Our typical slate of Christmas plays and Nutcracker performances has gone digital for the 2020 holiday season. Please enjoy these shows in the cozy, comfort of your own home — and have no worries about poorly-timed potty runs or napping toddlers.
Keep in mind these performances are incredibly special and are never-before available in this format!
Thank you to A.C.T. San Francisco for sponsoring today’s guide to virtual holiday performances.
Virtual Holiday Performances Guide (Bay Area Performers) to enjoy at home
A Christmas Carol: On Air by A.C.T.
What: For the first time in its 44-year history, the Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition comes to life as A Christmas Carol: On Air, an enthralling radio play that the whole family can enjoy from the comfort of home. Masterfully directed and adapted by Peter J. Kuo—using the original Dickens text and adaptation by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff—this timeless story of optimism and redemption will feature the delightful music, deliciously spooky ghosts, and cast of characters that have made it a beloved Bay Area holiday classic. Buy tickets now >>
- Opening Night is Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 pm
- Dec. 23 at 6 pm is a special Family Fireside Night
- On-Demand Listening is available Dec. 5–Dec. 31, 2020
Price: Tickets for this special audio performance with activity book are $40 per family. Buy tickets now >>
- All tickets include an activity book with themed activities and games that families can do together. “Fred’s Party” tickets come with a printable version (included) and “Cratchit Family” tickets include a special commemorative edition mailed to your home for $20 (please allow at least 2 weeks for delivery)
- To make spirits even brighter, A.C.T. is partnering with Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream on a custom ice cream flavor inspired by A Christmas Carol that will be available at all four Bay Area locations during the month of December. Find one near you >
Online Nutcracker by SF Ballet
What: Watch the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker stream in HD, send downloadable holiday snaps to friends, and learn steps from the choreography at home.
When: Nov. 27 through Dec. 31. Buy tickets >
Price: $49 allows you to livestream the performance one time during this seasonal window.
Deck the Hall virtual celebration with The San Francisco Symphony
What: The San Francisco Symphony and special guests kick off the holiday season with a family-friendly program of festive favorites. Learn more or buy tickets to VIP experience >
When: Dec. 5, 3:30 pm | NBC Bay Area and Dec. 6, 11:30 am | Telemundo 48
HOLIDAY Play-On! by Bay Area Children’s Theatre
Right out of the box, you have everything you need to bring the magic of theatre into your home. The audio story of The Gingerbread Family is an original production by Bay Area Children’s Theatre and is accompanied by a whole kit of wonderful props, games, and recipes.
When: available now through Dec. 18, ships to your home in December.
Price: $40 for the whole play-on kit Buy now >>
Included extras: For no additional charges, you get the whole experience: purple reindeer plush toy, gingerbread cookie cutters, DIY gingerbread family kit, Snowshoes & Slippy Slime board game, grandma’s gingerbread people recipe, edible marshmallow slime recipe, Jingle map with stickers, flower field craft, the story of Mystery Mountain booklet, and a soundtrack to listen again and again.
The Velveteen Rabbit On-Demand by ODC/Dance
What: Magical stage show with festive costumes, madcap characters, and holiday cheer. In addition to the stage play, there are five “dance break” videos included. Appropriate for ages 4+.
Price: $35 for the show or $80 for The Velveteen Rabbit Party Pack. Other prices for school groups. Buy tickets >
When: Dec. 10 through Dec. 31, three weeks of unlimited on-demand viewing for your household.
Optional add-ons: For additional charges, you can get a rabbit plush toy, activity book, fairy wand, and recipe for Rabbit’s favorite cookies.
The Nutcracker Express Virtual Dance-along Nutcracker
What: Virtual Dance-along Nutcracker is part comedy musical, part dance-it-yourself ballet, and part symphonic concert. The Nutcracker Express features all of the holiday fun and tradition you’ve come to expect from Dance-Along Nutcracker, but this year from the comfort of your home on YouTube.
When: Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 pm or Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11 am. The show is approximately 75 minutes long and will not be posted afterwards – these two showings will be your only opportunities to watch.
Price: The YouTube Livestream is free, but please consider a donation in any amount. Reserve your spot >
The Nutcracker Stay-at-home Matinee by OBC
What: Oakland Ballet Company shares a special one-time performance of The Nutcracker on the screen so you can experience the magic from the comfort of your own home. Artistic Director Graham Lustig and OBC dancer Paunika Jones will be your guides on this holiday tradition.
When: Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 pm, one show only.
Price: Tickets for a family ticket are $40. Reserve your spot >
Virtual Holiday Performances Guide (National Productions) to enjoy at home
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical!
What: Former Glee star Matthew Morrison will lead this holiday musical special, a two-hour production of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical based on Seuss’s popular book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. More info >
When: Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 8 pm | NBC Bay Area
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
What: Recorded Live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a holiday mash-up with digital graffiti and contemporary dance.
When: Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 pm
Price: $20 per ticket allows you to watch Live Stream and on-demand for a limited time.
Thank you to A.C.T. San Francisco for sponsoring today’s guide to at-home holiday entertainment.