2021 Nutcracker Shows and Festive Train Rides

Tickets go fast for these festive train rides, local Nutcracker performances, and live holiday musicals!

We also list local events like tree lightings, holiday strolls and Santa visits. And we’re working hard on our map of neighborhoods around the MetroWest with the best light displays and maps of the best sledding hills. Don’t miss a thing; subscribe for our helpful newsletter today!

Christmas Train Rides

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket RI
2021: Weekends Nov 19 – Dec 19
90 minute train ride with stories, songs, cookies, and hot chocolate in a souvenir mug. While waiting for your ride, there are photo ops beside Polar Express backdrops, letter-writing to Santa, and gift shop. Photo with Santa after the ride. $52 to $97

The Train to Christmas Town: Cape Cod Central Railroad, Buzzards Bay
2021: Nov 26 – Dec 23 (Every Weekend & some December weekdays)
Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and dance with the elves. Santa and his elves come on board to give out gifts to each child. Games and songs with special guests along the way. $39 to $99

Edaville: Santa Train Ride at Festival of Lights, Carver
2021: Basic train Nov 12 – Jan 1
In past years, there has been a Santa Train option. In 2021, there appears to be only the train ride to view the dazzling 17 million lights, without Santa visit. $25-$30/person.

Journey to the North Pole, North Conway, NH
2021: Fri-Sun Nov 26 – Dec 19 (Plus M-Th, Dec 27-30)
2-hour train ride experience. Hot chocolate and treats while you ride to the North Pole, then leave Santa letters at the Post Office. Visit with elves and hear dramatic “Night Before Christmas” poem at the North Pole Theater. Visit with Santa and receive a special gift. $48 – $78. Proceeds help fund a literacy charity.

Santa’s Holiday Express, Conway, NH
2021: Select dates Nov 26 – Dec 19
1-hour train ride with Santa and his elves. $14-$32

Drama Performances

“A Christmas Carol”, Stadium Theatre, Woonsocket RI
2021: Dec 10 – 19
“Experience Charles Dickens’ holiday classic in the Stadium’s beautiful Grand Hall! Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.” $26 to $36

“A Christmas Story: The Musical”, Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston
2021: Dec 7 – 19
“From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage!” $25 to $125

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze”, Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston
2021: Dec 10-12
“Over twenty of the world’s critically acclaimed and accomplished artists and circus acts all gift-wrapped in over 300 imaginative and one-of-a-kind costume designs. Broadway singers perform original music along with new twists on seasonal favorites such as “Deck The Halls,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock”.” $40+

“A Christmas Carol”, Hanover Theatre, Worcester
2021: Dec 15-23“Celebrate the holiday season with New England’s largest production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by The Hanover Theatre’s president and CEO Troy Siebels and featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, New England’s largest theatre pipe organ. ” $28+

Nutcracker Performances

Boston Opera House, Nov 26 – Dec 26, 2021
by Boston Ballet, with full orchestra
$40 – $185

Hanover Theatre, Worcester, Nov 26 – 28, 2021
Features full orchestra and several principal ballet dancers
$39 – $52

Regis College, Weston, Dec 17 – 19, 2021
by Commonwealth Ballet
$22 – $45

Keiter Center, Natick, [2021 TBA]
by Walnut Hill Arts
$25-$28

Norwood Theatre, Dec 17-19, 2021
by Dancing Arts Center
$30 – $35

Hopkinton Middle School, Dec 19, 2021
by Hopkinton Center for the Arts
$20 – $25

Stadium Theatre, Woonsocket RI, Nov 27-28, 2021
by Heritage Ballet
$20-$35

Franklin High School, Dec 4-5, 2021
by Franklin School for the Performing Arts
$40+

King Philip HS, Wrentham, Dec 18-19, 2021
by Greater Milford Ballet Company
Approx. $20 – $30

Wayland HS, Dec 4, 2021
by Studios Fitness and Dance
Contact for pricing

Lincoln-Sudbury HS, Dec 5, 2021
by Dance Prism
$25 – $38

Maynard HS, [2021 TBA]
by Miss Tricia Dance Studio
Approx. $20

Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Dec 12, 2021
by Dance Prism
$25 – $38

Bellingham HS, [2021 TBA]
by Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center
Contact for details

Keefe Tech HS, Framingham, Dec 10, 2021
by Greater Boston School of Dance
2021: On Screen only (no live performance)

Millis High School, Dec 3-5, 2021
by Terpsichore: Millis School Dance Club
[A small local performance; great option for a low-key first Nutcracker experience]

Generally <$10, pay at the door (under 5 free)

Santa Visits, Light Displays, and More

Community Kangaroo is a team of 10 moms scattered between Boston and Worcester. We track down all the best events year-round to help you find everything within a short drive of your house!

We’ll be adding every local tree lighting, pancakes with Santa, etc on our jam-packed daily event calendar, and will post our maps of sledding hills and holiday light displays (including the very best neighborhoods to check out). There’s much more to come, but you can stay in the loop by signing up for our newsletter for the very best updates!