Where to See Nutcrackers, Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Sing-Alongs and Handel’s Messiah

The Nutcracker

Bluegrass Youth Ballet
“The Nutcracker in One Act.”
Friday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 20, 3 p.m. Tickets$14-17. Singletary Center for the Arts. Info: 271-4472.

The Lexington Ballet
“The Nutcracker,” Friday, Dec. 12 & 19 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec., 13 & 20 at 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 & 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $27.75-$40.75. Lex. Opera House. Info: 233-3535.

Thoroughbred Figure Skating Club
“The Nutcracker on Ice” Cookies with Clara and Friends will also be offered following each show at the Lexington Ice Center. Saturday, Dec. 6 at 1:30 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $10 each for The Nutcracker; $5 for Cookies with Clara (ages 5 and under free for both events). Info: ellendemos@twc.com

The Kentucky Ballet
“The Night Before Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 27, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m.; Lex. Opera House. Tickets:$16-35. Info: 252-5245.

Lexington Children’s Theatre
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Celebrate Christmas with this live, regional premiere of your favorite holiday special.
Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down – Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all what’s most important this Yuletide season. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 & 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Lex. Opera House. Tickets: $18 for adults, $15 for children.
Also make plans to see “Rapunzel”this month at LCT. Find out what happens when Rapunzel decides it’s time for a little adventure. Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m, Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 & 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. MainStage Theatre, 418 W. Short St. Tickets: $18 for Adults, $15 for Children. Info: 254-4546 ext. 247.

EKU Center for the Arts
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”
The original television classic comes to life on the stage. Friday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Tickets: $24.50-$49. Info: 622-7469 or www.ekucenter.com.

Lexington Philharmonic
“Handel’s Messiah”
Celebrate the holidays with this classic with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Lexington Chamber Chorale and guest soloists. Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Christ the King Cathedral. Tickets: $25-$75. Info: 233-4226.

UK Collage: A Holiday Spectacular
Rejoice in the holiday spirit at the 17th annual “Collage” concert presented by the UK Choirs, including UK vocalists and musicians plus The Lexington Singers and The Lexington Singers Children’s Choir. Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts. Tickets: $13-$26. Info: 257-4929.

Rupp Arena
“Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Christmas Attic”
This musical performance tells the story of a young girl whose curiosity leads her to sneak into the attic where she discovers a magical doorway to the past in the form of a mysterious trunk. Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $31.50-$61.25. Info: 233-3535.

UK Opera Theatre
“Amahl & the Night Visitors”
A classic for the whole family, this one-act opera was composed by Gian Carlo Menotti and features music performed by members of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 & 7:30 p.m. Lyric Theatre, Tickets: $12.50-$22.50. Info: 280-2218.

The Lexington Singers
“Handel’s Messiah”
Celebrate the season with the Lexington Singers as they present the best in choral music traditions including a rare Lexington appearance by soloist Gregory Turay. Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts. Tickets: $15-$25. Info: 257-4929.

Lexington Philharmonic
Candy Cane Concert
Take a tour through holiday music and dance traditions from home and abroad, featuring the music of Disney’s “Frozen.” Also performing are Bluegrass Youth Ballet, McTeggart Irish Dancers, UK Percussion and more. UK Singletary Center. Sunday, Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Info: 233-4226.

UK Opera Theatre
Celebration of Song
Singers led by UK professor Everett McCorvey will stage an old-fashioned holiday singalong. Sunday, Dec. 14, 5 & 7:30 p.m. Atrium of The Square. Downtown. Free.