Your ultimate guide to live holiday entertainment around SoCal

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First, an apology: We were unable to scrape a porridge into a pear tree. But you’ll find 10 “Nutcrackers” cracking, four “Christmas Carols” caroling, three “Messiah” singing, one “Grinch” A-grinching and much more on our supersized list of live holiday entertainment at Southern California locations. Before you leave, remember to call or check online for reservation requirements and other COVID-19 protocols.

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Now till 31st December
‘Doctor. Seuss ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’
Green Meaney is up to his old tricks in this musical adaptation of the animated 1966 TV special based on the children’s book. Old Globe, Donald and Darlene Shilly Stage, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, San Diego. $19 and up. (619) 234-5623.

Now till 26th December
‘Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show’
A San Diego-focused dispatch of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday legend. Old Globe, Sherrill and Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, San Diego. $37 and up. (619) 234-5623.


November 26-27
Cookin’ With The Gas Holiday Edition
Improvised comedic sketches based on audience suggestions. The Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., LA $20. (323) 934-4747.


November 26-December. 24
‘The Nutcracker Suit’
The LA-based American Contemporary Ballet began its 10th season with the company’s favorite holiday staging. ACB Studio, 926 N. Sycamore Ave., 6th Floor, LA $25-$140. (213) 304-3408.

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November 27-28, December 4-5
The Westside Ballet of Santa Monica performs with special guest dancers, including former company member Daniela Zhou. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $50. (800) 595-4849.

A scene from the Westside Ballet’s staging of “The Nutcracker.”
(Todd Letchick / Westside Ballet)

November 27
‘A Nutcracker Story’
Lumia Dance Company mixes dance, circus art, and LED technology in this family-friendly update of the holiday classic. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. $32, $62.

November 28
89th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
The annual event that puts the tinsel in Tinseltown returns with floats, marching bands, character balloons, famous faces riding in classic cars, and of course, Santa. Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue to Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood. Grandstand Seating: $85; Curbside Seating: Free.

November 29
‘Christmas from the Celtic Table’
Family-friendly concerts feature Irish dancing, music, and storytelling. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. $30-$80. (949) 854-4646.

December 1-January 1
‘Christmas Carol’
“The West Wings” Bradley Whitford stars stingy Ebenezer Scrooge in the Tony-winning Old Vic production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday fable. “Scandal” Kate Burton also stars. Ahmanson Theatre, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Downtown LA $40-$150. (213) 628-2772.

A man in a period dress tied with chains clashes with another man in a period dress.
Chris Hoch, left, and Bradley Whitford in “A Christmas Carol” at the Ahmason Theater.
(Joan Marcus)

December 1-31
‘Love Actually Live’
This immersive celebration of the Weddy British 2003 holiday rom-com returns. With Rex Smith. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. $39-$125. (310) 746-4000.

December 3
‘A Baroque Christmas’
The St. Matthew’s Music Guild presents a program that includes a sing-along Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades. $35.

December 3-18
‘Cabaret Macabre Christmas’
Leave the kids 17 and up at home for this scary/sexy late-night burlesque show. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. $20, $25.

December 3-19
‘Fruit Cake Follies’
Campy sendup of a classic Christmas variety special from days gone by. The Cavern Club, Casita del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Avenue, Silver Lake. $40.

December 3 and 4
‘The Virgin of Guadalupe, God Inantzin’
The Latino Theater Company presents its annual reenactment of the visits of the Virgin Mary with farmer Juan Diego in 16th-century Mexico; In Spanish with English supertitle. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Downtown LA Free; Donations accepted; Reserved Seating: $45. (213) 489-0994.

a woman wearing an ornate hood
Esperanza America at the Latino Theater Company’s staging of “La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin”.
(Andrew Vasquez / Latino Theater Company)

December 3
‘Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas’
The veteran entertainer sings a selection of holiday favorites, shows tunes and his hits backed by a live orchestra. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos. $70-$110. (562) 916-8500.

December 3-24
‘Santa Claus is coming’ to Motown
Local favorite Troubies – or more formally, Troubadour Theater Company – make a comeback with a brand new musical-comedy mashup. Get your tickets before you go. The Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W Riverside Drive, Burbank. $75. (818) 955-8101.

December 3-25
‘Santasia: A Holiday Comedy’
The long-running, award-winning, nostalgia-filled variety show returns. For ages 13 and up. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. $30.

December 3-18
‘Snow Globe Groundlings’
The improv-comedy troupe presents its annual holiday show. The Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., LA $25. (310) 855-0350.

December 4 and 8
‘Carols by Candlelight’
The Pacific Chorale showcases sacred and secular favorites. Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 2100 March Vista Drive, Newport Beach. $25-$70. (714) 662-2345.

Three people hold candles while singing.
Singers perform at Prashant Chorel’s annual holiday show “Carols by Candlelight”.
(Drew Kelly / Pacific Coral)

December 4-23
‘Christmas Carol’
A Noise In co-artistic director Geoff Elliott reprises his role as Scrooge in a production of LA’s longest-running holiday favorite; A critic’s choice. A Shore Within, 3352 E. Foothills Blvd., Pasadena. $25 and up; Discount is available. (626) 356-3100.

December 4-26
‘Christmas Carol’
South Coast Rape’s staging of the Dickens classic is still going strong after more than four decades. South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $34-$84; Discount is available. (714) 708-5555.

December 4 and 11
‘Festival of Carols’
The Los Angeles Master Chorale performs holiday favorites from around the world in a pair of family-friendly afternoon concerts. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Downtown LA $43-$146. (213) 972-7282.

December 4-5
‘Illuminate the world’
Angel City Chorale – as seen in “America’s Got Talent” – returns to live performance with this holiday show. UCLA’s Royce Hall, 10745 Dixon Court, Westwood. $40-$110.

December 4-5
‘Merry-Achi Christmas’
With Mariachi Sol de México by Jose Hernández, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and DanzArts Sabor Mexico Dance Company. Cerritos Center, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos. $35-$86. (562) 916-8500.

December 4-5, 11-12, 17-19 and 23-26
The Los Angeles Ballet is back with its annual touring production of the Tchaikovsky classic. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Boulevard, Glendale; Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, also at Redondo Beach; UCLA’s Royce Hall, 10745 Dixon Court, Westwood; Dolby Theater (with live orchestra), Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. $34-$131; Discount is available. (310) 998-7782.

A ballerina dances in front of a line of other ballerinas.
A scene from the Los Angeles Ballet’s staging of “The Nutcracker.”
(Reed Hutchinson / Los Angeles Ballet)

December 4
‘pliers for kids’
The Pacific Symphony and Festival Ballet Theater stages a performance of this pared-down version of the holiday favorite on two Saturday mornings. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $12 and up. (714) 755-5799.

December 4-5
“Winter Tales”
The New West Symphony performs seasonal favorites and the world premiere of Pauline Frechette’s suite “Tales of Winter” for Orchestra and Ballet. Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Also at the Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center, 4235 March Vista Drive, Camarillo. $30 and up. (866) 776-8400.

December 5-19
‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
The Peanuts Gang learns the reason for the season in this stage adaptation of the classic 1965 animated TV special. Chance Theatre, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. $20-$35. (888) 455-4212.

December 5
‘Handle’s Glorious Messiah’
The Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale join forces for the epic 18th-century speech of the Baroque-era composer. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 755-5799. $49 and up.

December 5
Hanukkah Festival
Featuring folk groups Zingarella and Klezmer bands Yale Strom and Hot Pastromy as well as a live DJ, storytelling and hands-on arts and crafts demonstrations. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Brentwood. $13-$18; Less than 2, free.

December 5-29
‘Robin Hood and Made Marion: A Holiday Panto’
The Sherwood Forest bandit tale gets a disco-inspired twist in this family-friendly Rome. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. $26-$71. (949) 497-2787.

December 6
Repeat ‘The Sounding Joy! A Concordia Christmas’
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