Best Holiday Performances for Kids and Families to See in Pittsburgh

December 28, 2023

Step into the enchanting world of holiday performances in Pittsburgh, where cherished traditions and timeless memories come to life for Pittsburgh kids (and parents alike). As a child who grew up in the South Hills, I vividly recall the excitement of donning a fancy dress, stockings, and special holiday shoes for the annual pilgrimage to Downtown Pittsburgh. The journey was no small feat, but the destination—usually Heinz Hall or the Benedum—always promised a regal experience. While the dress code may have favorably evolved towards inclusivity, the magic for all ages within those theater doors remains unchanged. Whether you choose to embrace the glamour or opt for a more casual affair, attending a holiday performance with your family is an experience they won't forget. This season, consider the gift of enchantment as we guide you through the best holiday shows Pittsburgh has to offer. Join us on a festive journey filled with warmth, wonder, and the joyous spirit of the holidays with these family friendly performances happening in Pittsburgh.

Remember to check the respective websites for the most up-to-date information and any additional performances. Enjoy the holiday magic with these family-friendly shows in Pittsburgh!

The Nutcracker Ballet | Benedum Center

Embark on a magical journey with the timeless classic, "The Nutcracker," performed by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Be mesmerized by the dazzling choreography and enchanting set design at the historic Benedum Center. Performances run from December 8th to December 28th, with tickets starting at $29 (everyone must have a ticket, regardless of age). Sensory-friendly performance on December 17th.  Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season by securing your tickets at

While this timeless classic is usually on everyone's holiday bucket list, not everyone has kids that can sit through hours on end for the full performance. If you're looking for something a little more low-key, check out performances by some of these local dance schools and theaters:

Nutcracker 2023, presented by Pennsylvania Ballet Conservatory, will have 2 midday performances at Baldwin High School on December 16th and 17th at 1pm.

The Nutcracker Ballet, presented by Carnegie Performing Arts Center, will have 4 performances at Andrew Carnegie Music Hall on Saturday, December 9th at 7 pm, Sunday, December 10th at 2 pm, Saturday, December 16th at 7 pm, and Sunday, December 17th at 2 pm. Tickets are $18/child & $20/adult.

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, presented by Lincoln Park at Mainstage December 14th through 17th. Showings Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2pm. Tickets range from $18-$22.

West Point Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Moon Area High School December 2nd at 6 pm and December 3rd at 2 pm. Tickets are $22

A Musical Christmas Carol | Byham Theater

Join the Pittsburgh CLO for a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved tale, "A Christmas Carol," at the iconic Byham Theater. This heartwarming production features festive tunes and a talented cast. Catch the holiday spirit from December 13th to December 23rd, with ticket prices starting at $48. Experience the joy of the season by purchasing your tickets at

A Christmas Story: The Play | O'Reilly Theater

Embark on a journey down memory lane with "A Christmas Story: The Play" at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Relive the iconic tale of Ralphie Parker's holiday quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, as the classic film comes to life on stage. This performance is rated PG for an allusion to explicit language, brief and mild violence on stage, themes of bullying, and romantic innuendo. Suitable for most audiences with guidance urged for pre-teens. Performance dates December 7th - December 23rd with tickets starting at $35.

The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert | Heinz Hall

Join in the festive fun with "The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert" presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Immerse yourself in the heartwarming Dickensian tale as the beloved Muppets bring a unique and entertaining twist to this classic Christmas story. Don't miss this joyful concert event, featuring your favorite Muppet characters on December 9th with tickets starting at $70.

A Very Yinzer Christmas | Benedum Center

Celebrate the holidays with a touch of Pittsburgh flair at "A Very Yinzer Christmas" presented by 3WS radio. This locally infused performance captures the spirit of the Steel City during the festive season with performances by more than 25 local music icons. Secure your tickets for a yinzer-inspired celebration of the season on December 11th.. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Holiday Pops! | Heinz Hall

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents "Holiday Pops!," a festive concert filled with beloved holiday melodies. Gather the family and revel in the magic of the season at Heinz Hall. Performances take place from December 15th to December 23rd, with ticket prices starting at $25. Sensory-friendly concert will be performed on December 16th. Create lasting memories with your loved ones by securing your tickets at

A Lyrical Christmas Carol | Gargaro Theater

Elevate your holiday spirit with "A Lyrical Christmas Carol" presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This unique rendition of the classic Dickens tale combines the timeless story with the magic of live music, promising an enchanting experience for the whole family. The fusion of music and storytelling adds a new dimension to this cherished holiday tale. Secure your tickets for a lyrical journey through the spirit of Christmas from December 13th - 17th. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

A Magical Cirque Christmas | Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Experience the wonder and awe of the holiday season with "A Magical Cirque Christmas" at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This spellbinding performance brings together world-class cirque artists to create a magical celebration that will leave audiences of all ages breathless. "A Magical Cirque Christmas" is a two-night-only event that promises to be a highlight of your holiday celebrations. Find your tickets for this extraordinary experience at

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley | City Theatre Mainstage

Indulge in the holiday spirit with City Theatre Company's enchanting production of "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley," a festive sequel to Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice." Set in the elegant surroundings of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy's estate, this heartwarming play follows Mary Bennet, the often-overlooked sister, as she navigates love and family during the yuletide season. This production contain mild romantic situations and is recommended for ages 10+. Performances start November 25th and run through December 17th.

White Christmas | Little Lake Theatre 

Get lost in the timeless charm of "White Christmas" at Little Lake Theatre Company. This classic holiday musical, inspired by the beloved film, brings to life the heartwarming tale of two showbiz friends teaming up for a winter adventure filled with romance and joy. "White Christmas" at Little Lake Theatre Company is a festive treat for the whole family, with performances running from November 30th - December 16th. For more details and ticket information, visit


As the curtains close on our festive journey through the vibrant cultural scene of Pittsburgh, may the echoes of laughter, the sparkle of holiday lights, and the warmth of shared experiences linger in your hearts. From the enchanting grace of "The Nutcracker Ballet" to the spirited humor of "A Very Yinzer Christmas," Pittsburgh's holiday performances offer a diverse tapestry of joy and celebration. Whether you find yourself transported to the Dickensian streets of London or caught up in the whimsy of Muppet mayhem, these shows promise to create lasting memories for you and your loved ones. Embrace the magic, relish the traditions, and savor the enchantment of the season as you make these performances a cherished part of your holiday festivities. Wishing you and your family a season filled with warmth, wonder, and the timeless joy of the arts in Pittsburgh.

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