• 30-minute musical play for grades 1-5
  • Includes the script, teacher's guide, and audio recording (which contains a vocal and instrumental version of each song)
  • Simple to do - no music or drama experience needed!

Teachers frequently try to celebrate the holiday season, but it's not easy to do so without leaving someone out. The Winter Holiday Show solves this problem by describing the traditions and celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah from the perspectives of the goofy animals that tell the story. (The play introduces other winter celebrations as well).

Please scroll down to read the script, listen to the songs, read reviews, and get all the details about the play (plot, curriculum/content, educational standards, and vocabulary).

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We include five traditional songs, but we've also written a handful of songs about the holidays from the animals' perspective. We've got a latke-loving bear, beavers who steal Christmas trees, and a squirrel who wants to pull Santa's sleigh---not to mention Superbadgers and some shady skunks. If you teach in a public school, then you owe it to yourself, your students and their families to consider this play!

The Winter Holiday Show is a wonderfully fun way to celebrate the winter holidays. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

Publication Information

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-22-6
© 2002 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

Song Samples

Full Song List

1. “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” (abridged)
2. “The Winter Holidays”
3. “Family Time”
4. “Deck The Halls”
5. “Oh Hanukkah”
6. “Thank You For The Christmas Tree”
7. “I Want To Pull Santa's Sleigh”
8. “S'vivon”
9. “Too Many Latkes Again”
10. “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
11. “A Present For A Skunk"
12. “The Winter Holidays/Traditional Songs" (reprise)


Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many beavers, skunks, etc as desired. One student can also play more than
one role. Note than roles are not gender-specific: with the simple change of a name,
any part can be played by a girl our a boy; see our comments on page 36 of the Teacher's Guide .


This is the first one-third of the script:


Carolers (either one or two groups)
Family #1
Family #2
and a Chorus made up of all students who are not playing roles at the time.

(The CLASS is on stage. A handful of them are dressed as CAROLERS, standing
in a little half-circle facing the audience with caroling books in hand. The rest of students
stand or sit along the edges. They ALL begin singing:)

  Song 1 - Listen now!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

(At this point the WOLF begins creeping, slowly, from the
side of the stage towards the CAROLERS)

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

(WOLF is now quite close)

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a par...
(music and singing stop as CAROLERS see WOLF)

CAROLER (screaming in fright): Ahh, it's a wolf!


CAROLER: Wolf, run for your lives!

(CAROLERS run off, screaming. The WOLF looks puzzled. OWL and GOOSE
enter quickly as WOLF shouts:)

WOLF (to departing Carolers): Hey, come back!

(OWL, WOLF, and GOOSE run in)

OWL: Wolf, what happened? We heard screaming.

WOLF: Owl, did you see that? I just wanted to join in the caroling. You know I
love caroling.

OWL: They looked terrified.

GOOSE (looking and then pointing at audience): But these people don’t look terrified.
They look relieved.

OWL: Of course they’re relieved. They thought they’d have to listen to all
twelve days of Christmas. Wolf spared them eight days.

WOLF: This just isn’t my winter. I’m cold. I think of those warm fires inside
the houses in town—makes me wish my side of the family had been domesticated.

OWL (pointing to GOOSE): You could always make a down comforter out of
Goose over here.

GOOSE: That’s not funny. Not funny at all. You know I’m always nervous this time
of year. Thanksgiving to New Years is a troubling time for edible fowl. .

WOLF: Hey, isn’t that Moose running up the hill?

OWL: Yes it is! I’ve never seen him move so fast.

MOOSE (entering, out of breath): Run for you life! They’ve gone crazy. Hurry!

OWL: What are you talking about?

MOOSE: The people in the town. They’re doing terrible things!

GOOSE: What is it? Did they try to roast you? I hate that.

MOOSE: No. Worse! I heard this pounding. I looked up on top of a house, and
there in full view, a guy was nailing twelve reindeer to a roof! Why didn’t they try to run away?

OWL: Moose, they weren’t real reindeer.

MOOSE: Maybe there were hypnotized.

GOOSE: They weren’t real reindeer, Moose.

MOOSE: What?

WOLF: It’s just part of the holiday celebration.

MOOSE: What’s that mean?

OWL: Oh my gosh! Moose, this is your first winter, isn’t it?

MOOSE: Well, yeah.

GOOSE: Interesting things happen this time of year.

MOOSE: What do you mean?

OWL: (shouting) Forest animals! Come out! Moose needs us!

  Song 2 - Listen now!

Gotta tell the moose
Gotta introduce
The winter holidays
People down in town
Running all around
Each year the same ol’ craze.

See them up at dawn
Busy on the lawn
Arranging plastic sleighs
Gotta tell the moose
Gotta introduce
The winter holidays.

Gotta tell our mate
How they celebrate
The winter holidays.
Running out to shop
Cooking ’til they drop
They’re in a manic phase

Latkes to prepare
Potatoes everywhere
Grating ’til their eyes glaze
Gotta tell the moose
Gotta introduce
The winter holidays.

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah bring out the cheer
Christmas and Kwanzaa and happy New Year!

See them up at dawn
Busy on the lawn
Arranging plastic sleighs
Gotta tell the moose
Gotta introduce
The winter holidays.
The winter holidays.

(CLASS exits; OWL, WOLF, GOOSE, and MOOSE begin walking)

OWL: Come on, Moose. Let’s go down to town and see what the people are doing.

GOOSE: Are you sure that’s a good idea? What if they’re hungry? Maybe we should
take some chocolates for them just in case.

(RABBIT #1 hops in)

WOLF: Oh, hello, Rabbit.

RABBIT #1: Hello.

OWL: We’re off to teach Moose about holidays.

WOLF (to RABBIT #2, entering with huge carrot): Hello, Rabbit.

RABBIT #2: I’m trying to defrost this carrot. You don’t have a microwave, do you?

OWL: Do I look like I have a microwave?

MOOSE: There are so many people in town these days. Where do they all come from?

OWL: It’s the holidays. Friends and family gather together.

WOLF (to RABBIT #3, entering): Hello, Rabbit.

RABBIT #3: You’re telling me about family gatherings. You wouldn’t believe our
place this time of year.

MOOSE: There sure are a lot of you Rabbits around today.

RABBIT #4 (hopping in): There sure are. Big family reunion!

  Song 3 - Listen now!

Thirty five uncles
Forty two aunts
All want to kiss me
All want to dance.

Seventeen siblings
Nephews galore
Usually by New Years
There’s two dozen more.

Woh woh woh woh woh woh
Woh woh woh woh woh woh
Family time
Family time
I love that family time.

Fifty four cousins
At each other’s throat
All watching TV
With just one remote.

Time for some soccer
There’s more than we need
Got enough family
To form a whole league.

RABBIT #1 (shouts): Hey, let’s do our Family Dance!

(RABBITS do lovely hopping dance during instrumental)

Woh woh woh woh woh woh
Woh woh woh woh woh woh
Family time
Family time
I love that family time.

(RABBITS exit)

OWL: Come on, Moose. Let’s go peak inside a house—I want you to see the
Christmas decorations.

MOOSE: Decorations?

GOOSE: You know. Trees and stuff.

MOOSE: They put trees inside their houses?

WOLF: I think it’s so the dogs don’t have to go out in the cold.

OWL: Here, just look through this window—the people are fixing things up.

(FAMILY #1 with Christmas decorations appears and sings:)

Song 4

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
’Tis the season to be jolly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Don we now our gay apparel.
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

See the blazing Yule before us.

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Strike the harp and join the chorus.


Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Follow me in merry measure.
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la
While I tell of Yuletide treasure.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

(FAMILY exits)

MOOSE: That looks like great fun. I’ve never decked a hall with anything. I didn’t
even know you could deck a hall.

GOOSE: Me either.

WOLF: I decked an obnoxious hedgehog once.

(BEAR enters)

OWL: That’s not the same.
(Seeing BEAR)
Bear! What are YOU doing up? Aren’t you supposed to be hibernating?

BEAR: Not yet—not until I get some latkes.

MOOSE: Latkes?

GOOSE: Potato pancakes--folks eat them for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
And they’re meat free!

BEAR (getting excited): Lovely shredded potatoes. Savory onions. A dash of salt
and pepper. A little flour to compose a masterpiece.

OWL: Calm down, Bear. You always overdo it with the latkes.

BEAR (lost in salivation): Fried up golden brown, crispy yet tender, in hot oil.
Wait! Did you hear that?

WOLF: What?

BEAR: Listen.
(THEY listen. Nothing.)
They’re calling me.


BEAR: The latkes. “Bear,” they’re saying, “we’re waiting. Bear, come get us while
we’re still really hot.” I’ve gotta go.
(BEAR exits)

MOOSE: Bear said something about Hanukkah. Who’ s that?

WOLF: It’s another holiday. Here, look in that window.

MOOSE (HE sees a menorah without candles): Ooh! They’ve got a really tiny tree
with eight curving branches.

OWL: That’s not a tree. That’s a menorah. It’s for Hanukkah. Take a look.

MOOSE (looking more closely): It must be hard to drink out of all those little cups.

GOOSE: Those aren’t for water, silly. They’re for candles.

WOLF: They light one candle the first night of Hanukkah, then two on the second,
until on the eighth night all of them are lit.

OWL: Listen, they’re singing the Hanukkah Song.

(FAMILY #2 appears, singing)

Song 5

Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the Menorah,
Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the hora.
Gather round the table, we’ll give you a treat.
Dreidles to play with, latkes to eat.
Gather round the table, we’ll give you a treat.
Dreidles to play with, latkes to eat.

And while we are playing,
The candles are burning low.
One for each night, they shed a sweet light,
To remind us of days long ago;
One for each night, they shed a sweet light,
To remind us of days long ago.

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

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Customer Reviews: 5

Glenwood, IA

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  • Great Music
  • Clever and fun songs
  • Great review of the Winter Holidays
  • Fun characters
  • Engaged the students
Great Show for the Winter Holidays

Children in grades 3rd - 5th performed the "Winter Holidays" along with "The Nutcracker" as a Holiday Show for the school. The children got into the Winter Holiday show quickly. The story was charming, fun and educational. The music was exciting and easy to learn. The children had lots of fun working on the show and performing it. The audience loved it.

Southeast Missouri

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  • short songs
  • easy to learn
Lots of fun and educational!

My second graders performed this musical and it was well received by the audience! The students loved the songs and had a lot of fun with the characters (especially the skunks). We did face paint for all the animals which turned out great, and I felt it was easy to costume (but I'm crafty). Not to mention, everyone in our school learned new things about all the holidays!

Kingston, Pennsylvania

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The winter holidays a multi species celebration

We used this for our small private school's holiday program with 36 students in grades 1-5. It was WONDERFUL. We had all ages of students participating in full speaking parts and smaller parts. Students learned their lines quickly and thoroughly enjoyed this amazing presentation. It was great to have the 2 sets of music. We learned with the singing set and practiced and performed with only the music. Shy students became excellent speakers! Our families were thrilled with this presentation and asked how we were ever going to top this performance! Keep making these musicals for December holiday season!! We loooved this!!
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Holiday Show

I love this play I have done it several time. I finally scratched the CD so badly I had to buy the songs again. I would suggest it to anyone!

Payson, Utah

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The Winter Holiday Show

I have purchased 4 plays from Bad Wolf Press over my 16 years of teaching. They always create a memorable event for my students. We just performed "The Winter Holiday Show" for our school and families last month. Not only was it thoroughly entertaining, but it also taught my students about the many different holidays celebrated by many different cultures. I had one teacher at our school tell me that she almost cried because the show was so inclusive of other cultures that are not predominant in our community. Thanks, Bad Wolf Press, for giving me the tools I needed, as a "timid teacher", to give my students an experience they will remember for years!

"I have been using your plays for 7 years. I have done various shows with my students, but each year without fail, my class does The Winter Holiday Show. This experience does more for my students then anything else I could teach them in the classroom. Through reader's theater and performances, I have watched my students blossom and grow as fluent, expressive readers. I have watched their self-confidence soar through the sky. Most importantly, I have given them a love for learning and reading through the plays. It should be mandatory for all classes to do plays. The students are gaining invaluable life skills through this experience. I teach first grade, and my students come back to visit me and ALWAYS bring up how much they loved being in my class because of the plays! Students that love school will be successful, hard-working, life-long learners, and how much more prepared for 'college and careers' can you get than that? I am so thankful for Bad Wolf Press and my school for supporting what I do!"

---Jennifer Swenson, Teacher (1st grade), Bear Lake Elementary, Apopka, FL

"Had to let you know what a successful Winter Holiday Show my second graders just performed! Every parent attended. Many compliments given for a funny, wonderful program. Parents and students loved the catchy tunes. I transformed baseball caps into characters. This was my first big production after 19 years of teaching. I plan to do more! This was a life-transforming event for my special needs students. I am so glad to stumble across you on the internet. Again, thank you for writing a teacher- and student-friendly script."

---Nancy Elder, Teacher (2nd grade), Paloma School, Temecula, CA

"The Winter Holiday Show is my personal favorite. It's very teacher friendly. I love doing plays. It's a form of art. It's good for students to perform and step out a little. Students learn to work together as a team."

---Nina Christie, Teacher (5th/6th grade), Stoneridge School, Roseville, CA

"Everyone wanted to learn all the songs---we're still singing the Beavers' song in May! I liked the ease with which we could add songs and characters like Las Posades. It's hard to find something that 10-15 teachers all like---our school has done almost all of your plays."

---Cindy Ursprung, Teacher (K-5th grade), 93rd Street Elementary, Los Angeles, CA

"The show was fantastic! We did it for our whole school (gr. 1-3) and for the parents. We had many positive comments and great feedback. I love the music!"

---Michele Cooper, Teacher (3rd grade), Port Colden School, Washington, NJ

"Please sing (to the tune of 'Thank You for the Christmas Tree,' of course):

Thank you for The Holiday Show
Thank you for your wit
The kids were lovely on the stage
Thank you, thank you for the musical,
Thank you for the musical.

The third graders beamed, the parents beamed, the teachers beamed. We all beamed at Westview Elementary."

---Betty Carlson, Teacher (3rd grade), Westview Elementary, Champaign, IL

We did The Winter Holiday Show as a readers theater and the script lent itself well to this. The kids especially loved the music and wanted it played even after the play was over. I liked that it gave the children a brief idea of how different people celebrate the holidays. The children really enjoyed it and learned a lot from it."

---Joan Fontaine, Sequoyah Elementary, Shawnee, OK

Common Core and Other National Standards

History/Social Studies

Language Arts

  • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
    • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
  • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

National Core Arts Standards


turtle dove
French hen
down comforter
beaver dam
nose job
“A great miracle happened there.”
figgy pudding

Vocabulary From Stage Directions


Number of questions: 0

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How does your pricing and licensing work?

A: In short: each teacher/director using the play should have a copy of it. That's it! Your purchase gives you the right to use the play with as many classes as you wish, to photocopy the script for your actors, and to put on as many performances as you wish. This one-time purchase gives you a lifetime license. See below for more information on site licenses (for 3+ teachers or whole schools).

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A: Every musical play comes with the script and a 12-page Teacher's Guide that provides lots of tips and advice for using the play from start to finish. It also includes the audio recording for the play, which has all the songs both WITH and WITHOUT vocals. Sheet music is NOT included with the basic package, but it is available for $12. Extra/replacement CDs are also available for $12.

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A site license is the economical choice when a whole school or grade level wants to put on the same play. Instead of each teacher/director having to purchase a script, the school/site can purchase a site license. This comes with three copies of the play (or one digital download) and permission to make copies for any additional participating teachers, as well as all the actors. You do NOT need to purchase both a site license and individual copies of the play; just buy one or the other.

Q: I understand that I can get two or more scripts for $35 each. Do they have to be the same play?

Nope! The discount applies whether you are purchasing multiple copies of the same show or single copies of multiple shows.

Q: What is the difference between the printed and digital versions? Which one should I get?

There is no difference in terms of content. The printed version of a musical play comes with an audio CD in a plastic sleeve in the back of the book. The digital version comes with two downloadable files: the script (PDF format) and the songs (individual MP3 files compressed in ZIP format). The advantage of the digital version is that you will not pay shipping and you can start using it instantly. Please read the question following this one about the technical requirements for digital files.

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Advanced technical knowledge is not required; but please note that we do not have the ability to offer technical support for issues related to digital files. If you are unsure, it is probably best to stick with the printed version.

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