The Musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.

4. It’s a Wonderful Life – Beef & Boards Music Theater, Indianapolis

Another holiday classic is coming to Beef & Boards from November 25th through December 23rd. It’s a Wonderful Life is centered around George Bailey. He has been looking out for everyone but himself, and a turn of bad luck nearly does him in. With some help from his guardian angel, George discovers that no one is a failure who has friends. Please note that children under 3 are not admitted to this show – not all shows may be suitable for all ages.

5. A Christmas Carol, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis

A holiday tradition returns! A Christmas Carol, playing from November 19th through December 24th, shines a light on kindness and love as the IRT brings it back to the stage this season. Tickets start at $25 and please note that children under the age of 4 are not permitted into the theatre, which is IRT’s policy.

6. AES Yuletide Celebration, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is back with the return of AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration to the stage this season! Enjoy your favorite holiday music brought to life with Broadway-style showstoppers, the famous tap-dancing Santas, and so much more. The show runs from December 2nd through the 23rd.

Share with us! What are some of your favorite family friendly holiday performances in Indianapolis?