Six Family Friendly Holiday Performances in Indianapolis

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holiday performances in Indianapolis
Photo by Zach Rosing, IRT A Christmas Carol

The lights are back 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 Beef & Boards Christmas – Beef & Boards Music Theater, Indianapolis

A Beef & Boards Christmas,” treats guests to a performance filled with all of the holiday favorites. The show includes a beat boxing, rapping Santa Claus plus a Rudolph that actually flies onto the stage! It is a full musical production that also includes a full buffet dinner and dessert bar. A Beef & Boards Christmas is going on now and runs until December 23rd. 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 10-12. The Nutcracker Sweets is a shorter version (1 hour in length) at will be performed at The Toby at Newfields December 17- 19. Indianapolis Ballet is thrilled to bring our audiences joy, laughter, and love through magical storytelling and dancing.

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Civic Theatre, Carmel

Enjoy a classic animated Christmas movie come to life with this on stage adaptation. Tickets start at $24 and masks plus proof of vaccination are required. A Charlie Brown Christmas runs December 11 and 18th. 

4. Elf The Musical, Civic Theatre, Carmel

This hilarious and charming show is back again this season! Based off of the hit movie, enjoy the music and story of Buddy the Elf as he embarks on the journey back to NYC to find his birth father. This show runs until December 24th and tickets start at $58.

5. A Christmas Carol, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis

A holiday tradition returns! A Christmas Carol shines a light on kindness and love as the IRT brings it back to the stage this season. Tickets start at $26 with a streaming option available. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. Please note that children under the age of 4 are note 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 until December 23rd. 

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

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