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Pasadena Conservatory of Music - Pasadena - Presents:
Holiday Sing and Play-Along

Sunday, 12/16/2018

PCM’s Adult Studies Department welcomes singers and musicians of all skill levels to join us for our festive holiday sing & play-along! Bring your holiday spirit, friends, ukulele, recorder, or just your voice!

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Brentwood Presbyterian Church - Los Angeles - Presents:
Six Days to Bethlehem

12/9/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Sunday, 12/16/2018)

In “Six Days to Bethlehem,” a new Christmas musical, Mary and Joseph journey with Joseph's cousins, Keshet and Leah, and their daughters. Keshet struggles with the promise of God’s word compared to the harsh reality of the world. Finally, at the manger, Keshet finds God's promise fulfilled in the newborn child.

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Scott Lehmduhl, Artistic Director - Pasadena - Presents:
Christmas is Coming

Sunday, 12/16/2018

Pasadena Pro Musica presents a wonderful Christmas concert under the artistic direction of Scott Lehmkuhl featuring the Oratorio de Noel by Camille Saint-Saens.

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Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley - Mission Viejo - Presents:
Christmas With The Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley

Sunday, 12/16/2018

Charles Stephenson, Artistic Director Adam Bravo, Piano Accompanist Featuring: The Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley singing music of the holiday season. Instrumental Accompaniment provided by members of the Community Youth Orchestra, Gene Wie Conductor.

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UCSB Arts & Lectures - Santa Barbara - Presents:
The Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Show

Sunday, 12/16/2018

One year to the originally scheduled date, we’re thrilled to welcome back this roof-raising music event! Six-time Grammy Award-winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform hidden gospel gems along with holiday standards and original songs.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale - Los Angeles - Presents:
Handel's Messiah | Los Angeles Master Chorale

Sunday, 12/16/2018

Conducted by Grant Gershon The perennially popular Handel’s Messiah jubilantly conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale is a Christmastime concert experience not to be missed.

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Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble - Anaheim - Presents:
Joyeux Noel

Sunday, 12/16/2018

Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble rings in the holiday season with choral masterpieces including Poulenc's Gloria, Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio, and Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus - Pasadena - Presents:
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Annual Winter Concert

12/9/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Sunday, 12/16/2018)

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Presents Annual Winter Concert, “Winter Wonderland: Sounds of The Season,” First Stand-Alone Program Led by New Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Multi-Media Holiday Program Includes Eclectic Array of Festival Carols,Seasonal Songs from Venezuela and Winter-Themed Works by Bach, Kodály, Elgar, Verdi, Saint-Saëns and Others

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Pasadena Master Chorale - Pasadena - Presents:
A Mother's Christmas

Saturday, 12/15/2018

Pasadena Master Chorale presents “A Mother’s Christmas” - a seasonal program of holiday music by women composers including Ave Maria by Brown Freshman/Westridge grad Katherine Beggs and an arrangement of Angels We Have Heard on High by PMC member/composer Jen Wang

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McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts - Palm Desert - Presents:
Mariachi Sol de Mexico de José Hernàndez

Sunday, 12/16/2018

MERRI-ACHI CHRISTMAS Merri-Achi Christmas returns to the McCallum Theatre in a colorful and traditional Mexican holiday celebration full of seasonal songs, dance, and festive merriment. Headlining the exciting extravaganza is one of the nation’s premier ensembles, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de José Hernàndez.

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Cygnet Theatre - San Diego - Presents:
A Christmas Carol

11/28/2018 - 12/30/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Cygnet’s holiday smash hit is back for its fifth season! Bring the family back to enjoy the holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption. This re-imagined, fully staged production features original new music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects.

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North Coast Repertory Theatre - Solana Beach - Presents:
Always...Patsy Cline

12/12/2018 - 12/30/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

In a departure from the usual holiday fare, North Coast Repertory Theatre proudly presents Always...Patsy Cline, a dramatic musical experience certain to thrill fans of the iconic singer.

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Spreckels Organ Society - San Diego - Presents:
Spreckels Organ Concerts

12/7/2018 - 1/27/2019 (next performance: Sunday, 12/16/2018)

The Spreckels Organ is located in the heart of San Diego’s Balboa Park. The Spreckels Organ Society and San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez present 8 opportunities to hear the world's largest outdoor musical instrument in the month of December, including a special evening concert, a Christmas Carol Sing-along, and a New Year's Day concert.

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Friends of Sundays Live & LACMA - Los Angeles - Presents:
Sundays Live

7/1/2018 - 1/27/2019 (next performance: Sunday, 12/16/2018)

Sundays Live presents FREE weekly classical chamber music concerts and recitals by premier professional artists from Southern California and around the world. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6:00PM on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation - Yorba Linda - Presents:
Nixon Library Family Concert Series

12/16/2018 - 7/28/2019 (next performance: Sunday, 12/16/2018)

FREE FAMILY CONCERT SERIES Free concerts are held Sundays, except when otherwise noted, and are open to the public.

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Inland Pacific Ballet - Riverside - Presents:
The Nutcracker - Inland Pacific Ballet - Riverside

12/15/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with family and friends at southern California's most spectacular production of The Nutcracker. This traditional holiday ballet features dazzling sets, beautiful costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage.

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Center Theater Group - Los Angeles - Presents:
Come From Away

11/27/2018 - 1/6/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

This New York Times Critics' Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. "Definitely one of our FEATURED events. GO!- Performing Arts LIVE"

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The Old Globe - San Diego - Presents:
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

11/1/2018 - 12/29/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 21st incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays

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Laguna Beach Chamber Singers - Laguna Beach - Presents:
Gloria and Glorious!

Saturday, 12/15/2018

Gloria and Glorious! Laguna Beach Chamber Singers Winter holiday concert on Saturday , December 15th @ St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Laguna Beach, 7-8.30pm

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The Broad Stage - Santa Monica - Presents:
Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen UnScripted

12/14/2018 - 12/22/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

A beloved Broad Stage tradition, Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen UnScripted features completely improvised, full-length plays in the style of one of the world’s greatest writers. Experience the company’s razor-sharp wit as the performers start with audience suggestions and deftly create a world of love-struck girls, brooding noblemen and charming cads.

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Geffen Playhouse - Los Angeles - Presents:
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

12/7/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife) brings new life to the greatest ghost story ever told. While the heart of A Christmas Carol is evergreen, Mays' fresh perspective on Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the rest will create a wildly theatrical and original experience.

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Vanguard University Theatre Department - Costa Mesa - Presents:
ACTC's Christmas Cabaret

12/13/2018 - 12/23/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

After you see the world premiere of Once Upon a Christmas Time, come back to get a second dose of Christmas spirit with ACTC’s brand new variety style cabaret. With a different program each year, it is sure to invite, delight, and excite. This song and dance show will highlight sacred and popular Christmas folk tunes with six of the most talented professionals in Orange County!

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CAP UCLA - Los Angeles - Presents:
Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce

12/14/2018 - 12/15/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

The incomparable Taylor Mac returns to Los Angeles to share a little holiday sass. He’ll reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate with his own brand of magic.

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Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles - Glendale - Presents:
Holiday Spectacular: Calling All Angels

12/15/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

We are back with our annual tradition the LA Times calls, “Supremely magical!” GMCLA’s Holiday Spectacular is themed “Calling All Angels” this year. Prepare for choral classics like “Silent Night,” emotional ballads like “Angel Down,” and fun tunes like, “Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man.”

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Third@First Concert Series - Pasadena - Presents:
Christmas Joy Concert

Saturday, 12/15/2018

Enjoy a variety of holiday music performed by choirs of all ages, handbells, the Modern Brass Quintet, piano and pipe organ at this free annual event. Featured will be an arrangement of favorite carols, A CHRISTMAS GARLAND, by Bay Area composer Conrad Susa. The church’s Chancel Choir will be joined by brass, percussion and the church’s majestic pipe organ for this medley.

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American Ballet Theatre - Costa Mesa - Presents:
The Nutcracker - American Ballet Theatre

12/14/2018 - 12/23/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree!

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Long Beach Chorale & Chamber Orchestra - Long Beach - Presents:
Saint-Saëns: Christmas Oratorio

12/15/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Long Beach Chorale & Chamber Orchestra Presents Saint-Saëns: Christmas Oratorio Welcome the season with a program of holiday cheer highlighted by Camille Saint-Saëns delectable Oratorio de Noël, composed in 1858 and beloved ever since! We’ll be joined by strings, harp, organ, and a quintet of stellar soloists for this holiday favorite, plus plenty more musical cheer.

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Performing Arts Workshop - Oceanside - Presents:
The Nutcracker presented by Performing Arts Workshop

12/15/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Performing Arts Workshop and PAW Studio Company present the family friendly holiday classic, The Nutcracker. This year features guest artists Preston Swovelin, and Ryan Walker courtesy of San Diego Ballet.

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San Luis Obispo RepertoryTheatre - San Luis Obispo - Presents:
A Christmas Story

11/30/2018 - 12/23/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

SLO REP presents A CHRISTMAS STORY, the holiday classic about young Ralphie Parker and his quest for a genuine Red Ryder BB Gun. Back by popular demand for the fifth year in a row, A CHRISTMAS STORY runs Nov. 30-Dec. 23, Wednesdays-Sundays at 7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

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LA Opera - Los Angeles - Presents:
Hansel and Gretel

11/17/2018 - 12/15/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

An enchanting classic filled with holiday magic. The beloved fairy take becomes grand opera with 12-foot-tall creatures, fantastical sets, elaborate special effects and an epic score conducted by James Conlon. This entrancing, dreamlike production will transport you to a magical world of wonder and surprise.

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The Old Globe - San Diego - Presents:
Looking for Christmas

11/11/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

A world premiere American musical about family, loyalty, and the magic of Christmas from country music legend Clint Black, inspired by his 1995 chart-topping holiday album. Amid the commotion of the holidays, Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf returns from Afghanistan and home to his family.

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Inkwell Theater - Los Angeles - Presents:
Sisters Three

12/14/2018 - 1/20/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Sisters Three pays homage to the Brontë sisters, and their brother Patrick. After a family tragedy, Charlotte has dropped out of society and joined a no-technology commune on Gondol Island. EJ and Anne are building a canoe to rescue her. As individual secrets and desires are becoming more apparent, it is threatening to tear the sisters apart.

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San Diego Civic Youth Ballet - San Diego - Presents:
"The Nutcracker" in Balboa Park

12/12/2018 - 12/23/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Take an extraordinary journey to the magical Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Witness an epic battle between toy soldiers and mice before being whisked away to an enchanting land of falling snow, waltzing flowers, and the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy!

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Coronado Playhouse - Coronado - Presents:
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

11/16/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

The ultimate story of parental favoritism & sibling rivalry! One of the most enduring musicals of the last 50 years, Joseph is the irresistible family show about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

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State Street Ballet - Santa Barbara - Presents:
The Nutcracker - State Street Ballet

12/15/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

State Street Ballet brings this annual favorite to the grandeur of The Granada Theatre. Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and the talented students of Gustafson Dance join State Street Ballet’s professional dancers in this celebration of the magic of the holiday season. Three performances only!

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Lythgoe Family Panto - Pasadena - Presents:
Lythgoe Family Panto’s "The Wonderful Winter of Oz"

12/15/2018 - 12/30/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

This Holiday Season, fly over the rainbow with Kermit The Frog® as the Wizard of Oz and Tony Award-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray) as Glinda in Lythgoe Family Panto’s THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ. December 15 - 30 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. TIX: https://goo.gl/cKuyoz

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Ballet Repertory Theatre - Huntington Beach - Presents:
Ballet Repertory Theatre's Nutcracker

12/8/2018 - 12/24/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Enjoy Ballet Repertory Theatre’s cherished 42-year-old tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale - Los Angeles - Presents:
Festival of Carols | Los Angeles Master Chorale

12/8/2018 - 12/15/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

The Los Angeles Master Chorale's annual selection of treasured carols and holiday songs. Conducted by Grant Gershon

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Pasadena Symphony - Pasadena - Presents:
Holiday Candlelight

Saturday, 12/15/2018

Top the holiday season and enjoy fully reserved seating arrangements in the architecturally exquisite and acoustically sonorous All Saints Church.

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Whittier College - Whittier - Presents:
Navidad en Whittier with Danza Floricanto/USA

Saturday, 12/15/2018

Celebrate the season as one of the top Folklorico companies in the United States brings the traditional dances of a Mexican Christmas to the stage of the Shannon Center. Celebre la temporada mientras una de las mejores compañias de folklorico trae los bailes tradicionales de Navidad mexicana al escenario del Shannon Center.

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LA Phil - Los Angeles - Presents:
Holiday Sing-Along

Saturday, 12/22/2018

Artists Melissa Peterman, host John Sutton, conductor Angeles Chorale, performer About This Performance Walt Disney Concert Hall’s massive pipe organ, a choir, and a jazz combo lead a cheerful selection of seasonal favorites in this beloved Los Angeles holiday tradition. A jolly good time!? Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

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The Music Center - Los Angeles - Presents:
59th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

Monday, 12/24/2018

L.A.’s largest holiday celebration is perfect for the whole family! Join this year’s co-hosts, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actor Brian White (TV series Ambitions, Bronx SIU, Ray Donovan), as over 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season. The entire 3-hr show will air live on PBS Socal,KCET.

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Rogue Machine Theatre - Venice - Presents:
Oppenheimer

10/26/2018 - 12/30/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

It’s 1939, in Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists recognize the horrendous potential of this new science: a weapon that draws its power from the very building blocks of the universe. Ambitious and charismatic, J. Robert Oppenheimer finds himself uniquely placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in all of human history, the Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale - Los Angeles - Presents:
Messiah Sing-Along | Los Angeles Master Chorale

Monday, 12/17/2018

38th Annual Messiah Sing-Along where the audience is the chorus! Conducted by Grant Gershon The LA Master Chorale's popular do-it-yourself version of Handel’s "Messiah," where the audience is the chorus, returns! This will be the 38th Annual Messiah Sing-Along and is sure to pack the house. Bring your own score or purchase one in the lobby.

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The Fountain Theatre - Los Angeles - Presents:
Cost of Living

10/17/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

The West Coast premiere of Martyna Majoks gripping and surprisingly funny play, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Achingly human, and surprisingly funny! The Fountain Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of Cost of Living, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Martyna Majok.

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LC Master Chorale - Torrance - Presents:
"The Most Classic Holiday Music Ever"

Sunday, 12/16/2018

Renowned Metropolitan Opera tenor, Aaron Blake, joins the chorale for a delightful evening of classic holiday favorites including Robert Shaw's "Many Moods of Christmas" with orchestra.

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The Group Rep - North Hollywood - Presents:
A Carol Christmas

11/16/2018 - 12/30/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

The Group Rep presents a new musical version of the immortal Charles Dickens classic set in America today, book by Doug Haverty, Music/Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel, directed by Bruce Kimmel, orchestrations by Richard Allen, and choreography by Kay Cole, produced by Gina Yates and Kevin Hoffman.

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Odyssey Theatre Ensemble - Los Angeles - Presents:
Steambath

10/20/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Comedian/actor Paul Rodriguez stars in a revival of Bruce Jay Friedman's razor-sharp comedy at Odyssey Theatre. What if God turned out to be a Puerto Rican steam bath attendant, assisted by a butler named Gottlieb?

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The Chance Theater - Anaheim - Presents:
A Charlie Brown Christmas

12/7/2018 - 12/23/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a present the whole family can enjoy!

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OB Theatre Company - San Diego - Presents:
Scrooge in Rouge

11/30/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

This quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic is set in a Victorian music hall. The Royal Music Hall Twenty-Member Variety Players are beset with a widespread case of food poisoning. This leaves only three surviving members to soldier on through a performance of A Christmas Carol. The undaunted trio gamely face missed cues, ill-fitting costumes, and solving the problem o

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Hollywood Pantages Theatre - Los Angeles - Presents:
Wicked

11/28/2018 - 1/27/2019 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent.

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OB Theatre Company - San Diego - Presents:
Elf Jr. the Musical

11/23/2018 - 12/16/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh r

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Sierra Madre Playhouse - Sierra Madre - Presents:
A Christmas Story

11/23/2018 - 12/30/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

Ralphie Parker and his family's most memorable Christmas. From humorist Jean Shepherd. Our holiday hit of last Christmas season is back this year with some new cast members and more fun.

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Redlands Symphony Orchestra - Redlands - Presents:
A Christmas Carol: The Concert

Saturday, 12/15/2018

Feel your holiday spirits rise with the spectacle of our full orchestra, the Inland Master Chorale, and a cast of singing actors. Be inspired by Scrooge’s timeless transformation as we bring Dickens’ classic to life through engaging songs and enchanting music- including the Emmy nominated song, “No Trouble.”

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Center Theatre Group - Culver City - Presents:
Dixie's Tupperware Party

11/28/2018 - 12/30/2018 (next performance: Saturday, 12/15/2018)

"I was laughing too hard to breathe!" - Los Angeles Times This hilarious off-Broadway smash returns to Los Angeles, featuring Dixie Longate, the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party out of the living and into the 21st century.

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