Bluegrass Youth Ballet
“The Nutcracker in One Act” is the Bluegrass Youth Ballet’s signature ballet. The performance condenses “The Nutcracker” into one family-friendly sized act, easily enjoyed by all age groups – and particularly by children. Friday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 17, 3 p.m. Tickets $14-$18. Singletary Center for the Arts. Tickets: 257-4929. Info: 271-4472.
The Lexington Ballet
“The Nutcracker” has long been a holiday classic, and The Lexington Ballet will bring it to life in this “enchanting” production.
SCHOOL SHOWS: Friday, Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at EKU Center for the Arts; Thursday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 9, Thursday, Dec. 15, Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at Lexington Opera House. All school tickets $6.
REGULAR SHOWS: EKU Center for the Arts. Saturday, Dec., 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets $19-$39 Info: (859) 622-7469. Lexington Opera House. Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets $20.75-40.75. Info: 233-3535 or 233-3925.
Derby Dinner Playhouse
“Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular” tells the comedic and musical story of three angels as they reunite for a Hillbilly-style Christmas show. Evening programs include a dinner buffet before the show and are offered Tuesday-Sunday, 6 p.m. through Dec. 31. Matinees are Tuesday-Friday and Sunday beginning at 11:45 a.m. and include lunch before the play. No performances Christmas day or Christmas Eve. 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Ind. Tickets $38-$47. Info (812) 288-8281 or www.derbydinner.com.
Children’s Series: “Once Upon A Snowflake.” All performances feature a kid-friendly menu. Breakfast performances are offered at 9 a.m., and lunch performances at noon. 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Ind. Tickets $17-$22. Info: (812) 288-8281 or www.derbydinner.com.
EKU Center for the Arts
“The Ten Tenors – Home For The Holidays”
Australia’s “rock stars of the opera” will bring their unique voices to modern and traditional holiday tunes alike, including “Joy To The World,” “White Christmas,” and “Amazing Grace.” Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. 1 Hall Drive, Richmond, Ky. Tickets $25. Info: 622-7469 or www.ekucenter.com.
“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”
Children in the audience will join Rudolph and his friends on their classic holiday adventure – an adventure that celebrates the little things that make us different from each other. Friday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. 1 Hall Drive, Richmond, Ky.Tickets $29-$49. Info: 622-7469 or www.ekucenter.com.
Lexington Children’s Theatre
“The Snow Queen”
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Snow Queen” tells the story of Gerda, who must take on the adventure of a lifetime to save the boy she loves. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Lexington Opera House. Tickets $15-$18. Info: 254-4545.
Lexington Opera House
“Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis”
This blend of holiday music and multimedia extravaganza will be sure to dazzle all your senses. Watch Grammy Award winner Chip Davis as he displays his own take on the Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller. Thursday, Dec. 22 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Lexington Opera House. Tickets $31-$88.50. Info: 233-4567
“A Cathedral Christmas”
Enjoy as the halls of The Cathedral of Christ the King reverberate with the joyous sounds of holiday music performed by some of the best emerging soloists in Lexington. Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Cathedral of Christ the King. Tickets $25-$75. Info: 233-4226 or www.lexphil.org. Call for student and group-seating rates.
Norton Center for the Arts
“A Rockin’ Christmas with Brenda Lee”
A superstar since youth, Brenda Lee has cranked out hit holiday songs since 1960 with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Lee has been nominated for four Grammy awards since the early days when she shared the stage with Elvis Presley as a 12-year-old. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts. Tickets $39-$55. Info: (877) HIT-SHOW or www.nortoncenter.com.
The Lexington Singers
This Lexington Singers’ tradition features the most musicians on one stage in Central Kentucky. Guest soloists will join Lexington’s own Metropolitan Opera tenor Gregory Turay, the Singers, and baroque orchestra for a holiday classic for the whole family. Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts. Tickets $9-$27. Info: 338-9888 or www.lexsing.org.
UK Collage: A Holiday Spectacular
Rejoice in the holiday spirit at the annual “Collage” concert presented by UK Choir members, Lexington Singers Children’s Choir and a host of guest ensembles and soloists. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts. Tickets: $13-$27. Info: 257-5897.
UK Opera Theatre
Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song
Community sing-along of holiday favorites conducted by Dr. Everett McCorvey, featuring award-winning vocalists from UK Opera Theatre and the Alltech Opera Scholarship Competition. Sunday, Dec. 11, 5 & 7:30 p.m. The Square, W. Main St. and N. Broadway. Free. Info: 257-9331.