“A World of Christmas,” The Upperstage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis
From a quirky Sugar Plum Fairy to Elvis songs to stunningly ethereal dance set to music by Benjamin Britten, the show features a smorgasbord of music and styles from around the globe.
7 p.m. Nov. 30, 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 (continues through Dec. 10).
More: dancekal.org, 317-635-5252.
“It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play,” The Cat Theatre, Carmel
The ensemble brings a few dozen characters to the stage in a “1940s live radio broadcast” of the classic story involving the idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life on Christmas Eve.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2 (continues through Dec. 17).
“Coming Home,” The Theater at The Fort, Lawrence
A melancholy songwriter unable to spend Christmas at home tries to write a spirited song in an effort to recover from a difficult year but can’t find the words until inspired by friends.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3.
Damian Escobar, The Palladium, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel
The self-described “violin crooner” has found success with his crossover blend of classical, jazz, pop, R&B and hip hop.
8 p.m. Dec. 1.
Cost: $25 to $65.
“Holiday Cabaret,” Carmel Community Playhouse, Carmel
Performers from across central Indiana chose a mix of their own traditional, modern, sacred and secular holiday favorites for an intimate, cabaret-style performance.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3.
“Holiday Cabaret on Strings,” The Studio, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel
Back by popular demand for the PP&J series, the Melchoir Marionettes present a fast-paced show of hand-crafted marionettes inviting the audience into singalongs of holiday favorites.
10:30 a.m., Dec. 2
Cost: $10 per child (two free adult tickets per child)
“Joy of the Season,” The Palladium, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel
Soprano Jessamyn Anderson sings “O Holy Night,” and Santa and Mrs. Claus join the Indiana Wind Symphony for songs and tales of the holiday.
7 p.m. Dec. 3.
“A Christmas Carol,” Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis
The theater cast presents a one-hour musical adaptation of the yuletide Charles Dickens classic with traditional carols.
8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 1 p.m. Dec. 5 (continues through Dec. 22).
Cost: $26.50-$36.50 (includes buffet lunch).
More: beefandboards.com, 317-872-9664.
“The Homecoming: A Walton’s Christmas Story,” Westfield Playhouse,” Westfield
Based on the popular “The Waltons” TV show at Christmas 1933 during the Depression, John Boy is sent to look for his father, John, who has yet to return home from work for Christmas Eve.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 (continues through Dec. 15).
“A Christmas Carol,” The Indiana Repertory Theatre Mainstage, Indianapolis
Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and three lively ghosts on a dark, snowy journey that leads to a bright new day of joy, hope and renewal.
7 p.m. Dec. 1, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 2, and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 (continues through Dec. 24).
Cost: From $25.
More: irtlive.com, 317-635-5252.