The snow is falling, the lights are all strung and the stockings are hung. Yes, the holiday arts season boards Santa’s sleigh officially on Thursday, December 1 as dozens of yuletide-themed plays, musicals, chorales, ballets and symphonies don their ugliest sweaters for the next three weeks. This year’s holiday events run the tinsel-time gamut from Dickens’ London to Macy’s in New York and Bedford Falls to Western Front in World War I. And Carolina Curtain Call has them all neatly wrapper and under the tree for you!
A Christmas Carol – Flat Rock Playhouse
Through December 17, 2016
Back by popular demand, Charles Dickens’ classic tale returns to Flat Rock Playhouse in 2016. The State Theatre of North Carolina will be presenting the hit 2014 production bi-annually. Adapted for the stage by Richard Hellesen with original music by David De Berry. Flat Rock Mainstage, 2661 Greenville Hwy. in Flat Rock, NC. Box Office: (828) 693-0731 or http://www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
Let Nothing You Dismay – Centre Stage
December 1-17, 2016
It’s Christmas in Ohio, and a young couple wants to await the birth of their soon-to-be adopted child in peace. But as their funny and fearsome relatives converge on the hospital waiting room, the holiday becomes a free-for-all in this surprisingly heartwarming family comedy. Written by Topher Payne. Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. 501 River St. in Greenville. Box Office: (864) 233-6733 or http://www.centrestage.org.
Once an Angel – Greenwood Youth Theatre
December 1-3, 2016
In the church’s social hall at old St. Rufus, a band of young angels and their leaders are awaiting orders and the arrival of the gregarious Gregory and silent Chuck — two angels so inept, even Job has lost patience with them! Meanwhile, the daughter of the pastor at St. Rufus, Gracie Adams, utters a prayer. The scripture-spouting girl pleads for angelic help to save their beloved church, which is going to close down if they can’t attract more congregants. Don’t miss this enormous young cast Directed by Ryan Hewitt. Shows are December 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. and December 3 at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Community Theatre, 110 Main St. in Greenwood. Box Office: (864) 229-5704 or http://www.greenwoodcommunitytheatre.com
It’s A Wonderful Life – FIRE Theatre Company
December 2-11, 2016
This faithful, fast-moving stage adaptation of the classic film is not only a joyful Christmas tale — it’s the gorgeous love story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the Greatest Generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance, and a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 North Main St. in Fountain Inn. Box Office: (864) 409-1050 or http://www.yountscenter.org.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – South Carolina Children’s Theatre
December 2-11, 2016
Christmas time is here! Tis the season for Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all of the Peanuts gang to bring the holiday season back to life. Discover the real meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the classic animated television special that is fun for the whole family. By Charles M. Schulz and based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. Peace Center Gunter Theatre, 300 South Main St. in Greenville. Box Office: (864) 467-3000 or http://www.peacecenter.org.
Friday, December 2 at 7pm
Saturday, December 3 at 10:30am & 1:30pm
Sunday, December 4 at 1:30pm & 5:30pm**
Friday, December 9 at 7pm
Saturday, December 10 at 10:30am, 1:30pm & 5:30pm
Sunday, December 11 at 1:30pm
**Special price of $18 per person for this performance only. All other performances are $27 for adults and $18 for children 18 & under
Inspecting Carol – Clemson Little Theatre
December 2-11, 2016
Get your holiday cheer on with this madcap comedy! Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. To top it off, a case of mistaken identity makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual. By Daniel Sullivan, Directed by Stu Adamo & Paul Hyde. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Pendleton Playhouse, 214 S. Mechanic St. in Pendleton. Box Office: (864) 646-8100 or http://www.clemsonlittletheatre.com/
Snowbound – Asheville Community Theatre
December 2-18, 2016
A World Premiere mountain play with mountain music! It’s Christmas Eve in 1955 at a small town train depot where the snowy weather has caused some delays. Over the course of the evening, strangers become friends, friends become family, and the warmth of human connection is deepened through stories and songs. Though the weather outside is frightful, inside the depot it’s delightful as memories of Christmases past are shared. A World Premiere play with original bluegrass music played live onstage by members of Buncombe Turnpike and Sons of Ralph. “Snowbound” is written by Tom Godleski and directed by Mark Jones. Fridays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 East Walnut St. in Asheville, NC. Box Office: (828) 254-1320 or http://www.ashevilletheatre.org/
The One and Only Santa Claus – Foothills Playhouse
December 2-11, 2016
Live in your living room, it’s your favorite TV show, “American Profiles”! When a family is startled to find host Yul Tide literally in their living room one Christmas morning, the show begins. In a series of hilarious and heart-warming sketches, Yul Tide and co-host Chrystal Flakes explore what Santa Claus really represents, introducing us to various people who know and love him. The show is full of bloopers and comical bickering as the TV crew clamors to find old St. Nick. But Santa’s not the only thing that’s missing. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Foothills Playhouse, 201 S 5th St. in Easley. Box Office: (864) 855-1817 or http://fhplayhouse.com/.
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 – North Carolina Stage Company
December 7-23, 2016
This captivating story relives a poignant moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together during WWI. This dramatic presentation presents traditional patriotic and holiday songs from both sides of the Western Front and is interspersed with text read from letters, journals, and interviews from the soldiers who lived it. Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with additional performances on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane in Asheville, NC. Box Office: (828) 239-0263 or www.ncstage.org
Miracle on 34th Street – Greenville Little Theatre
December 8-18, 2016
The beloved holiday tale by Valentine Davies, made famous by the classic movie, is brought to life on the stage by the uplifting music of the Music Man himself, Meredith Willson. Rediscover your childhood and restore your faith in miracles in this fun-filled musical classic for the whole family. Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St. in Greenville. Box Office: (864) 233-6238
Amahl and the Night Visitors – Spartanburg Repertory Opera
December 9-10, 2016
Menotti’s classic tale is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the Christmas season. The opera tells the story of the Magi from the point of view of a poor boy named Amahl. After he sees a bright star in the East, three kings come across their meager hut, bringing with them treasure and gifts for The Child they seek. What follows is a delightful story for the whole family, complete with a Christmas miracle, sure to bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eye.
Tickets are $5-$20. For more information, visit www.spartanburgrepertory.com. Performances are Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 10 at 3 & 7:30 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John St. in Spartanburg. Box Office: (864) 542-2787 or chapmanculturalcenter.org.
Christmas Belles – Abbeville Opera House
December 9-17, 2016
Jones, Hope and Wooten A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. A great way to bring in the Christmas season! Adapted for the stage by Richard Hellesen. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. at the Abbeville Opera House, 100 Court Square in Abbeville. Box Office: (864) 366-2157 or http://www.theabbevilleoperahouse.com/.
A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas – Walhalla Civic Auditorium
December 9-18, 2016
This original play presents the poignant story of the “missing” two years in the life of the Ingalls family—the only substantial period that Laura chose not to write about in her Little House books. Told with period songs, humor and depth of character, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas tells a story of healing that celebrates the importance of enduring family bonds. LIVE BLUEGRASS MUSIC WILL PRECEDE EACH SHOW! Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 101 E.N. Broad St. in Walhalla. Box Office: (864) 638-5277 or http://www.walhallacivic.com.
The Gifts of the Magi – Electric City Playhouse
It’s Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. But their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions (she her beautiful long hair, he his heirloom pocket watch) in order to buy presents for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city. Directed by Bill Scott. Music by Randy Courts and lyrics by Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Electric City Playhouse, 514 North Murray Ave. in Anderson. Box Office: (864) 224-4248 or http://www.ecplayhouse.com
A Christmas Carol ‑ Montford Park Players
December 10-11 & 17-18, 2016
Montford Park Players hosts their A Day with Dickens Festival, to be presented with its annual staging of “A Christmas Carol,” the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens. The festival will run December 10-18 from 3 to 5 p.m. and performances will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The festival and performance, like ALL of Montford Park Players’ shows, will be absolutely FREE to attend at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. Shows are December 10-11 and 17-18 at 5 p.m. More information at www.montfordparkplayers.org/.
Oconee Community Theatre
December 15-18, 2016
Christmas time is here! Tis the season for Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all of the Peanuts gang to bring the holiday season back to life. Discover the real meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the classic animated television special that is fun for the whole family. By Charles M. Schulz and based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. Thursday thru Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Oconee Community Theatre, 8001 Utica St. in Seneca. Box Office: (864) 882-1910 or www.oconeetheatre.org
Jingle All the Way! – Greenville Little Theatre
December 13-17, 2016
The Greenville Little Theatre brings in the Holiday season with “Jingle All The Way!” This 55-minute family musical, by Catherine Bush and Dax Dupuy, is about life at the North Pole. It’s not easy being Jangle the Elf, the twin brother of Santa’s #1 Helper, Jingle. No matter what job Jangle is assigned to in Santa’s Workshop, his sister Jingle can do it faster and better. Then a letter arrives for Santa at the North Pole, requiring a Top Priority Gift. The trouble is no one – including Jingle – knows how to make it. Will Jangle be able to save Christmas? The talented cast includes: Carter Allen, Cat McWhirter, Sam McCalla, Emily Grove, Cory Granner, and Evan Harris as Santa Claus. Bring new toys to a performance of Jingle All The Way this Holiday Season to support Toys For Tots and help make miracles for children in our community! Tickets prices are $15 with discounts available for groups of ten or more. Show dates are December 13-16 at 10:30 a.m. and December 17 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Box Office: )864) 233-6238 or www.greenvillelittletheatre.org.
45th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular – Magnetic Theatre
December 1-23, 2016
Stopping down in the River Arts District to see what new frontiers of debauchery the Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular will boldly cross has become an annual tradition for many Ashevillians. The show, a holiday sketch comedy romp that delights audiences with completely new material each year, has sold out nearly every performance for the past six years. The 45th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular will be performed December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. with 10 p.m. late shows December 10 and 17 at Magnetic 375, 375 Depot St. in Asheville, , and. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.themagnetictheatre.org.
Christmas in Dixie: A Country Music Holiday Concert – Mill Town Players
December 1-18, 2016
Following last year’s very popular “Rock n Roll Christmas” concert, “Christmas in Dixie” is sure to be the perfect way to enjoy the holiday season with an original concert production of country music conceived by the same creative team of Kimberlee Ferreira and Joshua Morton, featuring such favorites as “Hard Candy Christmas”, “Santa’s Coming Over to Your House”, “Bluegrass, White Snow”, and of course “Christmas in Dixie.” The production will feature Tom and Tricia Dyar, Hannah E. Smith, Mary Evan Giles, Luis Martinez, Chris Foster, Kate Kitchens, Katie and Larry Rockwell, and William Rockwell Martin, all backed by a live band on stage. Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby St. in Pelzer. Tickets are $7-10 and selling fast! Box Office: (864) 947-8000 or visit http://www.milltownplayers.org/.
A Celtic Christmas ‑ Flat Rock Playhouse
December 1-18, 2016
The Playhouse Downtown will be transformed with Celtic mist and candlelight for three singer/storytellers and a group of unique musicians who will ignite the Christmas spirit within you. Traditional carols like “Silent Night,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” and many, many more are given the Celtic treatment in this one-of-a-kind Christmas spectacular for the entire family. Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St, Hendersonville, NC. Box Office: (828) 693-0731 or http://www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
Hub City Holiday – Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Under the baton of guest artist Gary Robinson, the SPO will present festive classics, singalongs, and joyous holiday music. The orchestra will be joined by the Dorman and Spartanburg High School choruses, the Fernwood Ringers bell choir, Brennan Szafron on the pipe organ, and many others musicians from the Spartanburg community. It will be a Hub City Holiday to remember! Twichell Auditorium, Converse College, 580 East Main St. in Spartanburg. Box Office: (864) 596-9725 or http://www.spartanburgphilharmonic.org/tickets.
Tidings of Comfort and Joy ‑ First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg Chamber Singers
Sunday, December 4 at 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg’s Chamber Singers will present their annual Christmas Concert” Tidings of Comfort and Joy” at Chapman Cultural Center on Sunday, December 4 at 7 p.m. The 30-member choir will sing 13 holiday songs, many without accompaniment and all without any electronic amplification. Proceeds benefit Mobile Meals. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John St. in Spartanburg. Box Office: 864-583-4531 or 864-573-7684.
33rd Annual Christmas With The Chorale ‑ Greenville Chorale
December 9-10, 2016
The Greenville Chorale under conductor Bingham Vick, Jr. and the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (Thomas Joiner, conductor) mark the 10th anniversary of their Christmas collaboration, one of the Upstate’s finest holiday traditions. Enjoy thrilling seasonal music including both orchestral and choral favorites, along with the beloved audience sing-along carols that make for a festive evening celebrating the season. Performances are Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at McAlister Auditorium, Furman University and Saturday, December 10 at 3 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall in Hendersonville, NC. Box Office: http://www.greenvillechorale.com/.
Sounding Joy ‑ Fountain Inn Chorale
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm
“Repeat the Sounding Joy” with the Fountain Inn Chorale in this beautiful concert of holiday favorites featuring a few unexpected works along the way. Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 North Main St. in Fountain Inn, SC. Box Office: (864) 409-1050 or http://www.yountscenter.org.
Rockin’ Radio Christmas Revue – FIREside Radio
Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Following the success of last year’s electrified revue, this year FIREside plugs in their guitars, hauls out the drums and doo-wop vocals and throws on a tinsel boa. Come gather round the radio by the light of the tree for an evening of rocking tunes, hilarious sketch comedy and tales of Christmases long, long ago. Everyone who’s seen it agrees, FIREside does Christmas right! at Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 North Main St. in Fountain Inn, SC. Box Office: (864) 409-1050 or http://www.yountscenter.org.
Holiday At Peace – Greenville Symphony
December 16-18, 2016
Presented by United Community Bank, “Holiday at Peace” is the Greenville Symphony’s most popular pops concert and a quintessential yuletide tradition. This year’s headlining soloist is the dynamic and critically acclaimed Broadway actress, singer, dancer and comedienne, Rachel York — joined by conductor Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel and 85 musicians of the GSO in the Peace Center Concert Hall. Music and merriment abound in this holiday pops concert featuring Christmas favorites, both old and new! International Ballet, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and an audience sing-a-long crown this seasonal spectacular as the perfect celebration for the entire family. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Peace Center, 300 South Main St. in Greenville. Tickets are $18 – $59. Box Office: (864) 467-3000 or http://www.peacecenter.org.
The Nutcracker – Ballet Spartanburg
December 9-11, 2016
Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on her unforgettable journey from a snow covered forest to the far off Kingdom of the Sweets. Ballet Spartanburg’s holiday family favorite is filled with larger than life scenery, dazzling costumes, brilliant dancing and over a hundred performers dancing to Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary score. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Twichell Auditorium, Converse College, 580 East Main St. in Spartanburg. Box Office: (864) 596-9725 or http://www.balletspartanburg.org/
The Nutcracker ‑ Carolina Ballet Theatre
December 22-23, 2016
Adapted from the classic holiday story from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King,” this reinvented version is choreographed by and under the artistic direction of Hernan Justo. This holiday classic is based on the original Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov ballet and its brought to life by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsy’s musical composition. Carolina Ballet Theatre reinvents this holiday classic with a Greenville inspired ballet, where the backdrops of the Liberty Bridge and the Greenville skyline are accompanied by dancing visions of snow, sweets, soldiers, and mice. Join Clara and her Nutcracker as they dance their way through Greenville to defeat the evil Mouse King. This season’s performance is brought to life by a 100+-person cast including, professional dancers: Francesca Genovese, Peter Base, Madeline Jazz, Matt Harvey, and Meghan Loman. Performances are Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 1 & 7 p.m. at the Peace Center, 300 South Main St. in Greenville. Box Office: (864) 467-3000 or http://www.peacecenter.org.