THROUGH DEC. 18
Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’
Adapted by Jill Pinard, in this original adaptation of the holiday classic, Hatbox Theatre focuses on how the dream-like qualities of the ghost story aspect of Dickens’ work can bring about redemption.
Is it “an undigested bit of beef” – a line in the original story – that leads Scrooge to have bad dreams or is he really being visited by ghosts intent on helping him redeem himself. Audience members, too, will wonder if they are dreaming when they are immersed in sound, lights and projections that bring out these eerier aspects of Scrooge’s fateful night. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday performances at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for students/seniors/members, and $16 for senior members. Visit hatboxnh.com.
DEC. 8 to 11
Holiday One – Acts
Franklin Footlight Theatre will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone with five one-act plays that are full of Christmas spirit at Franklin Opera House (Franklin City Hall, 316 Central St., Franklin). The Little Match Girl, by Herman Ammann.; Sharing, by O.B. Rozell; North Pole’s Got Talent, by Lavinia Roberts; An Old-Fashioned Christmas, by Sally Bowman; and The Gift of the Magi, by Anne Coulter Martens. Performances are Dec. 8 to 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, students and children. Seating is reserved. Visit franklinoperahouse.org.
Celebrate the holidays with the tradition of the Nutcracker at 2 p.m. at the Concord City Audi (2 Prince St., Concord). Presented by Turning Pointe Center of Dance, the family-friendly production is a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season that retains the classical, magical experience for viewers of all ages. Tickets are $20 and available at the dance studio (371 Pembroke St., Pembroke) as well as on the Turning Pointe Center of Dance Facebook page and at the door. For more information call (603) 485-8710.
The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra returns to SNHU Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) to perform their beloved Holidays Pops concert on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55. Visit snhuarena.com for more.
Revel in the spirit of the holidays with a high-octane, fun-filled program on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Concord City Audi (2 Prince St., Concord). Tickets are $20 to $60 for adults, $18 to $55 for seniors (65 and up), $10 for for youths (age 12 to 17), free with purchase of adult ticket, junior (under 12). See symphonhnh.org or (603) 595-9156. Visit theaudi.org for more.
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the Canterbury Singers as they sing Holiday Shaker songs at Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury) on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Visit shakers.org for more.
Capital Jazz Orchestra
The annual yuletide program at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Hear from guest vocalists CJ & Laura Poole, along with narrator Laura Knoy of NHPR who will be reciting her traditional version of The Night Before Christmas. Tickets are $27.50 and up. Visit ccanh.com for more.
Join Greg and the Morning Buzz Team as they host an all-star cast of musicians, performers, comedians, and special guests at Christmas Ball 2022 at Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 and up. Visit ccanh.com for more.
This holiday season’s best performances continue with Safe Haven Ballet’s The Nutcracker on Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord). Tickets are $34.50 and up. Visit ccanh.com for more.
John Denver Christmas
Singer, songwriter and tribute artist Ted Vigil will bring a John Denver Christmas performance to the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickers are $29.50 and up. Visit ccanh.com for more.