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Top Holiday Performances

“A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa

November 27 – 29, Times vary by day, Ticket prices range from $27 – $47

Families are invited to watch Ebenezer Scrooge learn the meaning of Christmas during preview performances of “A Christmas Carol” on the Segerstrom Stage at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.

“A Cirque Christmas” at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa

December 18 – 19, 8:00pm showtime, Ticket prices vary

A delightful Christmas concert for the whole family: Holiday tunes add a special sparkle to this jaw-dropping fusion of acrobats, aerial artists, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen who perform their cirque acts while Pacific Symphony provides a joyous soundtrack perfect for the most wonderful time of the year.

“A Snow White Christmas” – interactive family musical at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach

December 2 – 27, Times vary by day, Ticket prices vary

A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to fairytale fans of all ages. This British holiday tradition dating to the 1700s mixes classic fairy tales, family-friendly magic and modern pop songs.

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano

November 27 – December 20, Times vary by day, Ticket prices vary

All your Christmases will live again in the magic of Dylan Thomas’ poetic language. “I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.” Dylan Thomas has managed to universalize the very essence of Christmas as any child anywhere might perceive it. The message of the play is the story of Christmas Day itself, from its quiet, magical beginning full of thrilling expectations to the end when the boy Dylan creeps up to the bed, replete with the joy of a perfect Christmas.

“Nutcracker for Kids” at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa

December 5, Showtimes at 10:00am and 11:30am, Tickets start at $35

Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids ages 5-11. This seasonal favorite finishes with a grand finale holiday sing-along and is sure to sell out!

“The Nutcracker” by Maple Youth Ballet performed at the Northwood Performing Arts Center in Irvine

December 19 – 21, Showtimes vary by day, Ticket prices $26 – $30

From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with dancing snowflakes, a dashing prince, and Tchaikovsky’s majestic score based on one of the world’s most beloved ballets. Share the tradition of fantasy as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince and Clara ignite the imagination of your princes and princesses of all ages. Watch as this unique Orange County experience unfolds, showcasing more than 80 exceptionally talented & classically trained dancers from across the Southland!

Featuring original choreography by Artistic Director Charles Maple, The Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a full-length rendition-with-a-twist of E.T.A. Hoffman’s time-honored classic which centers around Clara, a young girl who yearns to one day become a professional ballerina.

“Fiesta Navidad” by the Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa

December 23, 8:00 showtime, Tickets start at $29

The Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a festive and joyous holiday performance that celebrates and honors the unique cultural traditions of Mexico. This world-renowned band will bring the pageantry and excitement of Mexican holiday customs to life, beginning with a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s sojourn to Bethlehem in La Posada. You’ll also enjoy an abundance of upbeat music and traditional ballads, along with dancing and the always ebullient sing-along of holiday favorites, such as ”Feliz Navidad”, “Noche de Paz (Silent Night)”, “Ponen y Ponen”, “Deck the Halls”, “Jingle Bells”, “White Christmas”, “Silver Bells” and much more!

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