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Holiday planner: Here's a huge roundup of Christmas shows and Nutcracker ballets

Here in the subtropics, it can be a little tricky to get into the Christmas spirit. With the humidity and flip-flop lifestyle, you may need an extra nudge to feel the holiday mood.

Here’s a list of Christmas-themed shows on stages from Miami to West Palm Beach that will jingle your bells.

Nov. 16 — Warren Miller: Face of Winter

The showing of this movie that follows top athletes skiing down mountains in remote locales is narrated by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, who will attend the screening. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $12. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCenter.org.

Nov. 21 — Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The group’s modern take on Christmas classics has made MannHeim Steamroller a holiday brand. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $25-$110. To order, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org.

Nov. 23 — DRUMLine Live! Holiday Spectacular

The college-marching-band experience has been turned into a stage show that mixes holiday classics with a hip-hop beat. Showtime is 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $45.50-$65.50.To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.

Nov. 23-25 — The Nutcracker by the Boca Ballet Theatre

This version of the holiday classic will feature special guests from the American Ballet Theatre: Katherine Williams as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Aran Bell as the Cavalier. Choreographed by co-artistic director Dan Guin, this staging has more than 100 dancers. After the matinee performances, there will be a “Gingerbread Ball” where the family can meet the cast and enjoy sweets. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theatre, 20101 Lyons Road, in Boca Raton. Tickets cost $30-$40 for adults and $20-$30 for children and seniors (the Gingerbread Ball cost $8 per person). To order, call 561-995-0709 or go to BocaBallet.org.

Nov. 27 — Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2018

The sax superstar performs Yuletide favorites with singer-saxophonist Mindi Abair, singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler and keyboardist Keiko Matsui. Showtime is 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $43-$83. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.

Nov. 28 — The Piano Guys: Christmas Together

Don’t be confused: There’s only one piano guy onstage, and his name is Jon Schmidt. The other performer, Steven Sharp Nelson, plays the cello. So why the name? Well, that’s because this duo got its start as a promotion for a piano store in Utah that was called — you guessed it — the Piano Guys. An offer for a digital download of the group’s holiday album will be emailed to ticket buyers seven days after purchasing tickets. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $35-$114. To order, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org.

Nov. 29 — A Celtic Christmas

This show, celebrating its 23rd season, tells of the night before Christmas at a house in the countryside of Ireland as neighbors get together to share stories, folk dances and songs. Showtime is 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Bienes Center for the Arts, 2801 SW 12th St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $31.99 for adults and $12 for students. To order, go to BCA-STA.org.

Nov. 30-Dec. 1 — The Nutcracker by Ballet Palm Beach

Ballet Palm Beach will perform the holiday favorite first at the Kravis Center and then at the King’s Academy (see the Dec. 13-16 entry below). Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $19-$89. To order, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org.

Dec. 1 — The Christmas Chocolate Nutcracker

Presented by Ashanti Cultural Arts, this adaptation of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” ballet mixes in dances from African, Native American, Brazilian, Asian and Caribbean cultures, with a little Junkanoo and stilt walkers thrown in for good measure. Showtimes are 3 and 7 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. To order, call 954-943-4903. For more information, email @ashanticulturalarts.org.

Dec. 2 — Robin Spielberg’s Holiday Sing-along

This concert is a mix of Christmas carols, audience participation, storytelling and movie clips. Showtime is 2 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $17.50-$35. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCenter.org.

Dec. 4 — Santa’s Enchanted Workshop

In this musical, two siblings run off toward the North Pole in order to learn more about Christmas, but end up trapped by a blizzard in a gas station run by an old guy named Nick. Showtime is 10 a.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $7.20 with $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and younger. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCenter.org.

Dec. 6 — A Christmas Wish with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Alpert teams up with Hall, former lead singer of Brasil ‘66 (The show is repeated Dec. 7 at West Palm Beach; see entry below). Showtime is 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale (Holiday Park). Tickets cost $38-$63. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.

Dec. 6-23 — Winter Shorts

The fast-paced performance of seven holiday-themed short plays (90 minutes with no intermission) is being staged by Miami’s City Theatre. Previews begin Dec. 6, and opening night is Dec. 8. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., in Miami. Tickets cost $39-$69. To order, call 305-949-6722 or go to ArshtCenter.org.

Dec. 7 — A Christmas Wish with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Alpert and Hall take their show performed in Fort Lauderdale the night before up I-95 for a staging in West Palm Beach. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $25-$100. To order, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org.

Dec. 7-9 The Nutcracker by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida

This staging spotlights choreography by Art Ballet Theatre’s ballet master, Vladimir Issaev (the ballet moves to Fort Lauderale’s Parker Playhouse; See Dec. 14-16 entry below). Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188 St. Tickets cost $45. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to AventuraCenter.org.

Dec. 7-9 and 14-16 — “Mouse King”

“Sesame Street” puppeteer Noel MacNeal and South Florida composer Jim Camacho have come up with a new twist on the seasonal favorite with “Mouse King,” where the Nutcracker story is told from the mice's point of view. This is the sixth year that the “Mouse King” has been staged in South Florida. Showtimes are 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 at the Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57th Ave., South Miami. Tickets cost $25-$40. To order, go to MouseKingTickets.com

Dec. 7-30 — The Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet will perform George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Showtimes vary. Performances are: Dec. 7-9 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (tickets are $29-$145); Dec. 14-24 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (tickets are $29-$125) and Dec. 28-30 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach. To order, call 877-929-7010 or go to MiamiCityBallet.org.

Dec. 8 — Season’s Greetings From FTLGMC: A Holiday Concert

The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (FTLGMC) will perform a holiday show Dec. 8, but if you go to Facebook.com/TheFTLGMC, you can see that the group has several appearances around Broward County leading up to that concert. Showtime is 8 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Drive, in Fort Lauderdale. General admission tickets cost $25, and VIP tickets cost $40. To order, call 954-832-0060 or go to TheFTLGMC.org.

Dec. 9 — 16th annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert

The Lynn Philharmonia from Boca Raton’s Lynn University will perform fundraiser for scholarships to the university’s Conservatory of Music. Showtime is 3 p.m. (pictures with Santa at 2 p.m.) at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, 501 E. Camino Real. Tickets cost $35. To order, call 561-237-9000 or go to Events.Lynn.edu.

Dec. 12 — A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs

This concert features holiday songs by Jewish composers in a tribute by Jake Ehrenreich and the Roger Kellaway Trio (the show will move to Aventura; see the Dec 16 entry below). Showtime is 7:30 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $35. To order, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org.

Dec. 12 — Brian Wilson The Christmas Album Live

Brian Wilson of Beach Boy fame will be joined by Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine in a live performance of “The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album” as well as some songs from Wilson’s solo turn with the album “All I Really Want for Christmas.” Showtime is at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Event Center at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Tickets are $45, $75 and $105. To order, call 800-745-3000 or go to MyHRL.com.

Dec. 13 — Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

You can watch the animated Tim Burton movie while the South Florida Symphony Orchestra performs composer Danny Elfman’s Golden Globe-winning score. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35-$155. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCenter.org.

Dec. 13-16 — The Nutcracker by Ballet Palm Beach

Ballet Palm Beach will perform the holiday favorite first at West Palm Beach’s the King’s Academy/Page Family Center for Performing Arts. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with a 1 p.m. matinee Saturday and a 4 p.m. matinee Sunday at 8401 Belvedere Road. Tickets cost $30-$40. To order, call 1-888-718-4253 or go to TKAFineArts.net.

Dec. 14 — Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to South Florida on a 20th anniversary tour titled “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” The story this time tells of a runaway girl who takes shelter in an abandoned theater that holds plenty of secrets. Showtime is at 8 p.m. at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, in Sunrise. Tickets cost $34-$75. To order, call 954-835-8000 or go to TheBBTCenter.com.

Dec. 14 The Nutcracker by Arts Ballet Theatre

In addition to two evening performances over the weekend and a Sunday matinee, this staging of the Yuletide classic will also have a morning matinee for children Friday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and a sensory-friendly matinee Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Showtimes for the evening performances are 7 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $12-$55. Tickets for the morning children’s matinee Dec. 14 cost $7.20 with $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and younger. Tickets for the sensory-friendly matinee Dec. 15 cost $10. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.

Dec. 15 — Christmas Near the Beach

This free performance for the whole family will include live music performances, a musical parody of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” a performance by the First Presbyterian Church of Coral Springs, a Christmas pageant with dancers from the Cornerstone Ballet Company, a hip hop performance by DY Mr. E and Sean Olivera and, of course, Santa (who will sing and pose for selfies). Showtime is 4-9 p.m. at ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and Federal Highway/U.S.1, in Hollywood. Admission is free. For more information, go to ChristmasNearTheBeach.com.

Dec. 15 — FAU Madrigal Dinner

This is the seventh consecutive year that the Department of Music at Florida Atlantic University has thrown this event with Renaissance entertainment (court jester, minstrels, etc.). Guests are encouraged to dress the part. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., in Boca Raton. Tickets cost $100. To order, call 561-297-2337 or go to FAUF.FAU.edu/Madrigal.

Dec. 16 — Y-100 Jingle Ball

FM pop station Y-100’s annual concert will include Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, Khalid, Marshmello, Bebe Rexha, Alessia Cara, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, in Sunrise. Tickets cost $46-$251. To order, call 954-835-8000 or go to TheBBTcenter.com.

Dec. 16 — A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs

Famous holiday songs by Jewish composers make up this concert. Showtimes are 3 and 7 pm. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188 St. Tickets cost $45-$55. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to AventuraCenter.org.

Dec. 16 — Matthew Morrison and the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida

Matthew Morrison, star of TV’s “Glee” and Broadway’s “Finding Neverland,” “Hairspray,” “The Light in the Piazza” and “South Pacific,” will join the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida in a show titled “Holidays at the Rock.” Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock Event Center, 1 Seminole Way, in Hollywood. Tickets cost $40-$70. To order, call 800-745-3000 or go to MyHRL.com.

Dec. 22 — Rockapella Christmas

A five-man harmony group gives their signature a cappella spin on Yuletide favorites. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $37-$47. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.

Dec 22 — Sarge’s Chanukah Chutzpah Tour … Kiss My Mezuzah

The comedian, musician and impressionist salutes Hanukkah using the voices of Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Connick Jr., Marv Albert, Mike Tyson, Gilbert Gottfried and Kermit the Frog. Showtime is at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188 St. Tickets cost $41.50-$46.50. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to AventuraCenter.org.

Dec. 23 — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

The annual television special is now a live theater production recommended for ages 4 to 10. Showtimes are 1 and 4 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $20-$85. To order, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org.

Dec. 27-28 — An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas

Evan Tyrone Martin recreates the sound of crooner Nat King Cole in this show that mixes holiday tunes with the King’s songbook, from the church to stardom on the jazz and pop charts. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 Lake Shore Dr., in Delray Beach. Tickets are $60. To order, call 561-272-1281 or go to DelrayBeachPlayhouse.com

Dec. 29 — A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour

Stars from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” return to South Florida in their Christmas-themed show. This time around, the cast includes Miz Cracker, Aja, Monét X Change, Thorgy Thor, Shea Couleé, Raja and South Florida female impersonator Latrice Royale. Showtime is 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $23.70-$56.77. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.

Dec. 29-30 — My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Home for the Holidays

Steve Solomon brings his one-man show, part of a very successful franchise, back to South Florida. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188 St. Tickets cost $45-$49. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to AventuraCenter.org.

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