Brent Bernasconi

Holiday Theatre Brings the Festive Fun Alive Throughout San Diego

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December is a magical time to be in San Diego. During the warm days you can ice skate by the beach. When the sun goes down, you can put on a jacket, grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy plenty of Christmas lights and amazing holiday theatre. The only question is, will you enjoy all holiday theatre SD offers?

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

dr. seuss how the grinch stole christmas old globe theater san diego

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

The classic holiday book and TV special comes alive on stage at The Old Globe. Join the grumpy Grinch, his dog Max, Cindy Lou and all the other Whoville residents for plenty of family fun including the popular songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze.”

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through December 28, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $24
> Find out more about Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

An American Christmas at The Hotel del Coronado

Lamb's Players' "Festival of Christmas"

Lamb’s Players’ “Festival of Christmas”

Step inside the Hotel Del’s gorgeous ballroom and travel back 100 years for a memorable Christmas feast and celebration. Your hosts are the Marshall family and their friends who love to celebrate the season with a festive party filled with music, dance, story, song and laughter, all woven throughout a delectable 5-course holiday meal.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92120
When: December 16-24, 2013
Cost: $125-$160
> Find out more about An American Christmas at The Hotel del Coronado

Festival of Christmas – “Catch a Falling Star”

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

Hilarious mishaps and mayhem ensue, but the magic and music of Christmas outshines them all.

Ella Eden found it – the remote miner’s cabin tucked away in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevadas, where her father spent one magical Christmas. She’s brought in a musical group to film a musical Christmas card “on location!” Under a canopy of stars, she’s determined to create the perfect gift. However, her nanny didn’t show, the kids are loose, cell phone reception is out on a cliff and the lead singer hasn’t shown.

Where: Lambs Players Theatre – 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: Through December 29, 2013
Cost: $22-$62
> Find out more about Festival of Christmas – “Catch a Falling Star”

A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

Scrooge - A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play at Cygent Theatre

Hear and see Scrooge come alive on the “radio” at this San Diego holiday theater classic

More than 160 years after its debut, Charles Dickens’ story of Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Christmas ghosts still resonates. Now you can watch the story come alive on stage as a radio show within a play, complete with holiday music, commercials and live sound effects.

Where: Cygnet Theatre – 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: Through December 24, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $24
> Find out more about A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a staple of Holiday Theatre

Take an extraordinary journey to the magical Land of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince at a classic ballet performance throughout San Diego.

The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
Where: 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 11-22, 2013
Cost: $10-$15
> Find out more about The Nutcracker in Balboa Park

City Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Where: 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 13-22, 2013
Cost: $29-$69
> Find out more about City Ballet’s The Nutcracker

California Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Where:
 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 14-22, 2013
Cost: $40-$90
> Find out more about California Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker (Men in Tights!)

The Nutcracker: Men in Tights!

The family-friendly show promises the whimsical magic of traditional holiday songs together with the fun and hijinks people have come to love and expect from the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. No one does the holidays like 130 gay men! There’s singing and dancing, naughty and nice, and, yes, actual men in tights!

Where: 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 14-15, 2013
Cost: $27-$70
> Find out more about The Nutcracker (Men in Tights!)

> Discover More Holiday Theater in San Diego

What’s your favorite holiday theatre production or film? Tell us in the comments below.

Maren

Lights up on Holiday Theatre in San Diego

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

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

Aki

Theater Thursday: Holidays Take the Stage

If you’re like me, the holidays arrived out of nowhere and the stress may be bearing down on you about now. With lists to make, gifts to buy, trees to decorate, end-of-year projects to finish, and holiday cards to mail out, you just may be one more task away from shouting BAH, HUMBUG!!

Every year, the holidays come and go, sweeping me up in a frenzy of hectic travel, last-minute gift-buying and furious baking. So I hereby declare that this year will be different. We are staying in San Diego, for one. And two, we are starting a new holiday tradition: To enjoy what the season has to offer and take in some holiday cheer at the theater. San Diego offers a variety of holiday-themed plays and performances that will surely get you to slow down and reflect on what this season is all about. Be inspired, celebrate and enjoy some of these lively shows!

The Nutcracker
San Diego Civic Theatre
Through December 23, 2011

Be swept away by this magical and classic tale of a girl and her holiday dream. Featuring the talented and dazzling dancers of the California Ballet company, accompanied with soaring overtures by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Cygnet Theatre
Through December 31, 2011

Take a visit to Studio A of WCYG Radio for the telling of this classic tale about a selfless man on the verge of giving up his life, and the apprentice angel who earns his wings by helping him see how his town, family, and friends would have turned out if he had never been born.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Old Globe Theatre
Through December 31, 2011

Based on the classic Dr. Seuss book the Old Globe Theater presents a production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the season with this whimsical musical, back for its 14th year, in a theater that’s been transformed into the snow-covered and festive Whoville.

Festival of Christmas: The Spirit of Christmas Present
Lamb’s Players Theater
Through December 31, 2011

Enjoy this quirky and fun production by the talented actors and singers of Coronado’s Lamb’s Players’ in their yearly Festival of Christmas showcase. This year’s production premises on unknowing neighbors – an 8 year-old orphan, a Vietnam Vet, a Pop Star and a former investment banker – brought together by Mrs. Riley, the neighborhood welcome wagon, as they discover a sense of community.