Cry it Out
Multi-award winning Artistic Director Danielle Fauteux Jacques directs Apollinaire Theatre Company’s production of Molly Smith Metzler’s play, “Cry It Out,” December 20-January 19: Friday,Saturday, 8 p.m.; January 12,19, 3 p.m., Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea. Post-show reception with actors. 617-887-2336, apollinairetheatre.com.
Boston Camerata performs La Estrella: A Hispanic Christmas, Dec. 20, 8 p.m., at All Saints Church –Ashmont, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester; Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High St., Newbury; and Dec. 22, 4 p.m., at the Firist Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. $26-$63, students, $10. Bostoncamerata.org/performances/boston-series/.
The Calamari sisters bring back their holiday music, fun, and dance, in their “Christmas Carol” special, through Sunday, January 5, at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, $30-$60. 781-646-4849, RegentTheatre.com.
North Atlantic Dance Theatre presents “The Nutcracker, December 20, at 5 pm., Dec. 21. 12,5 p.m.,and Dec, 22, at 12 noon, at The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. Dar Williams performs Dec, 27 at 8 p.m., followed by Grateful Ball, featuring Tony Markelis of Trey Anastasio Band and Zach Nugent, formerly of Jerry Garcia Band, Dec.29, at 7:30 p.m. thecabot.org, 978-927-3100, Ticketmaster.
Michael W. Smith
The multi-Platinum, Grammy award-winning artist-author returns performing his special holiday touring concert, featuring special guest Marc Martel, Friday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m. 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. $34-$104.lowellauditorium.com, 800-657-8774.
Corey Rodrigues headlines December 20,21, at 8:30 p.m., followed by Paul D’Angelo, Dec. 27,28, at 8:30 p.m., Each show is $20. New Year’s Eve, usher in the new year at the Kowloon Restaurant at its party featuring Wild Fire Band in the Luau Room, Doors open at 7 p.m.; champagne toast, party favors, dinner buffet 7-9 p.m. Wild Fire Band performs 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 948 Broadway, Route 1N, Saugus. 781-233-0077.
Annual Festival of Lights
The Boston Community Lighting for Chanukah Festival of Lights is held Wednesday, December 18, 4:30-10 p.m., at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. The community candle lighting is at 6:30 p.m. free. Jartsboston.org.
Moonbox Productions presents the touching musical through December 28, at Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., South End., Boston.
Besides Moby-Dick, playing through Jan. 12, American Repertory Theater offers: Thumbelina, a Little Musical, Dec. 20-31; STL GLD with Cliff Notez and Latrell James, New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31; the Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing-along, Dec. 20,21. Amerianrepertorytheater.org, 617-547-8300.
At 9 Wallis St., Downtown Beverly, mentalist Jon Stetson amazes, Dec. 20, $30/$36.Gimmelive,com, 978-525-9093.
House of the Seven Gables Holiday Tours
The Turner-Ingersoll mansion, or House of the Seven Gables, is offering Four Centuries of Christmas house tours through December 31, 115 Derby St., Salem. 7gables.org. 978-744-0991.
Ogunquit Playhouse moves its season production of Annie,” through December 22, to the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, featuring its all-star cast: Josie Todd, Robert Newman, the inimitable Sally Struthers, Broadway’s Jeffry Denman, Angie Schworer, and Gail Bennett. Ogunquit Box Office, 207-646-5511, TheMusicHall.org.
The Boston Pops Orchestra ushers in the holiday season, through December 31, with several surprise guests, at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 800-266-1200, bostonpops.org.
Saxophonists Tucker Antell and Mike Tucker perform with the Ryan Parker Trio, Dec. 20, and the Etienne Charles holiday concert is Dec.. 21, at Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. [email protected], 617-562-4111.
Irving Berlin’s classic musical spins its musical holiday magic again, December 17-29, at Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston. Tickets start at $25. Bochcenter.org, 800-982-2787, Ticketmaster.
The holiday takes a nostalgic turn with the Gamm Theatre’s production of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a live radio play, through December 22, 1245 Jefferson Blvd.; Warwick, RI. Previews, $33; tickets, $45; children, students, $20; 10-more group discounts. 401-723-4266.
Trinity Repertory Theatre presents its Latinx and creative team and cast through January 5, with Tanya Saracho’s dramatic comedy, tickets start at $27 .201 Washington St., Providence, RI. 401-351-4242, TrinityRep.com/fade.
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol
Red Tail Productions and Paul T. Couch presents the new musical, through December 29, at Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. Tickets start at $39.50. emersoncolonialtheatre.com, 888-616-0272.
American Repertory Theater presents the world premiere musical based on Herman Melville’s classic novel, with music, lyrics, book and orchestrations by Dave Malloy, through January 17, tickets from $25. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. AmericanRepertoryTheater.org, 617-547-8300.
Miracle on 34th Street
Greater Boston stage Company presents the beloved, magical Christmas story, based on the Twentieth Century Fox classic movie, through December 22: Friday, 8 p.m., Saturday, 2, 7 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., 7:30 p.m., 395 Main St., Stoneham. $47-$57; seniors, $42-$52; students with valid ID, $20 group, Thrifty Thursday discounts. 781-279-2200,