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.

» READ MORE: www.1812productions.org

. $28-$38.

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.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' 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 story, with cherished carols. Closes 12/24. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $32; $29 seniors; $10 students.

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.

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 Adult show that tells 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 channel show hosted by 2 colorful 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.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: Chlamydia for Christmas & Herpes for Hanukkah Holiday-themed burlesque show. Closes 12/23. Off-Broad Street Theater at First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St. www.flashpointtheatre.org. $22; $20 seniors and students.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: The Santaland Diaries The story of one man's experiences during a season spent working as a department store 'elf.' Closes 12/23. Off-Broad Street Theater at First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St. flashpointtheatre.org. $22; $20 seniors and students.

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.

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.

Jekyll & Hyde: National Tour Constantine Maroulis & Deborah Cox star in the tale of good & evil. Closes 12/30. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 1-800-447-7400.

Meshuggah-Nuns! Nuns on a multifaith cruise lend a hand when cast members of 'Fiddler on the Roof' fall ill. Closes 1/27. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $20; $10 students and children.

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.

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.

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 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.

This Wonderful Life Theatrical adaptation of 'It's a Wonderful Life' where 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.

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.

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

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company: Yours Truly, Jack Frost Jack Frost must try to save Christmas from the sinister Evilina. Closes 12/22. Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn & the Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-525-9291. oceancitytheatrecompany.com. $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 Musical 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; listeners can help create a new story. Closes 1/26. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children.

Theatreworks USA: A Christmas Carol Musical based on the Dickens classic. Closes 12/21. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill; Box Office: 610-622-1189. www.theatreworksusa.org. $6-$9.

Community theater

ELFuego

New holiday musical from BCKSEET Productions. Closes 12/29. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 267-603-3533.

» READ MORE: www.bckseet.com

. $28; $21 seniors and students.

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, NJ; 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

Chesapeake Brass Band & A Cappella Pops: Hark, Hear That Sound

Joint holiday concert feat. carols, family fare & contemporary a cappella music. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.

» READ MORE: www.cappellapops.com

. $22; $13 students. 12/21. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Messiah Annual performance of Handel's oratorio. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $29-$124. 12/23. 2 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Glorious Sound of Christmas Holiday favorites. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $40-$119. 12/21-22.

Piffaro With Laura Heimes, Soprano: Frohliche Weihnachten Period instrument ensemble with guest soprano Laura Heimes performs seasonal Renaissance music. Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.; 215-235-8469. $15-$40. 12/21. 8-10 pm.

Piffaro With Laura Heimes, Soprano: Frohliche Weihnachten Period instrument ensemble with guest soprano Laura Heims performs seasonal Renaissance music. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-235-8469. $15-$40. 12/22. 8 pm. Also The Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew & Matthew, 719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington; 215-235-8469. $15-$40. 12/23. 3-5 pm.

Vicente Castaneda Mexican guitarist now living in Pennsylvania. Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-9797. 12/27. 9 pm.

Opera/Choral

New Ark Chorale: Christmas With The New Ark Chorale: A Family Affair

Concert depicts a traditional family gathering, with readings & music. Newark United Methodist Church, 69 E. Main St., Newark, Del; 302-368-4946.

» READ MORE: www.newarkchorale.org

. $15; $12 seniors; $5 students; free under 18. 12/22. 3 pm.

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

Dance

Ceili Dance

Weekly sessions organized by John Shields & Cass Tinney. The Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. 12/26.

Israeli Dancing Easy & intermediate level session. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507. $5. 12/23.

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

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. 12/23.

Other performances

Cirque Eloize: iD

'ID' blends art & circus acts with hip-hop & breakdance elements. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.

. $25-$75.

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

Jewmongous Jewish-themed comedy- song variety show. MilkBoy Coffee, 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. www.jewmongous.com/. $15-$18. 12/22. 8 pm.