Top Performances and Plays in San Diego: December 2016

Lamb’s Players presents An American Christmas at the US Grant.

Check out our roundup of top performances and plays in San Diego this December.

Edited by Lisa Kelley

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
Through Dec. 24. The heartwarming holiday classic is presented by San Diego Musical Theatre, retold as a live 1940’s-era radio broadcast-with live foley effects and a score of holiday songs. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown, 858.560.5740.

Home Alone with the San Diego Symphony
Dec. 2. The beloved ’90s Christmas film, Home Alone, is part of the San Diego Symphony’s Fox Theater Film Series. Enjoy catching the screening while the the San Diego Symphony orchestra performs the live soundtrack. 8 p.m. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown.

A Snow White Christmas
Dec. 2-24. This updated interactive version of the classic tale—told in the style of a British Panto—features family-friendly magic, comedy, dancing and contemporary pop music. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.

Amy Schumer
Dec. 3. Funny-lady, Amy Schumer, takes her comedy tour to the San Diego stage at Valley View Casino Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District, 619.224.4171.

Lightwire Christmas at Moonlight Amphitheatre

Lightwire Theatre’s A Very Electric Christmas
Dec. 3. Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King. Enjoy this Christmas favorite as the outdoor performance is featured in complete darkness with just the characters’ outlines lit up to see. 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista.

The Dybbuk for Hannah and Sam’s Wedding
Through Dec. 18. World-renowned performer Ron Campbell is joined by Klezmer musician Yale Strom in this immersive retelling of the most celebrated play in Yiddish literature, S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.

Festival of Christmas
Through Dec. 24. This year, Lamb’s Players presents The Angel’s Arms, a festive family-friendly show—featuring dancing and classic holiday songs—set in 1860. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.

The Mystery of Love & Sex at Diversionary Theatre

The Mystery of Love and Sex
Through Dec. 24. Traversing years, shifting relationships and unexpected outcomes, this provocative Southern Gothic romantic comedy peeks behind the curtain of sexuality and race to illuminate secrets of the heart and the fabric of a family. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.220.0097.

A Christmas Carol
Through Dec. 24. Expect 19th-century tradition with a 21st-century twist in this completely reimagined Dickens classic—now a new musical, featuring an original score, puppetry and live sound effects. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.

A Christmas Carol at Cygnet Theatre

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Through Dec. 26. For spirited kids young and old, experience this annual holiday production of a Dr. Seuss classic. Shirley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe Theatre (Photo by Jim Cox)

The Nutcracker
Dec. 9-11, 16-18, 21-23 (City Ballet) and Dec. 10-11, 16-24 (California Ballet). Enjoy two stagings of the timeless holiday classic presented by the City Ballet of San Diego and by the California Ballet. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway downtown, 619.235.9500.; Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

An American Christmas
Dec. 14-24. Step back into 1916 for a memorable feast. Lamb’s Players Theatre presents this delectable four-course holiday meal in a unique setting of festive dance and song for the evening. Guests are encouraged to dress up in festive attire. The US Grant, 326 Broadway, downtown, 619.437.6000.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Dec. 28. The progressive rock musicians perform modern contemporary interpretations of Yuletide favorites. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

Manheim Steamroller at Valley View Casino Center


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