Trying to find a new Christmas show can be hard, especially when the same movies and shows are aired each year. As a parent you have probably seen most of the holiday classics like Rudolph, Santa Claus, and Frosty but sometimes as we both know kids love to watch them again and again and again. Thankfully there’s a more exciting way to celebrate the holidays, you can take the whole family to see a play or a live show.
Where Is Santa at PuppetWorld
Dec. 11-12, various times
Bring the kids ages 3-6 to Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theater and experience an American fairy tale based on the Santa stories of Frank Baum told with hand puppets at PuppetWorld in Dover. Meet Santa, elves and goblins and learn about puppet-making following the show. Shows are 10:30 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. To purchase tickets call 813-659-0659.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Dec.12 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Watch the beloved television classic soar off screen and onto the stage as our favorite red-nosed reindeer and friends come to life in Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall. Tickets are $20-$50. Call 813-222-1047 for more details.
Pinellas Youth Symphony: Holiday Concert
Dec. 13, 3 p.m.
Listen to the sounds of the holidays courtesy of the Symphonic Strings, Pinellas Youth Philharmonic, Serenade Strings, and Pinellas Youth Symphony at this musical celebration at The Palladium in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $10 adults and $2 children and students with ID. For inquires contact the box office at 727-822-3590.
Trans Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Dec. 13, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Experience the haunting sounds of this exciting group of performers as they bring their signature sound to the live stage to tell one of the group’s most beloved stories at Amalie Arena for two shows. Tickets start at $33. To purchase tickets call 813-301-2500.
Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas- The Symphony Tour
Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Lose yourself in the celestial voices of the multi-platinum Irish singing sensation as they bring their holiday tour to The Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $57.50-$99.50. To purchase tickets visit http://tickets.themahaffey.com/ or call 727-893-7832.
Santa’s Holiday Revue
Dec. 19, 11 a.m.
Sing, clap and tap along to this fast-paced rollicking musical that tours the world of festive dance, song and stories onstage at Largo Cultural Center. Tickets are $8.50 and $7.50 children with family 4-pack for $26 available. Contact 727-587-6793 or visit http://www.largo.com/ to purchase tickets.
Kidz Bop Holiday
Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m.
Pack up the kids for this popular artist’s return to Capitol Theatre in Clearwater for a holiday-themed show. Dance and sing in your seats. Tickets are $25, $35, and $50 and can be purchased at rutheckerdhall.com.
Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Surprise the kids with tickets to see some of the hottest young performers when they visit Tampa’s Amalie Arena to bring rocking season’s tiding courtsey of 93.3 FLZ. This year’s lineup includes 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, R. City, and more. Tickets start at $40. For each ticket sold, $1 is donated to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. To purchase tickets call 813-301-2500.
Next Generations Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Dec. 19-20, various times
Watch internationally renowned guest artists perform this holidays classic along with the award winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet and as a cast of nearly 175 dancers and gymnasts at Tampa’s Straz Center. Tickets are $30-$125 and are available online at strazcenter.org.
The Family Blessing 2015
Dec. 19-20, various times
Artz Life Academy returns to bring a unique holiday musical celebration from the producers of “The Chocolate Nutcracker” onstage at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $17-$37. Cal 813-451-4410 to make a reservation.
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Dec. 19-27, various times
Celebrate the holiday season with this heartwarming classic presented as a 1940s radio show with sound effects performed live at America Stage in St. Petersburg. For tickets and showtimes go to americanstage.org.
A Christmas Carol
Dec. 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Experience a cherished holiday tradition in this longest-running touring U.S. production of Dickens classic when it takes the stage for two shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas. Tickets start at $38.75 and are available rutheckerdhall.com
The Brave Tin Soldier with A.C.T. for Youth
Dec. 20, 2-3 p.m.
Watch a toy room come to life in this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” onstage at Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa. Tickets are $7 members and $8 non-members with family 4-packs available $28. Tickets are available online at carrollwoodcenter.org.
Dec. 20-21, various times
Spice up the holidays with holiday hits and beloved opera arias as well as new arrangements when the St. Petersburg Opera is joined by international soloists and the acclaimed St. Petersburg Opera Chorus onstage at The Palladium in St. Pete. Tickets are $22-$67 and available at 727-823-2040.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 26, various times
Savor the sweetest Christmas celebration of the season with the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppet and splendor of handcrafted sets and costumes when this holiday tradition returns to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $32-$190 online at themahaffey.com.