What better way to enjoy spending a day than with some live theater entertainment? Seeing stories come to life on stage is captivating and inspiring for children and adults alike. There’s nothing quite like being fully-immersed in a theatrical experience! Check out this list of some of the best family-friendly plays and musicals in Colorado.

Where: Colorado Railroad Museum | 17155 W 44th Ave. Golden, CO 80403
When: November 9th – December 23rd

This extremely unique theatrical performance brings you and your family into the magical world of the Polar Express, whisking you away into a fairytale world of wonder and excitement. You and your family will be completely surrounded by the sights, sounds, and wonders of the Polar Express Universe as you take a real train ride that is full of magic and excitement at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Book your tickets in advance, they sell out quick!

Where: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities | 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada CO, 80003
When: October 11th – December 29th

At Ella Enchanted, you and your family can be immersed in a fairytale world in which Ella must navigate through ogres, giants, elves, wicked stepsisters, and many more magical themes. See how Ella find her voice through adventure, friendship and self-discovery. This play is just as captivating for adults as it is for kids of all ages!

Where: Simpich Showcase | 2413 W Colorado Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80904
When: November 8th – December 4th

Come see the timeless tale from Charles Dickens come to life through the artistic medium of puppetry! This super-unique performance from the Simpich Showcase features over twenty handmade puppets of all the classic Christmas Carol characters. This whimsical feature is one that you won’t find anywhere else!

Where: Northglenn Recreation Center | 11801 Community Center Dr. Northglenn, CO 80233
When: November 15th – 24th

Based on one of the most beloved children’s stories from Disney, The LIttle Mermaid is a beautiful and classic tale that transcends generations. See this story unfold live on stage at the Northglenn Recreation Center as you witness Ariel’s journey in pursuing the human Prince Eric in the vast world above the sea.

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts
When: October 4th – February 15th

When the clock strikes seven, all your favorite characters from the classic children’s story come to life in the Great Green Room. Goodnight Moon was published in the late 1940’s and has become a staple in children’s literature ever since. Regardless of whether or not you read this story to your kids today, the whole family will love to see this story in person.

Where: University Theatre | 1595 Pleasant St. Boulder, CO 80302
When: November 15th-December 8th

Join the CU University Theatre as they perform a unique and fun take on the classic Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol”. At this musical event you will see Scrooge singing show tunes with a huge cast of characters dancing along. Come see this famous story meet Broadway in an event that you and the kids will surely love.

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts | 1101 13th St. Denver, CO 80204
When: December 3rd – December 8th

The box-office breaking play is coming to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts this December! How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a Broadway performance of the timeless holiday story that features fun songs and whimsical costumes that truly transports you into the magical world of The Grinch. Tickets are moving quick, don’t sleep on yours!

Where: Paramount Theatre | 1621 Glenarm Place Denver, CO 80202
When: December 22nd | 4:30 PM & 8:00 PM

One of the most beloved holiday classics, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been in the hearts of its viewers since it first debuted on cable TV on December 9th, 1965. See the classic tale come from your TV to the live stage at this one-day only performance taking place on Sunday, December 22nd. There’s only two showtimes for this day, so make sure to get your tickets early before they sell out!

Where: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities | 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003
When: November 22nd – December 22nd

Take an adventure through the past, present, and future at this performance of “A Christmas Carol” with a musical twist! This classic story will be accompanied by the music of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid). This event is fun for the whole family and will surely be loved by all in attendance. 

We hope this article inspired you to go check out some live theatre this season! Here are some other articles you might enjoy: