Triangle Offers Family-Friendly Performances in December

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Carolina Ballet Presents Messiah
Nov. 27- Dec. 1 – Carolina Ballet’s feast for the senses is set to Handel’s magnificent score. Messiah recounts the story of Christ and is accompanied by singers from the North Carolina Master Chorale and chamber orchestra musicians. $34-78. 8 p.m., Nov. 27, 29 and 30; 2 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 1. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-719-0900.

Frosty the Snowman
Nov. 29-Dec. 24 – Enjoy this heartwarming children’s tale presented by Storybook Theater about a living snowman. $20-$57. See website for show times. Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 800-745-3000.

Cary Players Present A Christmas Story
Dec. 5-9 – Jean Shepherd’s classic tale follows young Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. $16-$18. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 9; 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8; 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary.

Raleigh Little Theatre Presents Cinderella
Dec. 6-21 – This musical comedy combines elegant costumes and scenery with song, dance, conniving step-relatives and resourceful fairy-folk. All ages. $30. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 12-13 and 19-20; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21. Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. 919-821-4579.

The Nutcracker by Carolina Ballet
Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 20-29 – This production features lavish scenery, jaw-dropping illusions, a live orchestra and more than 100 performers. $34-$110. Showtimes at UNC Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill: 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Showtimes at Durham Performing Arts Center: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Showtimes at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, 23, 26-28; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 21; 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 22; 2 p.m. Dec. 23 and 26-29. 919-719-0900.

Music of the Carolinas: Gmish Klezmer Band
Dec. 8 – Hear klezmer — equal parts fiddle, clarinet and accordion — in a style that blends flashier concert customs with down-home dance traditions. Presented with PineCone. All ages. Free. 3-4 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-664-8302.

The Cary Community Choir Presents Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 8 – Enjoy the Christmas portion of Messiah by George Frederic Handel. Free. 7:30 p.m. Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, 200 High Meadow Dr., Cary.

Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate!
Dec. 11-15 – Enjoy a colossal party live on ice with more than 50 characters and 16 Disney stories. $20-$91. 7 p.m. Dec. 11-12; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15. PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh.

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 12-15, 19-22 – Theatre in The Park’s original musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is adapted for the stage by Ira David Wood III. $30-$80. Showtimes at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium: 7 p.m. Dec. 12-14; 2 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Showtimes at Durham Performing Arts Center: 7 p.m. Dec. 19-21; 2 p.m. Dec. 21-22.

Cary Town Band Presents Winter’s Eve
Dec. 13 – Enjoy a carol sing-along and music to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, the winter solstice and more. Free. 7:30 p.m. Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place , Cary. 919-847-8806.

Concert Singers of Cary Presents Holiday Pops
Dec. 13-14 – Ring in the season with holiday favorites. $18. 8 p.m. Dec. 13; 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 919-645-8435.

Barriskill Dance Theatre School Presents The Nutcracker
Dec. 14-15 – Students from the school perform Tchaikovsky’s enduring holiday ballet. Purchase tickets online. $10-$20. 6 p.m. Dec. 14; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Reynolds Theater, Duke University, 125 Science Dr., Durham. 919-684-4444.

City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Dec. 14-15 – City Ballet’s annual production features a full-length, richly costumed version of the holiday ballet and guest artists from Carolina Ballet. $10 and up. 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 1 p.m. Dec. 15. Enloe High School, 128 Clarendon Crescent, Raleigh.

Raleigh Ringers’ Winter Concert
Dec. 15-16 – The Raleigh Ringers presents its winter handbell concert. Purchase tickets online. $19 adults, $17 students. 4 p.m. Dec. 15; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

Holiday Treasures from Stage and Screen
Dec. 15 – The Durham Children’s Choir and Triangle Wind Ensemble perform music from favorite holiday movies and Broadway shows, including Home Alone, Mame and more. Donations accepted to benefit Durham’s Genesis Home. 7 p.m. N.C. School of Science and Math Auditorium, 1219 Broad St., Durham.

Triangle Brass Band Holiday Concert
Dec. 15 – Enjoy traditional Christmas carols and other holiday selections. Purchase tickets online. $5-$15. 3 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 919-469-4069.

Unity Choir Presents The Glory of Christmas
Dec. 15 and 18 – Enjoy a spirited mix of traditional, classical and world music by the Unity Choir and professional soloists. $12 advance tickets; $15 at the door. $5 for children. Family matinee 3 p.m. Dec. 15; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Unity Church of the Triangle in the Long View Center, 118 S. Person St., Raleigh.

The Irish Tenors
Dec. 18 – Three classically trained singers perform happy songs of celebration and humor, mixed with touching melodies and songs that warm the heart. $37-$87. 8 p.m. Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. 919-560-3030.

The Tenors
Dec. 18 – Four young men create music from their hearts. The Tenors originate from all over Canada and their roots are as diverse as their music. $51-$102. 8 p.m. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts , 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 800-745-3000.

The Burwell School Historic Site Presents A Christmas Carol
Dec. 19 and 21 – Charles Dickens’ timeless tale comes to life. Proceeds benefit the Burwell School Historic Site and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. $15. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19; 5 p.m. Dec. 21. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Rd., Hillsborough. 919-732-7451.

Cary Ballet Presents A Very Cary Christmas
Dec. 19-21 – Enjoy a ballet by the Cary Ballet Company and holiday jazz works by The 3D Project. Purchase tickets online. $12-$15. 7 p.m. Dec. 19-20; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 800-514-3849.

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