You can admit it — you’ve got Christmas music playing on repeat all throughout your house, when you’re driving around in your car, even on your phone when you’re working out.
But if you’re looking to mix it up a little bit, why not meet up with some friends or family and go enjoy a concert, ballet, musical or other performance. These productions will liven up your season by putting you in the spirit and reminding you of the meaning of the holiday.
Ballet Theatre Of Maryland Presents “The Nutcracker”
Maryland’s premier professional ballet company invites you to the most famous Christmas party of all. This classic ballet tells of young Clara’s adventures with her Nutcracker Prince as he saves her from the villainous rat army and whisks her away to the Kingdom of Sweets. Performances at Maryland Hall are December 9-10 and 16-17 with matinee and evening performance options. For information, visit www.balletmaryland.org.
Chesapeake Ballet Company Presents “The Nutcracker”
This community ballet company featuring talented children from all across the area will bring its rendition of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Christmas tale to the stage December 9 through 17 at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis. Tickets are on sale now. For information, visit www.chesapeakeballetcompany.com.
“Home For Christmas” At Chesapeake Arts Center
Baltimore's most popular Christmas comedy event is back one more time so you can gather, laugh and remember what is best about the holidays! Join Spencer "Slash" Humm, the Christmas ninjas and many of your favorite performers as they take you on another magical holiday journey with music, charity and comedy for the whole family. The audience is encouraged to come wearing pajamas to recreate the feeling of watching the special from the comfort of home. Performances are December 9-10 and 16-17 with evening and matinee options. For tickets, visit www.chesapeakearts.org.
Colonial Players Presents “It’s A Wonderful Life”
Perhaps the most popular holiday movie of all time, “It’s a Wonderful Life” takes the Colonial Players stage December 1 through 10. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve but is saved by a bumbling guardian angel who helps him find his self-worth. For information, visit www.thecolonialplayers.org.
Live Arts Maryland Presents “A Celebration Of Christmas”
The longest-running holiday event in the area, “A Celebration of Christmas” features the Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra performing a joyous blend of favorites such as “White Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Sleigh Ride” and others. The audience gets into the act too with a special holiday carol sing-along with Maestro J. Ernest Green. This concert, set for December 8, sells out quickly. Visit www.liveartsmaryland.org for tickets.
Toby's Dinner Theatre Presents “Miracle On 34th Street”
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. This professional troupe tackles the musical adaptation of the popular holiday film about a young girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus until a very special white-bearded old man changes her mind. This stage production — which runs November 16 through January 7 — makes a perfect holiday treat for the entire family, proving that dreams do come true if you believe. For tickets, visit www.tobysdinnertheatre.com.
Encore Chorale Presents Annual Holiday Concert
The Anne Arundel County chapter of the nation’s largest choral program for adults 55 and older will present a free holiday choral concert on December 17 at the Pascal Center for the Performing Arts on the Anne Arundel Community College campus. The chorale will perform a variety of pieces, including “Nutcracker Jingle,” “December Rose,” “Hanukkah Flame,” “Festival Gloria” and more. For more information, visit www.encorecreativity.org.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company Presents “A Christmas Carol”
Charles Dickens’ timeless classic gets a new adaptation in this staging by a local company with a knack for the classics. With a script by artistic director Sally Boyett and direction by resident director Donald Hicken, Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s “A Christmas Carol” follows miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three spirits who teach him the meaning of Christmas. For information, visit www.annapolisshakespeare.org.
Rams Head’s Holiday Lineup
Rams Head Group has holiday concerts aplenty planned this year at several locations, encompassing nearly every genre and guaranteeing something to put just about everyone in the spirit of the season. Whether it’s country, pop, Motown, rock or R&B, your preferred genre of music is sure to get Christmasfied at one of these upcoming concerts.
Rams Head will bring Melissa Etheridge to Maryland Hall on November 20, followed by Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar, also at Maryland Hall, on December 21.
Rams Head On Stage will host Norman Brown’s “Joyous Christmas” on November 26, Kris Allen’s “Somthin' About Christmas” tour on November 29, “Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration” on December 3, “Fantasia: Christmas After Midnight” on December 4, “An Annapolis Christmas” on December 11 and 12, Bryce and Bethany Merritt’s “Christmas With The Mrs.” On December 18 and “Street Corner Symphony & Gabe Dixon: Christmas Show” on December 19.
Rams Head Live will present “WPOC Acoustic Christmas” featuring Lee Brice and friends on December 13, and “Nghtmre Before Xmas” featuring NGHTMRE, Valentino Khan and Justin Caruso on December 21.
For tickets to any Rams Head show, visit www.ramsheadgroup.com.
Pasadena Theatre Company Presents “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
This community theater production brings all the whimsy and warmth of Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic to the stage in a colorful musical set to run at Anne Arundel Community College’s Humanities Recital Hall on December 2-3, 9-10 and 15-17. For more information, call or text 410-440-8488.
Woods Memorial Church Presents “Forevermore”
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church presents an original Christmas musical, “Forevermore,” on December 9 and 10 at 7:00pm. The production follows the Armstrong family as they learn that no matter how busy life gets, it’s more important to slow down and cherish each moment with the people around you. Featuring a chamber orchestra, organ, dancers, handbells, adult choir, youth choir, children’s choir, praise band and the new high school youth praise band SEEK, “Forevermore” celebrates the meaning of Christmas in a compact 70-minute production that’s free and open to the community.
Woods will also host a “Messiah” sing-along on December 16, featuring the church’s choir soloists as well as an organist and harpsichordist. The string quartet will consist of members of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. Together, everyone — including the audience — will sing the first part of Handel’s “Messiah.” After the concert, all are invited into Fellowship Hall for finger food.
For more information, visit www.woodschurch.org.
Talent Machine Presents “Jingle All The Way”
Join the Talent Machine Company to celebrate with its annual holiday show, this year titled “Jingle All The Way” and set to run December 15-17 and 20-23. The production will feature some traditional holiday music as well as some energetic new numbers sure to please audiences of all ages. Favorite characters — including Frosty and Rudolph — will be part of the show. For tickets, visit www.talentmachine.com.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concerts
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has several holiday concerts planned, beginning with Handel’s “Messiah” on December 9 and 10. A perennial favorite and BSO tradition, no holiday season is complete without the magnitude and sheer joy of the Hallelujah chorus. Performed annually since 1982, the BSO’s beloved “Messiah” with Edward Polochick has become a staple of the season.
After that, it’s “Home for the Holidays,” a heartwarming program of Christmas favorites, on December 16 and 17. Classics included will be “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “Sleigh Ride” and “O Holy Night.”
BSO’s holiday lineup concludes with the Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular on December 22 and 23. The jaw-dropping magic of Cirque comes to the concert hall as the BSO musicians are joined by acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, balancers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists from above.
For information on any performances, visit www.bsomusic.org.
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Hosts Byron Stripling For “Holiday Swing”
With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and virtuosic trumpet sound, Byron Stripling joins Annapolis Symphony on Friday, December 15, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts with “Holiday Swing,” a light-up-the-holiday concert full of yuletide joy and everyone’s favorite seasonal tunes. For information, visit www.annapolissymphony.org.
Chesapeake Christian Center Presents “How To Have The Best Christmas Ever”
Chesapeake Christian Center is proud to present this dramatic musical comedy for the whole family on December 8 at 7:00pm and December 9 at 1:00pm and 7:00pm. Dinner will be served during each performance. For tickets and information, call 410-903-2420.