Urban Nutcracker: A true Boston story, local dance legend Tony Williams reimagined the classic holiday tale to become a Boston inner-city story with a neon-buzz, blending the rhythms of Duke Ellington with the classical music of Tchaikovsky. Annually, 150 performers – including professional ballet dancers – take the stage to showcase a broad diversity of dance forms celebrating multicultural Boston. Join heroine Clarice as she explores iconic Boston scenes such as Make Way for Ducklings, Top of the Hub, Chinatown, and the Boston Public Garden. The delightful story continues by following the magical journey of Clarice and her Nutcracker guide through classical ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, flamenco, and more.
“You really don’t get more “original” than Williams’ version of The Nutcracker that features people who reflect the increasingly diverse neighborhoods of Boston and, frankly, many other metro areas in the United States.” — The Boston Globe
There will be a Sensory Friendly performance on Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30pm. This performance is ideal for families with autism and for families with very young children
Tickets and more information at: http://urbannutcracker.com/
Carols at Midnight: French Christmas Music 1500-1700: The Boston Camerata present a cornucopia of French Christmas music for voices, viols, flutes, harp, and organ. Serene liturgies from the Burgundian Court will mingle with late Renaissance and early Baroque carols and dances. A candlelit performance of Charpentier’s beloved Messe de Minuit is the centerpiece of the evening.
Tickets and more information at: https://bostoncamerata.org/the-programs/#program-22
A Christmas Carol: Celebrate the holiday season with New England’s largest production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol! The show is refined and revised each year, and the 10th Anniversary production, adapted by President and CEO Troy Siebels, will feature more magic than ever before.
You know the story and you love the message of redemption, but you’ll never see another Christmas Carol like this one. New and returning cast members tell the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. This brilliant musical, set with timeless music, colorful costumes, and spectacular scenery and lighting, follows Scrooge as he discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. The show features an array of spectacles from different kinds of smoke and fog to spectacular flying stunts, plus, of course the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, New England’s largest theatre pipe organ.
Tickets and more information at: http://thehanovertheatre.org/ACC2017
A Charlie Brown Christmas in Arlington: Don’t miss everyone’s favorite holiday television special LIVE in BCT’s stage production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and all the Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas pageant and ultimately learn the true meaning of Christmas. Complete with the little Christmas fir tree, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a present the whole family can enjoy!
Run time is 50 minutes with no intermission
Recommended for ages 4 and up
Tickets and more information at: http://bostonchildrenstheatre.org/season66/charliebrownchristmas/
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: The wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. It’s a joyful tribute to the holiday season!
“Such a playful spirit romps through ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, you might think the show itself was a product of Santa’s workshop.” – The Washington Post
Run time is 60 minutes with no intermission
Tickets and more information at: http://www.greaterbostonstage.org/twas-the-night-before-christmas.html