Don't Miss These Favorite Holiday Performances in Boston

The stage is set to treat yourself to timeless renditions of “The Nutcracker” and “White Christmas,” or delight in reimagined versions of holiday classics.

Sweet sugar plum dreams are sure to follow Boston Ballet’s acclaimed family favorite, “The Nutcracker,” presented through Dec. 29 at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Youth ages 2-22 save 50 percent on select performances with the purchase of an adult ticket. The Dec. 11 performance includes large-print programs, live audio description, ASL interpretation and other enhanced access features. 

Mine owner Ebenezer Scrooge gets an attitude adjustment from some unearthly visitors in “Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol” (Emerson Colonial Theater) Through Dec. 29. Eight-time Grammy Award winner Parton wrote the original score and set the Charles Dickens’ Christmas story in the Great Smoky Mountains during the Great Depression.

Dreaming of a white Christmas? “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical,” Dec. 17-29, is definitely worth making a reality this holiday season. Performing at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, the stage adaptation of the timeless movie includes its irrepressible songs, dancing and witty script. An ASL/open captioned performance is Dec. 23.

Think you know “The Nutcracker”? Think again. Anthony Williams’ “Urban Nutcracker” presents an innovative update on the holiday favorite at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Dec. 19-28. “Urban Nutcracker” blends Duke Ellington sounds and hip hop with Tchaikovsky’s music and classical ballet for a fun and lively performance. 

A tradition unique to this city is the Holiday Pops. Enjoy festive tunes, sing-alongs and visits from Santa Claus from through Dec. 24 (except Dec. 9). The Boston Pops’ remedy to post-Christmas blues involves a special, looney treat—Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, Dec. 28 and 29. And when it’s time to ring out the old year and swing in the new, the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and The Hot Sardines evoke New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls with jazz covers and original compositions. Cash bar and several dining options are available. Dec. 31 at Symphony Hall.