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Holiday Concerts & Theater in Orange County

Experience the arts in the O.C. this holiday season

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The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it a full line-up of Christmas themed plays and performances. Holiday classics, community productions and Christmas concerts -- here's your guide to Christmas concerts and holiday theater in the O.C.

The Nutcracker

When: Varies
Where: Varies

There are several versions of this popular Christmas show. Catch classic adaptations The Nutcracker at Golden West College Theatre in Huntington Beach, at the Barclay Theatre and the Northwood Performing Arts Center in Irvine. Dates and times vary. Check individual websites for details.

Inspecting Carol

When: Nov 11-Dec 18 (Weekends only)
Where: Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano

The Camino Real Playhouse presents and original adaptation of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $24. Visit the website for >event details and to purchase tickets online.

Christmas With the Alley Cats

When: Nov 26
Where: Curtis Theatre, Brea

The Alley Cats put a comedic twist on winter classics in this a capela Christmas show. Tickets are $23 for kids, $26 for seniors and $30 for adults. Visit the website for event and ticketing details.

Christmas Fantasia

When: Dec 1-2
Where: Varies

This holiday concert features The Vanguard University choir and orchestra performing Christmas carols and other musical selections. Tickets start at $25. Visit the website for venue details and to purchase tickets.

Men Alive: Wonderful Worlds of Christmas

When: Dec 2-3
Where: Barclay Theatre, Irvine

Men Alive, O.C. Gay Men's Chorus presents a musical journey through the themes, emotions and spirit of Christmas, at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Tickets are $42.50 and $49.50. See event site for more details.

On Christmas Night

When: Dec 3
Where: R&H Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa

The O.C. Mormon Choral Organization presents its annual Christmas concert featuring five choirs and a symphony orchestra. Tickets start at $18. Visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets.

A Christmas Carol

When: Dec 4-26
Where: SCR Segerstrom Stage, Costa Mesa

In a 30-year tradition, the South Coast Repertory presents the Dickens holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $25. Visit the website for complete event details.

Golden West Pops Christmas Concert

When: Dec 10
Where: St. Joseph Concert Hall, Orange

Get into the holiday spirit with the Golden West Pops concert presentation of "The Night Before..." Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.

An Irish Christmas

When: Dec 10
Where: Barclay Theatre, Irvine

Experience the joy and spectacle of Irish holiday tradition with performance featuring song, dance, storytelling by the Kerry Dance Troupe. Tickets are $48 for adults, $43 for seniors and $28 for kids. Visit the website for full event details.

Handel’s Glorious Messiah

When: Dec 11
Where: R&H Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa

The Pacific Symphony performs the timeless oratorio of the birth, sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Tickets prices range from $25 to $125, and can be purchased online. Visit the website for more details.

Tis the Season!

When: Dec 21
Where: Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa

The So. California Children's Chorus and the Pacific Symphony perform holiday favorites and classic carols. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

When: Dec 24
Where: Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa

Catch the premier of this stage show adaptation of the holiday classic White Christmas at the O.C. Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $25. See website for details.

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