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Theatre Lineup for the 2023 Fall and Holiday Season

Locals know you don't have to tackle Times Square traffic to enjoy quality theatre with the whole family.

Locals know you don’t have to tackle the traffic (or the prices!) in Times Square to enjoy quality theatre with the whole family. From vibrant musicals and classic plays to live music and cabaret, Bucks County has a rich and vibrant history in live entertainment.

Fall and winter are the perfect times to plan an outing to the theatre, and between Bucks County and Philadelphia, you can find outstanding performances for every age. So, grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy some rousing entertainment this season at one of these esteemed area productions.

A Christmas Carol

Music Mountain Theatre, 1483 NJ – 179, Lambertville, NJ
November 24-December 10, 2023

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than happiness. But, on Christmas Eve, he is forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts lead him through his Past, Present, and Future. This spectacular adaptation of Dickens’ most well-known story proved its staying power with a decade-long run at Madison Square Garden, and a holiday tradition here at Music Mountain Theatre for the thirteenth year in a row!

Christmas In The Catskills

Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler
December 5-30, 2023

Philadelphia’s funniest man, Tony Braithwaite, takes on the giants of comedy’s heyday (including Mel Brooks, Rodeney Dangerfield, Don Rickles, and more!), mining the best laughs of the Borscht Belt in this new holiday cabaret! Join Act II Playhouse for an evening of jokes, stories, and a one-man Friar’s Club roast of Santa Claus in a comedic feast that is served up as fresh as a Pastrami on Rye! 


Storybook Musical Theatre, PO Box 473 Abington
December 19-30, 2023

Got a budding supporter of the arts looking to experience their very first play? This is the place for them! Two selfish stepsisters, a mean stepmother and nothing to wear to the ball. What’s a girl to do? Get help from a Fairy Godmother, of course. This Charles Perrault story comes to life in one of Storybook’s most beloved productions. Storybook Musical Theatre is dedicated to the cultural enrichment and education of children and their families. Their mission is to introduce and help your children develop a lifelong appreciation for theater through adaptations of folk tales and children’s literature.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S Main St, New Hope
November 17-December 31, 2023

With no snow in the forecast, and no tourists in sight, can they pull off a yuletide miracle? Based on the classic Hollywood movie musical, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” is a technicolor, Broadway musical extravaganza filled with Berlin’s classic tunes including “Blue Skies,” “Sisters,” “How Deep Is the Ocean?”, “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” “Count Your Blessings” and more. Song-and-dance men, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up after the war to become of the hottest acts in show business.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play

Town and Country Players, 4158 York Rd., Buckingham
November 17 – December 2, 2023

This beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligations and civic duty, and whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair, and to remind him – by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born – that he has had, after all, a wonderful life.

T&C’s Holiday Show – A Holiday Cavalcade!

Town and Country Players, 4158 York Rd., Buckingham
December 15-16, 2023

“A Holiday Cavalcade!” is a celebration of the holiday season. It is a two act production that consists of traditional holiday songs in the first act. They include: “Silent Night,” “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing,” “The Dreidel Song” & “Rock of Ages.” The second act consists of holiday songs from Broadway, film, television and rock & roll.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Newtown Arts Company, P.O. Box 635, Newtown
November 30 – December 3, 2023

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon, everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to the Bradleys and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic.

Winter Wonderettes

Montgomery Theatre, 124 N. Main Street, Souderton
November 9 – December 3, 2023

The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at an annual Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the day! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland.” The result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. From the creative team that brought you the hit show of 2022, The Marvelous Wonderettes.

The Snow Queen’s Frozen Adventure

Music Mountain Theatre, 1483 NJ – 179, Lambertville
January 21, 24 and February 4, 2024

When a troll drops the Mirror of Disenchantment it shatters into pieces which get blown around the world. A piece ends up in the eye of a young boy and the Snow Queen comes to take him back to her winter palace where she erases his memories of his family.

Looking to make a day trip into the city? Check out some of our Philly theatre picks for the season.

Disney On Ice presents Magic In The Stars

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
December 24, 2023–January 1, 2024

Anna and Olaf in Disney on Ice’s, “Magic in the Stars”

Glide into the worlds of Frozen 2, Encanto, Aladdin, Tiana, the Disney Princesses, and more while Disney on Ice is in town. This time around, the show is “Magic in the Stars,” which brings your favorite Disney stories to life through world-class ice skating.


Academy of Music, 240 S Broad Street, Philadelphia
November 1–26, 2023

WICKED, the Broadway musical sensation, has arrived in Philadelphia! Ticket availability is spotty at this point, but even if you find yourself in nosebleed balcony seats, it’s sure to be a memorable show! The story of WICKED looks at what happened in the Land of Oz, but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships. That is, until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

Beauty and the Beast

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
November 21–December 31, 2023

Experience the enchantment of the Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast at Philadelphia’s historic Walnut Street Theatre this holiday season! Based on Disney’s Academy Award-winning film, this “tale as old as time,” features the enduring story you love along with all your favorite characters and songs. Let the magic unfold in front of your eyes as dancing dishes, gorgeous costumes, and spectacular settings bring this Disney classic to life on stage. Celebrate your holidays with the most beautiful love story ever told!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Miller Theater (Formerly Merriam Theater), 250 S Broad Street, Philadelphia
December 26–31, 2023

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a whimsical, family, holiday spectacular featuring an ensemble of aerial circus acts, sleight-of-hand jugglers, fun-loving skippers, breath-taking acrobatics, and more. These dazzling performers are accompanied by an original music score including new twists on seasonal favorites such as “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” In essence, this annual tradition wraps a Broadway-style production around an infusion of contemporary circus arts. As lights dim and the music swells, audiences will have visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads as a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters come to life. 

Editor for Bucks County Parent. Email tips to christine@familyfocus.org.