Leave the stress of the holidays behind! Spend a relaxing afternoon with your family at a play. a musical or a ballet. There are family-themed plays like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Nutcracker Ballet: for ballet aficionados and even dance shows for fans of “Dancing With The Stars.” So strike out the stress for a few hours this holiday season and visit one of the venues below.

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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Fillmore Miami Beach Jackie Gleason Theater
1700 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(800) 430-8903

Date: December 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. only

If you have never seen a ballet in person, then this is a must-see destination. The props, the dancers and the costumes are incredible. The Moscow Ballet has taken a simple story and turned it into a masterpiece that has to be seen to believe. This hour and a half ballet has only one break during the performance. Each act lasts 45 minutes, so be sure and take any breaks just before it starts. “The Nutcracker” is child oriented, but small children may be uncomfortable sitting for such a long time.

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A Christmas Carol
Amaturo Theater
The Broward Center For The Performing Arts
201 Southwest 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 557-0778

Date: December 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; December 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

This classic Christmas story is so popular that it has been tweaked just about every year to create a more updated version. But if you want to see “A Christmas Carol” in all its original splendor, then check out this play. Tickets to this play are so reasonable; you could bring the entire family. There are even some family fun activities scheduled for the children when the Family Fun Pack is purchased.

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Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Au-Rene Theater
The Broward Center For The Performing Arts
201 Southwest 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 462-0222

Date: December 15 -27, 2015 at various times Tuesday’s through Sunday’s

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a classic children’s tale that has been made even more popular by Jim Carrey. But the Grinch is not just for children anymore. Parents also can enjoy watching this classic that is now being presented on stage as a musical endeavor. Ticket prices range from $35.00 up to $85.00, so this venue can be a nice family outing to relax during the holiday season. There are even late morning and early afternoon shows for the convenience of parents viewing the musical with their young children.

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Ballroom With A Twist-mas!
The Wick Theatre
7901 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33487
(561) 995-2333

Date: December 10 – December 27, 2015 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Stars from “American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars” are performing in this great holiday extravaganza. There will be lots of ballroom dancing, singing and some great holiday music by a live band. This event is sure to become a family favorite for many Christmases to come. Tickets are $85.00 per seat for both children and adults.

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The Trial Of Ebenezer Scrooge By Mark Brown
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 444-9293

Date: December 2 – December 27, 2015 at various times

Playwright Mark Brown has created a new holiday story in this adaptation of the original Charles Dickens story. This new story is a hilarious, yet entertaining, courtroom drama play that will have viewers seeing Ebenezer Scrooge in a whole new light. Tickets are $50.00 for each seat, whether the seat is purchased for an adult or a child. Due to the nature of this play, parental judgment should be used when bringing children to this performance.


Katherine Bostick is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.