Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker: A Holiday Tradition and a Giveaway!

Boston Ballet The Nutcracker

Get ready for a holiday tradition. The Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker opened last Friday will have a run of 44 performances before it closes on December 31, 2014.

Tickets start at $29. All performances take place at the Boston Opera House. There are 7:30 PM shows on Tuesday through Saturdays. A 5:30 PM show on Sunday, and some 1 PM matinees scattered through the engagement.

Nutcracker Boston Ballet

Each performance has approximately 150 dancers involved. There are also classical ballet students from Boston, Newton, and North Shore Boston Ballet studios that take part in each performance.

All of the sets and the costumes are new and designed by award winning designer Robert Perdziola. Some interesting tidbits about the costumes and set include that over 2,000 yards of net and tulle were used for the costumes. And over 200,000 jewels were used in the costumes with 1/3 of the jewels hand sewn.

Nutcracker Boston Ballet Photos

More facts about the set! The Christmas tree is 42 feet 6 inches long, and there are 766 fiber optic points embedded in the big Christmas tree. Plus 600 ornaments! Pay close attention during the set changes. Some changes include a series of reveals where scenes will appear to iris out of one another.

So much fun! And thanks to the wonderful folks at Boston Ballet, one lucky Family Friendly Boston reader will win a set of 2 tickets to a performance of The Nutcracker. Winner will get to choose a show from the following list: Wed, Dec 10 @ 7:30pm; Tue, Dec 16 @ 7:30pm; Wed, Dec 17 @ 7:30pm; Thu, Dec 18 @ 1pm; or Thu, Dec 18 @ 7:30pm. Enter below to win, and good luck!

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Nutcracker in Boston

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Black Friday Fun for Families and Kids in Boston

Thanksgiving will be over soon, and there’s still plenty of fun to be had over Thanksgiving break. Here are some fun ideas for Friday. Do you have other family friendly plans for Friday? Share them in the comments!

Head over to Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo for a half-priced admission day. Can’t make it during the day? Visit the Stone Zoo’s Zoolights evening event. (Zoolights is full priced.)

Diana Albrecht, Kathryn Boren and Lauren Herfindahl ©LizaVollPhotography-9768Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker opens Friday, November 28th. Grab tickets and start a new family tradition. Also, be sure to follow Family Friendly Boston on facebook to be the first to hear about our Nutcracker Ticket Giveaway next week!

If you can bring yourself to think about next summer already (I know!), there are some great deals tomorrow through Monday online for discounted tickets to Storyland. Tickets are as low at $19.99. Storyland opening day is May 23, 2015.

How about an impromptu staycation? Starting at 7am on Black Friday (November 28), Hotel Tonight (an app based travel service) will be featuring $7 rooms in destinations across the US including the Boston area for stays on Friday night. There will also be deals in the US starting at just $70 through Cyber Monday. Most of the hotel deals will be right near major malls and outlets – perfect for grabbing a quick power nap between marathon shopping sessions. Act fast though, these deals will go FAST! (Never used Hotel Tonight? Download the app NOW and receive a $25 credit for your first stay using the promo code: kimworld.)

There’s no better deal than free. Be sure to check out and enter to win Family Friendly Boston’s 4 ticket giveaway to Opening Night of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Shubert Theater in Boston.

For more things to do in Boston with kids, check out our Boston event calendar, which is always updated!


Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical Comes To Boston

Rudolph Red Nosed Reindeer Musical in Boston

Rudolph is coming straight from the screen to the stage in a family-friendly adaptation of the popular television special.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. Fifty years later, the longest running and highest rated television special comes to life, live on stage with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, featuring the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas this holiday season.

Rudolph and friends are arriving at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre for 12 performances, from December 9-14, 2014. Tickets are now on sale at or by calling (866) 348-9738.

Is it the same as the television special? Yes! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is very faithful to the original show – including songs, characters, and nostalgic set designs.

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is ousted from the reindeer games in Christmas-town. He flees town, meets up with new friends Hermey and Yukon, and a series of funny and endearing adventures ensue including a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph save his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

The production will also participate in the #ShineBright social media campaign which is a celebration of uniqueness that will be championed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Workshops, lesson plans and special performances will use the story as a platform for teaching important lessons.

Thanks to the folks behind the musical, one lucky Family Friendly Boston reader will win 4 tickets to Opening Night on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7 PM at The Citi Shubert Theatre in Boston. Enter to win below!

If you go:
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Citi Shubert Theatre
265 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

Tuesday, December 9 – Sunday, December 14, 2014, for 12 performances:
Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm;
morning matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am;
and afternoon matinees at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are priced at $28.00 – $68.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket and are on-sale at or by calling (866) 348-9738. Groups of 10 or may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or For more information, visit

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Disclosure: Giveaway tickets were provided by Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

For more things to do in Boston with kids, check out our Boston event calendar, which is always updated!