'Tis the season for holiday cheer! There's nothing like the magic of this season for our kids. We've rounded up five amazing shows and events where you and your family can make holiday memories this year ... and maybe start a new tradition.
Plus, we have ways to save on every event and show we have listed, thanks to our partner site, CertifiKID. Are you familiar with CertifiKID? You might have seen the Shark Tank episode they appeared on. It's like Groupon, but for families, and is full of great deals ... something we appreciate year-round, but especially during the holiday season!
Here are our holiday picks for shows and events throughout the United States:
Christmas in Color
Get ready for an upbeat drive-through holiday adventure at Christmas in Color. Christmas in Color is happening through January 2 at nine locations in the United States.
This uplifting, musical experience takes the tradition of gazing at Christmas lights through the car window to a whole new level! With millions of lights perfectly synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes, larger-than-life Christmas trees, candy canes, and animated snowmen who will serenade you with songs, Christmas in Color is an immersive experience for all ages and abilities.
Find Christmas in Color near you:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Federal Heights, Colo.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet
This Christmas, bring the whole family back to a simpler time with Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet. The acclaimed holiday tradition is LIVE in theaters in more than 25 locations this holiday season for the 30th-anniversary tour.
Gather friends and family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breathtaking acrobatics, and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique.
Share in the messages of peace and harmony and get tickets now!
See the traveling NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet on select dates in:
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bowling Green, Ky.
New Orleans, La.
Saint Louis, Mo.
North Charleston, S.C.
El Paso, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Virginia Beach, Va.
Heading to New York City? Join in the magic and excitement of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes® presented by QVC — an unforgettable holiday experience inside the legendary Radio City Music Hall.
From the iconic scenes like the wooden soldiers to the cutting-edge stage production, this is a show like no other, for every generation.
Many amusement parks in warm or moderate climes offer winter-themed fun. Here are two of our favorites — you can't beat the lights, the magic, and ... the rides!
California’s Great America WinterFest
The Bay Area’s most immersive holiday event returns this year, sparkling brighter than ever before. WinterFest brings holiday cheer to California’s Great America as the park is magically transformed into a winter wonderland and holiday festival. Guests can ice skate in front of the iconic Carousel Columbia, take in the dazzling sights, sip on crafted hot chocolate, and marvel at spectacular live shows.
With more than 60 rides and holiday attractions, such as sending letters to the North Pole, checking out Santa’s workshop, and baking cookies in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen — and all the scrumptious holiday fare at numerous dining locations — WinterFest has something for guests of all ages and appetites. This enchanted wintery world and Christmas celebration is dominated by one of the Bay Area’s tallest Christmas trees adorned with thousands of twinkling lights accompanied by giant toy soldiers greeting guests. This amazing event features millions of lights, creating a Christmas event for the entire family.
WinterFest at Kings Island
WinterFest at Kings Island — located just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio — is an unforgettable holiday experience where Kings Island transforms into 11 enchanting winter wonderlands. Voted in 2021 as one of the top Theme Park Holiday Events in the country by USA TODAY readers, the annual event features ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the Eiffel Tower turned into a magical Christmas tree, the WinterFest Wonderland Parade, more than five million lights, and live entertainment throughout the park. Plus, experience up to 20 rides including Mystic Timbers and Kings Mills Antique Autos. Cincinnati’s premier holiday event is open on select nights in November and December.