Here's a roundup of holiday-themed shows in South Florida.
"Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol"
"Everyone loves a good ghost story and a great Christmas story," says director Christopher Mitchell in a press release. "And with this play, you get both."
When: Dec. 2-18; 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays
Where: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
Cost: $20 ($12 for juniors 11 and under).
Contact: 561-447-8829 or SolChildren.org
"The Santaland Diaries"
Humorist David Sedaris turned his stint as an elf at Macy's during the holidays into an essay for National Public Radio and then into a one-man play, which Empire Stage produces here in SoFlo with Brooks Braselman. In the show, an out-of-work actor playing the retail "elf" Crumpet talks about elf training, bad Santas, abusive customers and soul-sucking work conditions.
When: Dec. 8-30. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays Dec.8-18; 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays Dec. 21-30
Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $30 ($20 for preview on Dec. 8)
Contact: 954-678-1496 or EmpireStage.com
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical"
The TV classic goes from the screen to the stage.
When: Dec. 23. 2 and 7 p.m.
Where: Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Contact: 561-832-7469 or Kravis.org
"A Drag Queen Christmas"
A who's-who from "RuPaul's Drag Race" bring a Christmas-themed drag fest to SoFlo (go to DragFans.com to see the line-up).
When: Dec. 26. 8 p.m.
Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $22.79 to $150
Contact: 954-462-0222 or ParkerPlayhouse.com
"Tchaikovsky Christmas Spectacular"
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents selections from two ballets: "The Nutcracker" and "Swan Lake."
When: Dec. 26. 7:30 p.m.
Where: Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for students
Contact: 561-243-7922, ext. 1 or OldSchoolSquare.org
Miami City Ballet's "The Nutcracker"
One of the only productions of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" in the nation will be staged by the Miami City Ballet in all three of South Florida's counties with a cast of over 100 dancers, including local kids.
When: Dec. 9-30. Various times
Dec. 9-11 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Dec. 17-24 at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Dec. 28-30 at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Cost: $25 to $250
Contact: 877-929-7010 or MiamiCityBallet.org
"Great Russian Nutcracker"
Aside from the dancing from the Moscow Ballet, this version features an act II dedicated to world peace with a rose shooting cannon and a two person "Dove of Peace" with a 20 foot wingspan.
When: Dec. 30. 7 p.m.
Where: the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
"FAU Madrigal Dinner"
Guests are invited to dress in period costume for this event staged by FAU's Choral and Vocal Studies Program.
When: Dec. 17. 6:30 p.m.
Where: St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton
Cost: $100 (includes dinner and $60 tax deductible gift)
Contact: 561-297-2337 or FAU.edu/artsandletters/events/madrigal-dinner.
Sarge: The Chanukah Chutzpah Tour
The comedy concert is subtitled "Kiss My Mezuzah," which should giuve you some idea of the adult fare in this show.
When: Dec. 22-23. 8 p.m.
Where: Aventura Arts and Culture Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura
Cost: $39.50 and $44.50
Contact: 877-311-7469 or AventuraCenter.org.