Holiday Performances

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

Through December 17: The beloved American classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Additional shows, December 9, 10 and 16. Stages Theater, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton. (714) 525-4484.


The Holiday Gem in Garden Grove

Through December 17: Be a part of a new tradition and ring in the holidays at The Gem Theatre with a fun-for-the-whole-family holiday review! Backed by live musicians, stunning costumes and a whimsical set, Santa Claus, his tap dancing elves and a cast of talented performers close out the season in true holiday fashion! Days and times vary, visit their website for details. $18-26. The Gem Theater, 12852 Main St., Garden Grove. (714) 741-9550.


A Christmas Carol in Costa Mesa

Through December 24: Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. Ages 6+; no children under age six will be admitted; regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket, sit in a seat and be able to sit quietly through the performance. Segerstrom Stage. Check website for performance times and ticket prices. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive. (714) 708-5555.


A Christmas Carol in Pasadena

December 1-23: Join everybody’s favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season. Bring the whole family and revel in this holiday tradition. Days and times vary. $25-45. A Noise Within Theater, 3352 Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 356-3100.


A Christmas with Scrooge in Irvine

December 1-30: Join the Musical Theatre Village for a production of this Christmas classic. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Adults, $16; kids, $14 (add $3 for opening and closing gala nights). Musical Theatre Village, 36-C Mauchly, Irvine. (949) 753-1996.


The Young Americans Present The Magic of Christmas in La Mirada

December 7-17: In this special holiday production The Young Americans will take you on a ride to a magical place. Christmas in the northern mountains, snow, and a small town. Visit website for times. $29-60. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. (562) 944-9801.


Aladdin and His Winter Wish at the Laguna Playhouse

December 7-31: American Panto returns for the third year to Laguna Playhouse in Aladdin and His Winter Wish. The classic fairytale is set to modern music, complete with dancing, humor, magic and audience participation. It’s the best new holiday tradition in town!  Days and times vary, visit their website for details and ticket purchase. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 497-2787.


Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC

December 15-17: The Orange Coast College Drama Department presents an old-fashioned Christmas melodrama and ice cream social. Boo the villain, cheer the hero and enjoy an ice cream treat during this fun family sing-along. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $7-9. Orange Coast College Drama Lab Theatre, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. (714) 432-5880.


A Christmas Carol in Long Beach

December 9-23: For nearly 170 years, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have reminded us that even the most miserly can find redemption in kindness and generosity toward others. This year, the Long Beach Playhouse brings Dickens’ story to life in its Mainstage Theater. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets, $14-24.


A Christmas Carol at Calvary Chapel of the Harbour

December 11-17: Join the ACTS Drama group for a free performance of this holiday classic. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 and 7 p.m. Free. 16450 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. 100, Huntington Beach. (562) 592-1800.


Miracle On 34th Street Live at Pasadena Playhouse

December 14-23: When a department store Santa claims he’s the real thing, it takes him all the way to the supreme court. Watch what happens as this classic story finds new life on stage in a live performance of the original 1940s radio broadcast, complete with scripts in hand, a live foley artist (creating all the sounds!), a possible sing-along, and a twinkle of holiday cheer. Recommended for ages 6+, and able to sit for a little over an hour. $25+. Member and group discounts available. See website for performance times. 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-7529.


Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart in Anaheim

December 14 – January 7: Follow your heart straight to adventure with Disney On Ice! The ice skating extravaganza features the beloved stories and characters from the smash hit animated movies Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Los Angeles, Staples Center, December 14-17; Anaheim, Honda Center, December 20-24; Long Beach Arena, December 27 – January 1; and Ontario, Citizen’s Bank Arena, January 3-7. Tickets start at $25.


Holiday Candlelight Concert with the Pasadena Symphony

December 16: Top off the holiday season in the architecturally exquisite and acoustically sonorous All Saints Church, Pasadena’s equivalent of a classic European cathedral. An array of choruses highlight this festive concert featuring the most popular and cherished holiday melodies performed by candlelight  an aural respite that is sure to summon the spirit of the season. Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m. $20+. All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. (626) 793-7172.


Holiday Sing-Along with the LA Phil

December 16: Accompanied by Walt Disney Concert Hall’s huge pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo, you’ll enjoy singing numerous popular songs of the season. A jolly good time for the entire family! Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. $33+. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.


Holiday Pops Spectacular at the Warner Grand Theatre

December 16: Celebrate the holiday season with the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale for a festive performance of timeless holiday film, music and traditional favorites. Saturday, 8 p.m. $28.50-60.  478 W. 6th St., San Pedro. (310) 548-2493.


Tis the Season in Costa Mesa

December 17-18: Resounding brass and organ, angelic children’s voices, and the splendid singers of the Pacific Chorale bring seasonal classics and popular favorites to life in one of Orange County’s best-loved holiday traditions. Sunday, 5:30 p.m. and Monday, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787.


Fiesta Navidad at Segerstrom

December 21: The Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano present a festive and joyous holiday performance that celebrates and honors the unique cultural traditions of Mexico. This world-renowned band will bring a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s sojourn to Bethlehem in La Posada, plus upbeat music and traditional ballads, dancing and the always ebullient sing-along of holiday favorites. Thursday, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2121.


A Christmas Carol Radio Show in Long Beach

December 21-23: The Long Beach Shakespeare Company presents the classic 1939 radio edition of “A Christmas Carol.” Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. $12.50. Long Beach Shakespeare Company, 4250 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 997-1494.


58th Annual Free LA County Holiday Celebration

December 24: Bring the whole family to Los Angeles’ biggest, Emmy Award-winning holiday show. Choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free three-hour extravaganza, a decades-old tradition, beloved by Angelenos. The entire three hours will also be broadcast live on local public television. Sunday, 3-6 p.m. Free; no reservations or tickets to the show; first come, first seated. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-3099.