12/2-27: All I Want for Christmas
Lamb’s Players Theatre
1142 Orange Ave., Coronado
Set in San Diego’s Little Italy in 1949, this holiday favorite brings musical merriment to the season with a story of two siblings’ efforts to bring their parents back together.
12/5-31: The 1940’s Radio Hour
New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State St., Carlsbad
Musical classics including “Blue Moon” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” are given new life in this story about a New York radio station’s holiday- themed broadcast in 1942.
12/8-27: This Wonderful Life
North Coast Repertory Theatre
987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach
This one-man adaptation of the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life teaches the lesson: be careful what you wish for.
12/11-12: Women are Crazy Because Men are Assholes
The Horton Grand Theatre
444 Fourth Ave., Downtown
Sunday brunch goes haywire when, among five couples, secrets are unveiled, sexual encounters are exposed, and sanity loses its value.
12/11-23: The Nutcracker
121 Broadway, Downtown
Clara’s (the protagonist’s) dream sequence involves a battle with mice, sugarplum fairies and travels to the Land of Sweets, all brought to vibrant life by City Ballet of San Diego.
12/12-13: Shrek: The Musical
California Center for the Arts
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido
A grumpy ogre falls for a princess with a secret while trying to regain his swampland home.
12/12-20: The Nutcracker
San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave., Downtown
California Ballet Co.'s presentation of the timeless production features accompaniments by the Classics Philharmonics Orchestra (Dec. 12-13) and the San Diego Symphony (Dec. 16-20).
12/16-1/3: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla
This musical pays homage to “America’s Composer,” famed songwriter Irving Berlin, whose original scores include “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.”
12/17-26: An American Christmas
The U.S. Grant Hotel
326 Broadway, Downtown
Pop champagne and enjoy a decadent four-course holiday meal in the Presidential Ballroom of The U.S. Grant Hotel while 24 performers entertain the crowd.