Dec 13, 2014

Handel and Haydn Society's Holiday Sing

Founded in 1815, Grammy-winning period orchestra and chorus Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously run orchestras in the U.S. Celebrate the season in Faneuil Hall's historic Great Hall as Lisa Graham leads the ensemble, a brass quintet and the audience in singing a compilation of popular carols including "The Angel Gabriel," "Joy to the World" and the "Hallelujah" chorus. 1 pm and 3 pm. $5-35. Faneuil Hall, 617.266.4217, www.handelandhaydn.org

Dec 19, 2014

Chorus pro Musica presents Candlelight Christmas at Old South

Music Director Jamie Kirsch directs Chorus pro Musica as the ensemble presents its charming Christmas choral program. Audiences experience music from the Renaissance to today, including selections from Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor, Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" and the commissioned world premiere of American composer James Kallembach's "The Tryal and Examination of Old Father Christmas." 8 pm. Tickets: $25-57. Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., 800.658.4276, www.choruspromusica.org

Dec 03-27, 2014

Boston Pops Holiday Pops

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra make merry with this annual series of joyous, holiday-themed concerts. Patrons will be hard pressed to sit quietly, as the ensemble of world-class musicians turn out classic carols, spirited commissions and popular modern favorites, including Mendelssohn’s classic “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Leroy Anderson’s original “Sleigh Ride,” and a special version of Seuss-favorite “You’re a Mean One, Mr.

Dec 14-21, 2014

Boston Gay Men's Chorus presents Noel

Campy, classical and creative, Boston Gay Men's Chorus rings loud with 175 male voices. This year's version of their annual December offering is a holiday-fueled musical extravaganza featuring traditional carols like "Star of Wonder," "Ave Maria" and "Deck the Hall" as well as fun contemporary numbers like "The Lights Have Been Strung" and "Sparklejollytwinklejingley." Dec. 14 at 3 pm, Dec. 19-21 at 8 pm. Tickets: $15-45. NEC's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., 617.542.7464, www.bgmc.org

Dec 12-13, 2014

Boston Baroque presents Messiah

At NEC's acoustically wonderful Jordan Hall, Martin Pearlman’s world-class baroque, period-instrument orchestra and chorus presents George Frideric Handel's landmark composition, "Messiah," a performance for which the ensemble has been nominated for a Grammy Award. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $25-80. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., 617.987.8600, www.bostonbaroque.org

Nov 28 - Dec 31, 2014

Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker

The Boston Ballet upholds its annual tradition again this year, staging Mikko Nissinen's magical "The Nutcracker" production, redesigned specifically for the Opera House stage back in 2012. Clara, the Sugarplum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince dance and enchant in this timeless tale set to Tchaikovsky's well-known score. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston, 617.695.6955, www.bostonballet.org

Dec 16-28, 2014

Irving Berlin's White Christmas The Musical

Audiences get ready for a brand new production of this romantic holiday classic set at a Vermont inn over the holidays. Two former soldiers have left active duty after World War II to sing and dance on stage, and encounter pretty, performing sisters in the process. Song favorites include "Happy Holiday," "Blue Skies" and the title song. Show times: Tu-Th 7:30 pm, F 8 pm, Sa 2 pm and 8 pm, Su 1 pm and 6:30 pm. Tickets: $35-125. Citi Wang Theater, 270 Tremont St., 800.982.2787, www.citicenter.org

Dec 09-14, 2014

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Musical

Based on the much-loved classic 1964 film, this brand new stage production brings characters like Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, Clarice and, of course, Rudolph to life amid sets that recall their television counterparts. Both kids and adults alike will love watching Rudolph's adventures with his friends, his visit to the Island of Misfit Toys, and as he helps Santa save Christmas. Show times: Tu-W and F 7 pm, Th 10 am and 7 pm, Sa 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm, Su 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm. Tickets: $28-68.

Dec 05, 2014 - Jan 03, 2015

SpeakEasy Stage Company presents Necessary Monsters

One of the Boston Center for the Arts’ resident companies, Speakeasy Stage premieres socially relevant plays and musicals that tackle contemporary and cutting-edge issues. This month, catch Boston playwright John Kuntz's world-premiere twisted dark comedy "Necessary Monsters." Shows: W-Th at 7:30 pm, F at 8 pm, Sa at 4 pm and 8 pm, Su at 3 pm. Tickets: $25-61. Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., 617.933.8600, www.speakeasystage.com

Dec 31, 2014

First Night Boston 2015

The country’s oldest and largest New Year’s Eve arts festival, presented by Highland Street Foundation and the City of Boston, rings in 2015 with 200 performances, events and exhibits. Elaborate ice sculptures can be viewed in Copley Square, Boston Common and elsewhere, fireworks light the night sky at midnight, and the Chinese dragon-studded grand procession winds along Boylston Street starting at 5:30 pm. 1 pm-midnight. Buttons (allow free admission to all indoor events): $10. Events citywide. www.firstnightboston.org

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