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12/2-27: All I Want for Christmas


Lamb's Players Theatre
1142 Orange Ave., Coronado
619.437.6000, lambsplayers.org
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
760.433.3245, newvillagearts.org
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
858.481.1055, northcoastrep.org
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
619.437.6000, bleepingcrazy.com
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

Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway, Downtown
619.235.9500, cityballet.org
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
800.988.4253, artcenter.org
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
619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org
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
858.550.1010, lajollaplayhouse.org
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
619.232.3121, usgrant.net
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.

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