A Touch of Magic with ‘Twas the Night Before by Cirque du Soleil

I shared a bit about Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Twas the Night Before… You can get all the details back in this post. We were given free tickets to the media preview so we could share our thoughts with you. And really what I want to say is: GO SEE THIS SHOW.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. We’ve never seen a Cirque du Soleil show in a theater (as opposed to a tent or an arena), so I had some trouble imagining what kind of show they would put on with a smaller stage. I also know that Cirque shows tend to be somewhat abstract in their storytelling; how would that translate to a specific holiday tale?

Aerial Lamp 1 – credit Kyle Flubacker, MSG Entertainment


I took my daughter, a friend, and her daughter. Both of our girls have experience with circus arts and our guest is also a dancer. Expectations were high from our group. Every one of us walked out raving about the show.

‘Twas the Night Before… is the story of a father and daughter on Christmas Eve. The daughter has decided she’s too old for her father and their normal Christmas traditions. He, of course, is disappointed and sad that she doesn’t want to spend time with him. But, through the course of the evening, with some help from an eclectic and playful group of characters (including Santa and his reindeer), the daughter learns about sharing, friendship, generosity, and the magic of the season.

The music is traditional holiday fare with a delightful Cirque twist and you’ll be glad to know that you can listen to it later online. The acts include acro, juggling, diablo, tumbling, contortion, roller skating, bicycle acro, and a few different aerial routines. They all take place on a beautiful and playful wintery set.

It’s important to know that the show is 80 minutes long with no intermission. Plan ahead. Oh, and arrive early – it’s so frustrating to have people constantly interrupting your view through the beginning of the show. I missed a number of acts because there were a lot of latecomers while we were there.


Twas the Night Before… is only in Boston from  November 25 – December 11, 2022. Get your tickets now!

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Disclosure: We are receiving free tickets to see the show in exchange for sharing the news (and our opinion) with you. All opinions are our own.

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