This Month's Family Performances in the Triangle
Experience holiday charm in “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium through Dec. 24.
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Nothing beats theater and live shows for beauty, suspense, laughs and learning. Check out what's happening this month on stages in Raleigh, Durham and surrounding Triangle towns
'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical'
Through Dec. 24 – Fletcher Theater, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $22 and up. See the classic story brought to life onstage featuring favorite characters Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Rudolph and more. Purchase tickets online. ticketmaster.com.
'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
Dec. 1-10 – Theatre in the Park, 107 Pullen Rd., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $12/person. Enjoy the classic Christmas TV special performed live on stage as Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of Christmas, with help from Linus. A sensory-friendly show takes place Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Contact the box office at 919-831-6058 for more information about this performance for those with special needs. theatreinthepark.com.
Cary Players Present 'A Christmas Story'
Dec. 1-4 – Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. Join Ralphie Parker on his quest to get a Red Ryder air rifle from Santa. etix.com.
Dec. 1-17 – Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $26 and up. This visually stunning musical combines elegant costumes and scenery with singing, dancing, conniving step-relatives and resourceful fairy folk. raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/cinderella.
Infinity Ballet Theatre Presents 'Nutcracker Dances'
Dec. 1-3 – Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $8/person. Talented ballet students perform the classic holiday ballet. etix.com.
'Peter Pan & Wendy'
Dec. 1-17 – Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $25/adult, $15/student. Burning Coal Theatre Company presents a stage production based on the beloved children’s novel by J.M. Barrie. Purchase tickets online. burningcoal.org.
Folk Angel Christmas Concert
Dec. 2 – Binkley Chapel, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 120 S. Wingate St., Wake Forest. 7-9:30 p.m. $5/person. Folk Angel from the Village Church in Texas performs a Christmas concert. All ages. Purchase tickets online. eventbrite.com/e/folk-angel-christmas-concert-tickets-36417072444.
Triangle Youth Ballet Presents 'The Nutcracker'
Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9 – Performances Dec. 2-3 are at Hanes Theater at Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Rd., Chapel Hill. Performances Dec. 9 are at Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $10-$27/person. Triangle Youth Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet. Purchase tickets online. triangleyouthballet.org/the_nutcracker.html.
Carolina Puppet Theatre Presents 'Rudolph'
Dec. 5 – Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs. 11 a.m. $5/person. Puppets tell the beloved tale of Rudolph. Purchase tickets online. etix.com.
Fantasia: 'Christmas After Midnight'
Dec. 6 – Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 7:30 p.m. See the website for fees. Grammy-winner Fantasia performs her greatest hits and new holiday music. Purchase tickets online. ticketmaster.com.
Triangle Wind Ensemble Presents 'A Joyful Celebration'
Dec. 8 – Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 7:30 p.m. $15/adult, $5/child. Holiday films with live music, songs of the season and other goodies usher in the season at this annual concert. Purchase tickets online. etix.com.
Triangle Youth Philharmonic Presents "Musicians With a ‘Crowdsourced Chorus' "
Dec. 8 – Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh. 8 p.m. Free. Take part in an annual singalong of Handel’s “Messiah.” Food bank donations appreciated. philharmonic-association.org/concerts/2017-18-concerts.html.
'A Fairytale Christmas Carol' and 'The Great Big Holiday Bake Off: A Confectionary Christmas Musical'
Dec. 8-9 – Halle Cultural Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $6-$10/person. Enjoy two musicals in one performance. “A Fairytale Christmas Carol” mingles the traditional story of “A Christmas Carol” with classic fairy tales. “The Great Big Holiday Bake Off: A Confectionary Christmas Musical” spotlights contestants as they complete one final task in a confectionary cooking competition. etix.com.
City Ballet Presents 'The Nutcracker'
Dec. 8-9 – Stewart Theatre, North Carolina State University, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $15-$30/person. City Ballet Raleigh presents its 25th annual performance of the family-friendly ballet featuring guest artists from Carolina Ballet dancing alongside 80 children in the classic roles of Clara, mice, soldiers, flowers, snowflakes and more. city-ballet.com/tickets.
The Raleigh Ringers’ Holiday Concert
Dec. 9-10 – Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $20/adult, $10/student. The Raleigh Ringers perform holiday handbell music. rr.org.
Captain Kid and Jax Perform
Dec. 10 – Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 2:30-3:30 p.m. $3/person. Captain Kid performs with his talented macaw, Jax. carrbororec.org
Wake Forest Children’s Choir’s Holiday Concert
Dec. 12 – Wake Forest Renaissance Center, 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest. 6 p.m. Free. The choir performs an evening of holiday favorites for all ages. facebook.com/wfchildrenschoir.
'A Christmas Carol'
Dec. 12-23 – Center for Dramatic Art, 250 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $15 and up. Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. playmakersrep.org/show/christmas-carol.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: 'Winter Tour 2017: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve'
Dec. 13 – PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 7:30 p.m. $43-$75/person. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents a holiday spectacular for all ages. Purchase tickets online. ticketmaster.com.
'Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker'
Dec. 13-14 – Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $28 and up. Larger-than-life puppets, Russian-made costumes and a 60-foot magical Christmas tree highlight the Moscow Ballet’s holiday treat. Purchase tickets online. carolinatheatre.org.
Capital City Girls Choir Winter Concert: 'Do You Hear What I Hear?'
Dec. 15 – Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 7:30 p.m. $15/person. Celebrate the Capital City Girls Choir’s 30th anniversary season with a concert featuring music written by composers from all over the world. capitalcitygirlschoir.org.
Cary Town Band Presents 'Winterfest 17'
Dec. 15 – Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place, Cary. 7:30 p.m. Free. Celebrate the season with favorite carols and enjoy a singalong. townofcary.org.
Barriskill Dance Theatre Presents 'The Nutcracker'
Dec. 15-17 – Reynolds Theater, Duke University, 125 Science Dr., Durham. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet. barriskilldance.com.
Cary Ballet Presents 'The Nutcracker Suite'
Dec. 15-17 – Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $21-$25/person. Cary Ballet Company presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet. caryballetcompany.org/nutcracker.
'It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year'
Dec. 16 – The Clayton Center, 111 E. 2nd St., Clayton. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. $15/person. The Johnston County Chorale and special guests sing Christmas favorites. facebook.com/musicalfun1977.
Triangle Youth Philharmonic’s Holiday Concert
Dec. 17 – Athens Drive High School Auditorium, 1420 Athens Dr., Raleigh. 4 p.m. $15/adult, $5/child. The Triangle Youth String Orchestra performs its annual holiday concert. All ages. Purchase tickets online. etix.com.
Raleigh Boychoir Presents 'Carols of Christmas'
Dec. 22 – Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh. 7 p.m. Hear the glorious sounds of the Raleigh Boychoir as it performs its annual holiday concert. Purchase tickets online. rbc2017carols.brownpapertickets.com.
North Carolina Symphony Presents 'A New Year’s Eve Celebration Concert'
Dec. 31 – Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 8 p.m. $37-$84. Ring in 2018 in style, with the unparalleled sound of a full symphony orchestra. Purchase tickets online. ncsymphony.org.