Performances coming to the San Diego area in December include So You Think You Can Dance Live!, mutiple Nutcrackers, and The Second City Improv All-Stars.
12.1: The Doo-Wop Project Christmas
Tight harmonies get a holiday tribute in this one-night singing celebration that features past performers from the Broadway hits Jersey Boys and Motown the Musical.
12.4-30: The Year to Come
The Playhouse stages the world-premiere of this time-warping work by the rising Lindsey Ferrentino; the piece tracks the fate of a Florida family as its story unfolds backward from 2017 to 2000.
12.4: So You Think You Can Dance Live!
The touring version of the Emmy Award-winning TV hit returns, with the Top 10 contestants from Season 15 of the show.
San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619/858/760.570.1100, sdcivic.org
12.7-9: All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Enemy soldiers put down their guns to share the Christmas spirit during World War I; this family-friendly work (a co-presentation with Bodhi Tree Concerts and SACRA/PROFANA) pays tribute to that real-life moment.
San Diego Opera, San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.533.7000, sdopera.org
12.7-23: The Nutcracker
The beloved Tchaikovsky ballet gets one of its earliest 2018 productions at the Spreckels, with dancers accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra and Chorus.
City Ballet, Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown, 858.272.8663, cityballet.org
12.12-30: Always … Patsy Cline
Patsy Cline oughta have her own national holiday, but North Coast Rep gets the season swinging with this ode to the voice behind Crazy, I Fall to Pieces and Walking After Midnight.
North Coast Rep, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach, 858.481.1055, northcoastrep.org
12.14-23: The Nutcracker
CalBal’s take on the holiday classic brings a cast of more than 150 to the stage of the Civic.
California Ballet, San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 858.560.6741, californiaballet.org
12.20: The Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace tour brings spectacular costumes and a large-scale staging to town once again.
Moscow Ballet, Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619.235.0804, nutcracker.com
12.29-30: The Nutcracker
Sugarplums? Check. Snowfall? Check. San Diego Ballet returns to The Nutcracker with a cast of 100-plus.
San Diego Ballet, Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619.294.7378, sandiegoballet.org
12.29: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
The electronic-meets-symphonic act, a Christmas fixture for decades, brings its distinctive take on the sounds of the season back to the Civic.
Broadway/San Diego, San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619/858/760.570.1100, broadwaysd.com
12.31: The Second City Improv All-Stars
Those improv aces from the fabled Second City troupe offer a chance for you to laugh all the way into 2019.