Holidays on the Hill

Onstage for the holidays: shows and concerts

Posted 11/12/21

Things to see and do as the holidays arrive.

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Holidays on the Hill

Onstage for the holidays: shows and concerts

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Signs of things getting back to normal include holiday shows, tours and Santa sightings, and a lot of Christmas caroling

Whatever the age group, there’s something to experience

Because of COVID safety restrictions, seating is limited for most events. Masks are required. Check for vaccination requirements.

Holiday Shows

Little Women, the Musical. Quintessence Theatre is staging the 2005 musical, with book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland, based on (you guessed it) Louisa May Alcott's book. Dec. 1-Jan. 2. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave. quintessencetheatre.org/littlewomen

A Philadelphia Nutcracker. Students of the Philadelphia Dance Theatre in Mt. Airy. “Set in the familiar neighborhood of Victorian Germantown, cobblestone streets, Fairmont Park, and a local mansion are all hallmarks of this beloved production.” Saturday Nov. 27, 1 +  4 p.m. A. Palmer West Performing Arts Center at The Benchmark School, 2107 North Providence Rd, Media. philadancetheatre.org/nutcracker

A Winter’s Dream. Germantown’s International Ballet Exchange presents a new holiday ballet by Christina Castro-Tauser. Dec. 11, 1 + 7 p.m. Teatro Esperanza, 4261 N. 5th St. All tickets $25. Masking required; proof of vaccination required for those 12 and over. ibexchange.ticketleap.com/a-winters-dream/

More on Stage in December

Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones.  In the backwoods of the Bible Belt, the dysfunctional Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 8 p.m. or Sundays at 2. Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Lane. allenslane.org

Test Flights. Circadium’s monthly, multidisciplinary works-in-progress showing for daring artists and curious audiences. Free. Third Thursdays, 7:30. November 18; December 16; January 13, 2022; February 10; March 17; April 14; May 12.  Circus Campus, 6452 Greene Street. circadium.com/testflights/

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson. Historical fantasy is “a passionate, raucous, irreverent, and often hilarious anthem for four female voices, striving to be heard over the man-run horror show that they see around them.” Stagecrafters, Nov. 26, 27, Dec. 2,3,4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12. thestagecrafters.org

Holiday Farm Party and Greens Sale. Refreshments, Campfire, Crafts, and more as you shop for your holiday greens and gifts. Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m. Most activities are free; some items for sale.  The Farm at Awbery Arboretum, 6336 Ardleigh St. awbury.org/event/

A Winter’s Dream. Germantown’s International Ballet Exchange presents a new holiday ballet by Christina Castro-Tauser. Dec. 11, 1 + 7 p.m. Teatro Esperanza, 4261 N. 5th St. All tickets $25. Masking required; proof of vaccination required for those 12 and over. ibexchange.ticketleap.com/a-winters-dream/

Holiday Music

Annual Carol Night. An annual tradition of choirs and bands. Dec. 3. Rotunda, St. Joseph Hall, Chestnut Hill College. chc.edu/events/annual-carol-night-1

Christmas Celebration and Caroling Competition. You can enter the competition or just come and hum along. Dec. 12, 4-7. The Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center, 6815 Emlen St. theirishcenter.org

In addition to the street bands on Stag and Doe Nights and weekends, there are other local music options in the holiday season at local spots.

More to Do

Conversations with Santa.  Schedule an appointment to meet with Santa. Each time slot is for one family. Have your own special meeting with Santa. Bring your wish list. The first appointment is at 1:00 PM. Appointments are scheduled every 15 minutes. Dec.  1, 1-3:30 pm. $10. Santa is vaccinated. Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St. ebenezermaxwellmansion.org/events/

Holiday Farm Party and Greens Sale. Refreshments, Campfire, Crafts, and more as you shop for your holiday greens and gifts. Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m. Most activities are free; some items for sale.  The Farm at Awbery Arboretum, 6336 Ardleigh St. awbury.org/event/

John Derr will have a book signing of “Another Christmas Carol” Dec. 8, 6 p.m. booked., 8511 Germantown Ave.

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