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5 live holiday shows for kids and families in Milwaukee

Enjoy live holiday entertainment for the whole family this holiday season around Milwaukee. Here are some kid-friendly shows:

The Nutcracker

Various showtimes throughout December

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (929 N.Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202)

(414) 273-7121

(Photo: Mark Frohna,

Holiday Pajama Jamboree (Free!)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (929 N.Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202)

(414) 365-8861

Each winter, Festival City Symphony offers this free classical “pops” concerts, one hour in length and geared towards children and their families. Each concert has narration and music selections that are lively, tell a story, and/or demonstrate the colors of the orchestra. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas, and teddy bears and blankets are welcome! Snuggle up in a spot on the floor directly in front of the orchestra. There are frequently dancers, costumed actors, children’s performing groups, and sometimes audience members even get to conduct.

A Christmas Carol

Milwaukee Repertory Theater (108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53202)

A Milwaukee holiday tradition for over four decades, this show is a classic tale of love and redemption, mixed with lively music, dancing, and special effects. It’s about two hours long including intermission, and it perfect for kids ages six and up.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Riverside Theater on Saturday, December 8th


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Presented by First Stage

November 23 – December 26


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