Christmas time not only brings presents, but we all get treated to wonderful musicals and live shows. There is no better opportunity than this season to introduce the kids to the wonders and joys of the stage. Who knows this may be the start of a yearly holiday family tradition! 1. Hansel and Gretel
Is Hansel and Gretel one of your child’s favorite bedtime stories? Take them to see the classic tale come to life on stage as a children's musical. Follow the siblings’ journey into the woods as they stumble upon a mysterious gingerbread house and try to escape the clutches of the witch who lives in it. The play is adapted from the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck and directed by Joy Virata.
Hansel and Gretel runs until December 15 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Tickets are available at Repertory Philippines. 2. A Little Princess
Based on the popular children’s novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Repertory Philippines brings to the stage A Little Princess, a grand musical production for the whole family. Leading the cast are Jillian Ita-as and Maria Gabriela Gil Padilla as Sara Crewe, a young girl who finds magic and wonder in other people and herself despite being mistreated and abused in a boarding school. The play is directed by Dexter Santos.
A Little Princess runs until Dec. 18 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Ticket prices start at P600. Get them at Repertory Philippines or Ticketworld. 3. Annie
Based on “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray, the stars of this beloved musical are Krystal Brimner and Isabeli Araneta Elizalde who sing popular hits like “It's The Hard-knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” You can learn more about the lovely young ladies on our story about them here. The play is directed by Michael Stuart Williams. Annie runs until December 11 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City. Ticket prices start at P800. Get them at Ticketworld.
4. A Christmas Carol
The holidays aren't complete without a Christmas tale. Based on the book by Charles Dickens, the musical follows grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge as he recounts the life he's lived as shown to him by unexpected ghostly Christmas figures. The play is directed by Robbie Guevara, with music from Alan Menken.
A Christmas Carol will run until December 25 at the BGC Globe Iconic Amphiteater, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Ticket price is P2,100. Get them at Ticketworld.
Disney On Ice is back in the Philippines, and this time stars of the show include Nemo, Elsa and Anna, Rapunzel, Woody, Simba, and more! Expect brand new stories from the bunch, all set on a stage of ice. Kids of all ages and kids-at-heart adults are all welcome. Pssst! Those 12 months old and below don't need tickets!
Wonderful World of Disney on Ice runs from December 25 to January 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ticket prices start at P190. Get them at SM Tickets booths or online.
6. Hi-5 Fairytale
Dance to Hi-5's L.O.V.E. song and many more of your child’s favorite hits at Hi-5 Fairytale, live on stage. Chris and the whole gang will be there. Expect lots of storytelling in only the way Hi-5 can tell them with silly characters like Sir Bucket Head!
Hi-5 Fairytale runs from December 16 to 18 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City. Ticket prices start at P2,500. Get them at Ticketworld.
7. Hello Kitty Live: Fashion & Friends
One of the world’s well-loved characters, Hello Kitty, comes to Manila bringing along a whole gang of friends. The story follows ambitious young girl Hello Kitty as she takes on challenges to reach her dreams. By her side is her twin sister Mimmy, best friend My Melody and boyfriend Dear Daniel. The stage show is directed by Adam Stafford and features songs by Bruno Mars.
Hello Kitty Live: Fashion & Friends runs from December 20 to January 1 at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tickets prices start at P3,100. Get them at Ticketworld.
8. Masha and the Bear: Happiness Chest
Masha and the Bear is a Russian animated tv series based on a local folklore about a mischievous but charming little girl named Masha and her bear friend who keeps her safe. Masha and the Bear: Happiness Chest will be a live show musical with the same characters and a fun story told with enthralling special effects.
Masha and the Bear: Happiness Chest runs from December 23 to 31 at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort & Casino, Parañaque City. Ticket prices start at P800. Get them at Ticketworld.
9. The Nutcracker
Got an aspiring ballerina? Another classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker will be performed by the young dancers of the Ballet Philippines Dance School. There will only be two shows so don't miss it.
Ballet Philippines' December Gala: The Nutcracker runs on December 10 and 11, at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City. For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at 832-3689.
Want more Christmas events? See our full guide here.