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This season, houses and storefronts aren’t the only things being decked with holiday lights. Theatre lights are up on a variety of holiday-themed shows around San Diego perfect for the whole family. From that infamous thieving Grinch at the Old Globe Theatre to an evening of Celtic songs with the San Diego Symphony, enjoy a night on the town that is certain to brighten the spirits and warm the hearts this holiday season.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre

Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Old Globe Theatre

Whoville comes alive in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

Bring the family to Whoville! Back for its 15th incredible year, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is taking over the Old Globe Theatre with family favorite songs, “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” The Grinch makes it easy to take the whole family to the theatre, with 11:00 AM matinée performances open to all ages, including children under the age of 3 years old. The Globe will also be offering an autism-friendly performance of The Grinch on December 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

Dates: November 17 – December 29, 2012
Theatre: The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Box Office: 619.234.5623
Cost: Tickets start at $24
> Find out more about Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The Nutcracker at Birch North Park Theater

Nutcracker - San Diego Ballet

The San Diego Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s beloved “Nutcracker” this holiday season.

See snowflakes, sugar plums and Russian dancers swoop and soar across the Birch North Park Theatre and the Mandeville Center at UCSD in San Diego Ballet’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker. In its 21st year, San Diego Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is brought to life with over 100 beautifully costumed dancers, directed and choreographed by Robin Sheretz-Morgan and Javier Velasco.

Dates: December 1-2, 2012 (Birch) and December 16 and 21, 2012 (Mandeville)
Theatres:
- Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (map)
– Mandeville Center at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 (map)
Box Office: 619.294.7378
Cost: $25-$55 (Birch); $20-$50 (Mandeville)
> Find out more about the Nutcracker performance at the Birch North Park Theatre
> Find out more about the Nutcracker performance at the Mandeville Center at UCSD

Festival of Christmas: Christmas on My Mind

Festival of Christmas - Christmas on my Mind - Lamb's Players Theatre

A Festival of Christmas presented by the Lamb’s Players in San Diego.

The Lamb’s Players are bringing back one of Kerry Meads most popular “new” scripts: Christmas on my Mind. A diverse group of travelers finds themselves stranded by an unexpected snowstorm. They all make their way to a cabin in the woods and create a celebration by sharing music and stories. Surprising, fun and refreshing – the performance includes a beautiful blend of original music and traditional favorites.

Dates: November 30 – December 30, 2012
Theatre: Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado CA 92118 (map)
Box Office: 619.437.6000
Cost: $26-$60
> Find out more about Christmas on my Mind by the Lamb’s Players

WCYG Playhouse of the Air Presents A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

Christmas Carol Flyer - Cygnet Theater

A Christmas Carol told as a 1940s live radio show at Cygnet Theatre in San Diego.

Cygnet Theatre continues its annual holiday tradition with a new live radio play. Be a part of the live studio audience as the WCYG Players bring a unique presentation of the classic story, A Christmas Carol, to life in the style of a 1940s radio show. A treat for the whole family, the show is complete with holiday music, commercials and live sound effects.

Dates: November 23 – December 30, 2012
Theatre: Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110 (map)
Box Office: 619.337.1525
Cost: $19-$59
> Find out more about A Christmas Carol at the Cygnet Theatre

A Celtic Celebration with the San Diego Symphony Holiday Pops

Join the San Diego Symphony as they take a visit to the Emerald Isle for a Holiday Pops: Celtic Celebration. With the “luck o’ the Irish” this holiday season, Grammy® Award-winning nine-time all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers joins the San Diego Symphony for an evening of festive Irish holiday favorites including “The Holly Tree,” “Don Oiche Ud im Beithil” (“One Night in Bethlehem”), “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” (in traditional jig time) and “The Wexford Carol” (dating back to the 12th century) along with so many traditional favorites that we’ve come know.

Dates: December 22-23, 2012
Theatre: Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Box Office: 619.231.3848
Cost: $20-$85
> Find out more about Holiday Pops: Celtic Celebration

> Find more Holiday arts & culture events in San Diego