Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins at the Puppet Co. Theatre

The Puppet Co. Theatre is under new ownership this holiday season and with that the theatre will be showing their popular version of The Nutcracker for the 33rd year!

But this year they have also added a new show, Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins. This is a welcome addition to the holiday show scene.

About The Show

Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins is based on the book of the same name.

In a small village, Goblins have taken over the synagogue and have forbidden anyone to celebrate Hanukkah. Herschel bravely decides to confront the Goblins and restore the celebration to the village.

Instead of staying at home with his family on Hanukkah, Herschel instead decides to spend all eight nights of the holiday at the synagogue where he confronts a different Goblin each night. The puppet-Goblins are all every different from one another.

The kids at the show I saw particularly liked the Goblin with three eyes who has hard time seeing. There is also a Goblin dressed like a knight that got big laughs. On the last night of Hanukkah Herschel finally convinces the Goblin Queen to allow the villagers to light the menorah.

Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins at Puppet Co Theatre in Glen Echo Park
Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins at Puppet Co Theatre in Glen Echo Park

In doing so, he frees the Queen from her Goblin form. Herschel is a hero and celebrated throughout the village for breaking the Goblin curse.

Shows at the Puppet Co. Theatre are always well done and a lot of fun for kids and grown-ups. Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins is no different! 

Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a great (and rare) opportunity for families who celebrate Hanukkah to see their own celebrations in a holiday show.

It’s also a great way for kids who don’t celebrate Hanukkah to learn about holiday traditions other than their own.

Good to Know Before You Go

  • Seating is first-come first served with the front of the theatre reserved for children only.
  • No strollers are allowed in the theatre, but there is stroller parking just outside.
  • The show runs about 40 minutes.
  • If your child can’t sit through the show, the performance is broadcast live to a monitor in the lobby so you can keep watching.
  • There is free parking in the Glen Echo parking lot, but it can take about 10 minutes to walk from the lot to the theatre with kids so be sure to leave enough time!
  • Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins runs through January 2nd.  Tickets are $15. Everyone 2 and older needs a ticket.  Buy tickets here or at the box office.
  • There is a special show the first night of Hanukkah, November 28th. If you see a show during Hanukkah (November 28 – December 5) you will receive a special gift! 
  • When going to Glen Echo for the show, be sure to spend some time in the park’s fun playground. The carousel is closed for the season.
  • Proof of vaccination for everyone 12 and up is required. Masks are required for everyone. 
  • Group rates are available.

By Jamie Davis Smith

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Jamie Davis Smith

Jamie has lived in Washington, DC for more than twenty years and she loves exploring all the area has to offer with her four children.