As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us once again, it is easy to get pulled into the tide of commercialized preparations and traditions. A sure way to remove some of the stress that has become associated with the season is to enjoy some Christmas theater on Cape Cod.
All through out the Cape and the Island are festive shows at the local theaters and playhouses that will give you respite from your expanding to-do list and get you back in the true spirit of the season.
Christmas Theater on Cape Cod:
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever– playing weekends through December 30th, at the Harwich Junior Theatre is based off the much-loved novel by Barbara Robinson. The heartwarming story about six misfit children who end up teaching the town the true meaning of Christmas.
This heartwarming play is great for all audiences, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. A great way to experience Christmas theater on Cape Cod and support the local talent.
Matilda – The Musical plays now through December 17th, at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. This performance spins the tale of Roald Dahl’s award-winning book about a little girl with astonishing intelligence and psychokinetic powers.
Performed on the main stage, there is plenty of room for high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs. Both children and adults will be delighted by this special little girl with an extraordinary wit and imagination.
Dickens of a Christmas – A Christmas Carol in Harwich – the scenes of this Dicken’s classic will come to life along Main Street in Harwich from 12-6pm on Saturday December 2nd. Come join in the fun, strolling from Pilgrim Masonic Lodge to Brooks Park. After your stroll into interactive Christmas theater on Cape Codyou can find some tasty treats from the food trucks and vendors that will be at Brooks Park.
After enjoying Dickens you can enjoy the Holiday Open Market or the Harwich Garden Club Holiday House. This new event is sure to become a beloved tradition of Harwich.
Martha’s Vineyard Christmas Shows
A Polar Express – Interactive Showing –Reserve your free tickets for the December 3rd special showing of this holiday classic! The MV Film Society in collaboration with the Vineyard Haven Library will present this fun holiday event for all ages. So wear your coziest pajamas and make this a new tradition for your family, as you embark on a magical journey to the North Pole.
Miracle on 34th Street – this 1947 Christmas movie classic, starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, will be shown at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse on December 11th at 6pm. There is a $5 admission fee. Another Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, starring with James Stewart, Donna Reed, Frank Capra will be shown the following week on December 18th. The Playhouse brings the Christmas Spirit to the big screen every year, maintaining the same low ticket price so the shows can be enjoyed by all generations.
Nantucket Christmas Theater
Winter Street -will play at the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket through December 3rd. This production is a new adaptation of Elin Hilderbrand’s novel, Winter Street. The beloved Nantucket novelist introduces us to the Quinn Family and follows them through the holidays with a couple of festive weddings and of course kept exciting with births, deaths and love – new love, old love, passionate love, but most importantly love! This new Hilderbrand adaptation of the Quinns is sure to become a Nantucket holiday favorite.
Madeline’s Christmas -this Christmas classic will have multiple showings at Dreamland, Nantucket’s Film and Cultural Center through December 7th- 17th. This delightful children’s tale of the resilient Madeline in Paris will get the whole family into the holiday spirit. Weaving a tale through devastating sickness and magic carpets, Madeline will help you count your blessings and set the mood for a magical holiday season.
Christmas Theater in Plymouth
It’s A Wonderful Life- A live radio play – playing December 9-17th at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, is back by popular demand . This beloved Christmas classic is brought to life as a 1940’s radio broadcast with 10 actors bringing dozens of characters to life. With 9 different performances times throughout the week, you are sure to find one that fits your schedule.
A Christmas Carol – actor Neil McGarry returns home to Plymouth for this solo performance of Dicken’s classic on December 17th at 3pm in Plymouth’s Spire Theater. Neil has wooed audience all over the US and Europe. Sure to become a beloved tradition in your family as well.
Who’s Holiday – a one-night show at Theater at Plymouth’s Memorial Hall on December 17th. This wildly funny adults-only comedy tells the story of Cindy Lou Who and the Christmas Eve when she met the Grinch. Celebrate the holidays with Cindy Lou Who now all grown up.
This performance is hosted by Improper Bostonian.
Start your Holiday Theater Tradition this Year
With the numerous Christmas Theater on Cape Cod options to choose from you are sure to find the show that is perfect for your family and begin your own family tradition of supporting the local arts. Give yourself the gift of a Christmas Theater on Cape Cod this season and you will not be disappointed.