Sure watching holiday classics on TV is a fun way to celebrate the season, but it is nothing compared to the wonder of seeing it come to life on stage. Here are five memorable performances to catch on Long Island before the season ends. We also included a bonus show on the North Fork to check out, too.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. See the beloved tale live at NYCB Theatre on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Stay after the show to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
NYCB Theatre at Westbury; 71 E Main Street, Westbury; 631-207-1313; thetheatreatwestbury.com
A Christmas Story the Musical
Earn the leg lamp award from your family by taking them to see this fun classic with a musical twist. Watch on as Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. There are multiple show dates from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6.
BroadHollow Theatre Company; 265 East Main St., East Islip; 631-581-2700; broadhollow.org
Elf the Musical
Based on the beloved movie, Elf the Musical tells the story of Buddy the Elf’s adventure into New York City to find his father during the holidays. Performances of this modern day Christmas classic run through Dec. 30 at the Engeman Theater in Northport.
Engeman Theater; 250 Main Street, Northport; 631-261-2900; engemantheater.com
Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker
The Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker has become a perennial holiday favorite on Long Island. This year’s staging is scheduled for six performances from Dec. 20 through Dec. 23 at Staller Center for the Arts.
Staller Center for Performing Arts at Stony Brook University; 631-632-2787; stallercenter.com
Barnaby Saves Christmas
See Barnaby and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas. They meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah and the holiday season. Performances run through Dec. 29 at Theatre Three in Port Jeff.
Theatre Three; 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson; 631-928-9100; theatrethree.com
It’s a Wonderful Life
See this holiday heart-warmer performed live in the style of an old-fashion radio play at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on Sunday, Dec. 16. Price fixe and a la carte menus are available for additional purchase.
The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main Street, Riverhead; 631-727-4343; suffolktheater.com