The holidays are in full swing…and so is COVID. But don’t let that ruin your plans for a jolly weekend. There are an abundance of virtual events and activities that will get your family in the spirit of the season. Read on to find out how you can celebrate this weekend.

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Hansel & Gretel – a Virtual Fairytale

Wondering how to spend your holidays this year? How about surprising your family with a classic fairy tale with a modern twist! Delight them with The Little Orchestra Society’s® (L.O.S.) “Hansel & Gretel,” which can be viewed safely and comfortably from your own home. Event Details.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, the Radio Show

This holiday season, the Arvada Center is proud to present a radio play of the classic and cozy A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.  Told through the nostalgic and innocent eyes of a young boy at Christmas time, this timeless story invokes images of snowy country hillsides, warm fireside songs, and idyllic and light-hearted memories of the holidays with family.  Make time with your family and experience this radio play that will set imaginations alight and conjure goodwill for all mankind. Event Details.

Taproot Theatre: Christmas at Home

Haul out the holly, your Taproot Christmas tradition continues this year. Gather your loved ones, get comfy on the couch, and join some of your favorite Taproot artists as they share songs, stories and Christmas traditions that make the holiday season special. Created by director Karen Lund and recorded in living rooms across the country, the Taproot Theatre family has come together to bring you your Christmas tradition. Event Details.

Holiday Brass With the NY Phil

A family tradition since 1995, Holiday Brass returns in a broadcast featuring newly recorded performances by your Philharmonic friends, with former Principal Trumpet Philip Smith as conductor. Event Details.

Virtual White Chocolate House Workshop

Design and create a delicious white chocolate house during this virtual workshop, where all the supplies are shipped directly to your door. Order at least 5 days in advance to be sure your supplies will arrive on time. Event Details.

Ballet Breaks With New York City Ballet

Get your family moving alongside the artists of New York City Ballet with Ballet Breaks. Each 30-minute workshop will be taught by a different NYCB dancer who will lead your little ones through a warm-up and choreography inspired by George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Stretch, twirl, and leap with us as we journey to the Land of Sweets where we will explore basic ballet concepts and learn a new dance together each week. Advanced registration is required through the NYCB website. Event Details.

Hop Along Yogi Kids

Join Hop Along Yogi Kids Yoga for an epic holiday celebration as we bend, stretch, sing, and strike-a-yoga pose in this fun and interactive Christmas-themed yoga class. Kids will have a blast practicing movement and mindfulness techniques. Cost of class is $8. Registration required. Event Details.

A Winter Puppet Show

Join from the comfort of home on Saturday, Dec.19 for a whimsical winter wonderland brought to you by our friends at Jabberwocky Marionettes! Snowflakes will swirl, snowballs will fly and some snowy owls will sing all about what makes Chicago so special. Event Details.

Holiday Tree Lightings

Check out one or all of these dazzling virtual Portland Tree lightings!

—Annette Benedetti