Theater

Professional/semi-professional

1812 Productions: Dave & Aaron Go to Work Wordless comedy about 2 men sharing a tiny apartment. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 215-592-9560. www.1812productions.org. $28-$38.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' holiday tale. Closes 12/28. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $20-$70.

A Christmas Carol An adaptation faithful to the original. Closes 12/24. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $32; $29 seniors; $10 students.

A Christmas Carol New comic adaptation where 5 actors play 20+ characters. Closes 12/30. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $35-$49.

Aladdin: A Musical Panto The discovery of a magic lamp sets a young man off on a grand adventure. Closes 1/6. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $35-$55; $32-$52 children 17 and under.

America Rising: Quicksilver A young woman trapped in her run-down hometown may find an out in a newly arrived war-wounded merchant marine. Closes 12/17. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $15.

American Theater Arts for Youth: Beauty & the Beast The tale comes to life on stage. Closes 2/16. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-563-3501. www.atafy.org. $13.50-$16.

B. Someday Productions & Walking Fish Burlesque: The Young Adventures of Santa - A Yuletide Burlesque The story of Santa's unconventional early years. Closes 12/31. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255. $18.

Cape May Stage: A Tuna Christmas Hilarious sequel to 'Greater Tuna.' Closes 12/30. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. www.capemaystage.com. $35; $30 seniors; $15 students.

Cooking With The Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiano! 'Live broadcast' of a cable show hosted by 2 colorful Italian sisters. Closes 1/13. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. www.thecalamarisisters.com/cooking.html. $45.

Curio Theatre: The Real Inspector Hound Tom Stoppard's mystery comedy. Closes 12/29. Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 801 S. 48th St; 215-525-1350. www.curiotheatre.org. $10-$20.

Dr. Dolittle The tale of a veterinarian with the ability to speak to animals. Closes 1/27. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $54; $47 seniors; $37 children.

Freud's Last Session Hit play about an imagined meeting between C.S. Lewis & Sigmund Freud. Closes 12/23. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $36-$48.

Gerald Dickens: A Christmas Carol One-man performance. Closes 12/16. Byers' Choice, 4355 County Line Rd., Chalfont; 215-822-6700. geralddickens.com. $18.

 It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Staged reading of the Frank Capra classic, featuring live sound effects. Closes 12/30. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $29-$54.

Million Dollar Quartet Musical based on the true story of the 1-time-only recording session that brought together 4 music legends. Closes 12/16. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 1-800-447-7400. www.milliondollarquartetlive.com. $49.50-$152.

New City Stage Company: Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge Offbeat take on 'A Christmas Carol' told from the point of view of an exasperated Mrs. Cratchit. Closes 12/23. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-563-7500. newcitystage.org. $24-$26; $22 students and seniors.

Ocean City Theatre Company: Holiday Spectacular Show features talented cast, great choreography, colorful costumes & an eye-catching set. Closes 12/16. Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn & the Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-525-9291. oceancitytheatrecompany.com. $18; $15 seniors and children under 12.

Oh, What Fun Holiday-themed show feat. skits, songs & dancing. Closes 12/30. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $27-$33; $10-$15 students.

Peek-a-Boo Revue Philadelphia's premier burlesque show. Closes 12/16. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.peekaboorevue.com. $19.

Peek-a-Book Revue: It's a Wonderful Christmas Story Philadelphia's premier neo-burlesque ensemble. Closes 12/15. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. $20.

Plaid Tidings The boy band from 'Forever Plaid' returns to perform a mix of holiday favorites & hits from the '50s & '60s. Closes 12/30. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $35-$45.

The Bearded Ladies Innovative cabaret troupe whose performances incorporate songs, props, costume changes & drag. Closes 12/15. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $20-$25.

The Music Man A con man's schemes are thrown for a loop when he falls for a local woman. Closes 1/6. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

The Peek-A-Boo Revue Philadelphia's premier burlesque show. Closes 12/20. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. www.peekaboorevue.com. $25.

The Sexploitation Follies: Tim Burton Burlesque series featuring performances inspired by the films of various directors. Closes 12/15. PhilaMOCA (Philadelphia Mausoleum Of Contemporary Art), 531 N. 12th St. $12.

This Wonderful Life Theatrical adaptation of 'It's a Wonderful Life' in which one actor plays all the characters. Closes 12/23. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $35, $25 children 17 and under; $61, $51 children 17 and under includes dinner.

 Tribe of Fools: Heavy Metal Dance Fag The story of a dockworker with a fondness for tap dancing to '80s hair metal. Closes 12/15. Annenberg Center - Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701. $20-$30.

Winter Wonderettes Holiday revue featuring the Marvelous Wonderettes. Closes 12/30 Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown; 267-987-9865. $15-$31.

Family theater

A Velveteen Rabbit Christmas Holiday-themed musical adaptation of the children's book. Closes 12/29. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $12; $10 children.

American Family Theater: Beauty & the Beast A classic is brought to life on stage. Closes 12/16. Landis Theater, 818 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ. www.americanfamilytheater.com. $12.

Cinderella Fairy tale. Closes 1/27. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $34-$36; $20-$22 children 12-18; $16-$18 children under 17.

Firebird Children's Theatre: Winter Holiday Revue Kid-friendly musical comedy play featuring fun tunes. Closes 12/15. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. $10.

Mr. Malcolm's Musical Christmas Carol Stingy Malcolm O'Scrooge receives some unusual visitors on Christmas Eve. Closes 12/22. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, NJ; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $7-$9.

Murray the Elf & the Case of the Missing Mistletoe An elf must solve a mystery at the North Pole. Closes 12/23. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $12; $8 children.

Storybook Musical Theater: Alice in Wonderland Adaptation of the Lewis Carroll story. Closes 12/30. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; 215-659-8550. www.storybookmusical.org. $14; $12 children.

Storytime for the Holidays Program of tales w/opportunity to help create a new story. Closes 1/26. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children.

The Holiday Goose Comedic tale of old Italy, spiced up with song & dance to provide a sparkling new, fresh tale for this season. Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main St., Collegeville. duetpros.com/. $10.

The Snow Queen An evil queen ensorcels a young boy & his friend sets out to save him. Closes 12/16. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111. $10; $8 children 2-11; free under 2.

Wolf PAC: A Midsummer Night's Dream Romantic comedy about a love triangle, mistaken identities & faerie mischief. Closes 12/16. Rosemont College - McShain Performing Arts Center, 1400 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-642-0233. wolfperformingartscenter.org. $12-$18.

Wolf PAC: Jack & the Beanstalk Lighthearted take on the fairy tale. Closes 12/16. Rosemont College - McShain Performing Arts Center, 1400 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-642-0233. www.wolfperformingartscenter.org. $12-$18.

Community theater

A Grand Night for Singing Tribute to the composing team of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Closes 12/16. The Barn, 2011 Store Rd., Skippack; 610-584-4005. www.playcrafters.org. $10.

Actors' Net: You Can't Take It With You A girl brings her boyfriend & his wealthy parents to meet her rather unconventional family. Closes 12/16. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children 12 and under.

Big Musical adaptation of the movie. Closes 12/15. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $20.

ELFuego New holiday musical from BCKSEET Productions. Closes 12/29. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 267-603-3533. www.bckseet.com. $28; $21 seniors and students.

Headlong Performance Institute: She Measures the Storm Students present an evening of works in culmination of their semester of study. Closes 12/15. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. www.headlongperformanceinstitute.org. Free.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas Stage adaptation of the movie, featuring many of Berlin's best-known songs. Closes 12/15. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn. $15; $12 students and children.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play '40s radio play-style adaptation of Frank Capra's movie. Closes 12/15. Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn; Box Office: 610-296-9245. $14.

Oliver! Acting Naturally presents the musical based on Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Closes 12/16. Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State St., Newtown; 267-798-9165. www.actingnaturally.com. $20-$23.

Parfumerie New adaptation of the romantic Christmas play that inspired 'The Shop Around the Corner' & 'You've Got Mail.' Closes 12/16. McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown; 610-395-7176. ckplayers.com. $18; $14 seniors; $10 students.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Christmas play. Closes 12/16. Colonial Playhouse, Ridley Ave., Clifton Heights; Box Office: 610-622-5773. $8-$12.

There's a Burglar In My Bed An estranged couple separately plot to steal a valuable necklace, but their plans overlap with hilarious results. Closes 12/22. Off-Broad Street Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell; Reservations required: 609-466-2766.

Dinner theater

Let's Host a Murder A murder-themed party gets out of hand, turning all the guests into suspects. Ongoing. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. $45.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Adelante Trio that blends jazz, improvisational, world/folk, contemporary classical & ambient/electronic music. The Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature & Music (PSALM Salon), 5841 Overbrook Ave.; 215-477-7578. $16 advance; $20 day of show. 12/15. 8 pm.

Astral Artists: The Jasper Quartet Works by Haydn, Mendelssohn & others. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-0476. $20. 12/16. 3-4:30 pm.

Bucks County Choral Society: Annual Festival of Christmas Music Works by John Rutter & Giovanni Gabrieli plus carols, favorites, sing-alongs, & more. Our Lady of Guadalupe, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Rd., Doylestown; 215-598-6142. $10-$20. 12/15, 12/16.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Bach's Complete Brandenburgs All six Brandenburg concerti will be performed. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-5000. www.lincolncenter.org. 12/17. 7:30 pm.

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: American Masters Concert of works by Copland, Gershwin & John Williams, w/Dirk Brosse conducting. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.chamberorchestra.org. $24-$81. 12/16, 12/17.

Choral Arts Turns 30! Bach's Magnificat & Vivaldi's Gloria plus audience sing-along. First Baptist Church, 123 S. 17th St.; 267-240-2586. $20; $10 students. 12/16. 4 pm.

David Amram Described by the Boston Globe as "the Renaissance man of American music." The Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature & Music (PSALM Salon), 5841 Overbrook Ave.; 215-477-7578. www.davidamram.com/. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 12/14. 8 pm.

Eastern Wind Symphony: 'Tis the Season Concert of standard and contemporary holiday music. The College of New Jersey - Center for the Arts, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing. www.easternwindsymphony.org. $15; $10 seniors and students. 12/16. 4-6 pm.

Empire Brass With Elisabeth Von Trapp: The Sounds of Christmas Quintet with vocals by Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the Baron George and Maria Von Trapp, whose autobiography led to the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical 'The Sound of Music.' They will present holiday favorites, highlighted by a medley from 'The Sound of Music.' Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May; 855-708-9699. $35. 12/15. 8 pm.

Handel's Messiah: Part 1 Old St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 321 Willings Alley Free. 12/15. 8 pm.

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Program Bryn Mawr College - Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5210. Free. 12/18.

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Program Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Free. 12/17. 7:30 pm.

Keith Calmes Classical guitarist. Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield. www.keithcalmes.com. Donations requested. 12/16. 3 pm.

Lower Merion Symphony Orchestra Orchestra performance of classical symphonies Lower Merion High School, 345 E. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-1810. www.lowermerionsymphony.org. Donations accepted. 12/16. 3 pm.

Michael G. Ronstadt, Cellist Ronstadt has performed w/ David Bromberg, Muriel Anderson, & his aunt Linda. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. www.michaelronstadt.com. $16. 12/20. 8 pm.

Noonday Brownbag Music The sounds of the season performed by the women's ensemble and Mark Vandersall on clarinet. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E Court St., Doylestown; 215-348-3531. Free. 12/19.

PCMS Concert: Jeremy Denk, Pianist Performing Liszt & Brahms. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. /www.pcmsconcerts.org. $24; $10 students. 12/18. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble Performing original works, popular & classical repertoire. First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield. www.phebells.org/. Donations accepted. 12/16. 4 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Cello Play-in 200 cellists of all ages & stages will gather in the Kimmel Center's Commonwealth Plaza to play with Philadelphia Orchestra cellists. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. Free. 12/15. 6:30 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Tchaikovsky & a Genius Concert of works by Tchaikovsky, Borodin & Elgar, w/Gianandrea Noseda conducting & Alisa Weilerstein featured on cello. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $26-$127. 12/14, 12/15.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Glorious Sound of Christmas Concert of holiday favorites. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $40-$119. 12/20.

Satori Based in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, Satori is a mixed ensemble of winds, strings, and piano, and plays both traditional and contemporary chamber music. The group's repertoire ranges from baroque to 21st-century compositions. Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Ave., Mount Laurel. satori-chambermusic.org. Free. 12/16. 2 pm.

 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Blend of classical, rock & operatic elements for a seasonal show. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-339-7600. www.trans-siberian.com/. $33-$73. 12/14.

Opera/Choral

Ama Deus Ensemble: Handel's Messiah 1749 London Covent Garden version performed in baroque pitch & on period instruments. Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter & Paul, 18th St.; 610-688-2800. voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/14. 7 pm.  Also Nassau Christian Center, 26 Nassau St., Princeton; $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/15. 7 pm, and  St. Katharine of Siena Catholic Church, 104 S. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne; $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/16. 4 pm.

American Boychoir Princeton University Chapel, Murray-Dodge Hall, Princeton; 609-258-3000. www.americanboychoir.org. $20-$52. 12/15. 7:30 pm.

American Boychoir Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-5000. www.americanboychoir.org. $20-$52. 12/16. 4 pm.

Amici Opera Company: Adriana Lecouvreur 4-act opera by Italian composer Francesco Cilea. The Garden Church, 82 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; 215-224-0257. $25. 12/16. 3 pm.

Chester Children's Chorus 60-voice chorus of children ages 8-17. St. Luke Christian Community Church, 320 Tilghman St., Chester. www.chesterchildrenschorus.org. Free. 12/15.

Curtis Opera/Broadway Cabaret Vocalists & an accompanying pianist from the Curtis Institute of Music perform opera & show tunes. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park; 215-887-8700. www.curtis.edu. $10-$45. 12/15. 6 pm.

Keystone State Boychoir Youth choir founded in 2001. Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St.; 215-849-1762. www.paboychoir.org. $10. 12/16. 5 pm.

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia: Voices of Christmas Concert including carols such as 'The First Noel' & 'Silent Night.' St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. $30. 12/15. 5-6:30 pm.

North Penn High School Chamber Singers & Brass Music of the Christmas season. St. John's United Church of Christ, 500 W. Main St., Lansdale; 215-855-5489. Donations accepted. 12/16. 4 pm.

PCMS Concert: Anonymous 4 Unique women's vocal quartet specializing in the performance of medieval chant & polyphony. Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org. $24. 12/14. 8 pm.

Pine Barons Chorus: Holiday Show Award-winning barbershop chorus will perform its annual show. St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 327 Marlton Pike W., Cherry Hill; 856-866-2474. www.thepinebarons.com. $12; $10 seniors; $5 students; free 6 and under. 12/15.

Princeton Pro Musica: Handel's Messiah Annual performance. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; 609-683-51122. www.princetonpromusica.org. $25-$55. 12/16. 3 pm.

Singing Circle for People Impacted by Cancer Join other singers led by composer, performer & educator Julia Haines. No talent is necessary - just a willingness to have fun. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; 215-879-7733. Free. 12/18.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 18-minute film full of original imagery, music & more, shown on The Comcast Experience video wall. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Free. To 1/1.

Valley Forge Chorus: 'Tis the Season Music in a cappella "barbershop" harmony. Dock Woods Community Center, 275 Dock Dr., Lansdale; 610-368-2271. $17; $12 under 12. 12/15.

Yara Arts Group - Koliada and Music From the Carpathians Traditional winter songs from the villages of Kryvorivnia & Verkhovyna. Ukrainian League of Philadelphia, 800 N 23d St.; 215-656-8521. $20 includes $5 donation to UNWLA orphans fund. 12/15. 7:30 pm.

Dance

A Celtic Christmas With Cherish the Ladies All-female Celtic ensemble presents. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. www.cherishtheladies.com/. $20-$55. 12/16. 7 pm.

Atlantic City Ballet: The Nutcracker Tale of a girl & her magical doll. W/music by Tchaikovsky. Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro. www.acballet.org. $30; $28 seniors; $15 children. 12/15.

Ben Vereen Tony Award-winning Broadway performer, actor & activist. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. www.benvereen.com. $50. 12/15. 8 pm.

Ceili Dance Weekly sessions organized by John Shields & Cass Tinney. The Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. 12/19.

 DanceVision: The Snow Queen Original ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen fable that features the choreography of artistic director Risa Kaplowitz. The College of New Jersey - Center for the Arts, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing. www.dancevisionnj.org. $20-$30; $15-$25 seniors, students and children 12 and under. 12/15-16.

Irish Christmas in America Featuring Old Blind Dogs singer Aaron Jones, dancers & other guest performers. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808. irishchristmasinamerica.com. $25-$39.50. 12/16. 7:30 pm.

Israeli Dancing Easy & intermediate level session. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507. $5. 12/16.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo All-male dance ensemble who incorporate an element of parody into their performances. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. www.trockadero.org/. $20-$65. 12/14-15.

NIA: The Joy of Movement for People Impacted by Cancer Dance, martial arts & healing arts combine in NIA. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; Reservations required: 215-879-7733. Free. 12/18.

Pages to Pirouettes: Selections From 'The Nutcracker' Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5372. Free. 12/16. 2 pm.

Pages to Pirouettes in the Nutcracker Ballet A performance adapted for young audiences. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. Free. 12/15. 11 am.

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999. www.paballet.org. $15-$125. To 12/30.

Philadelphia Dance Academy & the Philadelphia Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. www.philadelphiadanceacademy.com. $18. 12/14-16.

Traditional Irish Music Session Features local set & step dancers & musicians. Those who play instruments are welcome to join in. Plough & The Stars, 123 Chestnut St.; 215-733-0300. Free. 12/16.

Other performances

Cirque Dreams Two act extravaganza, with acrobatics & pyrotechnic wizardry. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 877-598-8696. www.cirqueproductions.com/cirquedreams.htm. $25-$65.

Eddie Bruce Cabaret musician with over 25 years experience. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. Free.

Holiday Cabaret Musical celebration of the season w/performances by Krissy Johnson, Katie Romano, Steve Tornetta & Marusia Griffin Lynn. Montgomery County Cultural Center - Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; Box Office: 610-283-2230. $20. 12/14. 8 pm.