A sure way to keep your holiday season merry and bright is to take time to participate in the magic this time of year provides. Why not hit a Long Island theater, many of which are beautiful and historic, and see a performance? Here are 11 venues to see a holiday show.
1. To benefit East End public radio station WPPB 88.3 FM and celebrate the holiday season, Hamptons-based performing arts troupe Our Fabulous Variety Show is bringing two nights of music, comedy and dance to Guild Hall in East Hampton. WPPB radio personality Bonnie Grice will co-host with the Rev. Rick Boyer of Southampton First Presbyterian Church. Showtimes for "A Holiday Spectacular Spectacular" are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 online, or $25 at the door. Click to order.
2. The musicians of The Southampton First Presbyterian Church present the church's 14th annual Christmas concert on Sunday at 5 p.m. The community is warmly invited to experience the lush harmonies of the Chancel Concert Choir and the rich tones of the FPC Handbell Choir, and join a Christmas carol sing-a-long. The evening will feature a special choir and bell arrangement of, "The Hallelujah Chorus." There will be a free will offering for Hurricane Sandy Relief.
3. The Nutcraker Sweet Ballet will be performed at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15.
4. A Christmas Carol, (holiday show)is playing at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport. This story of Ebenezer Scrooge is playing now through Jan. 6. As part of the youth theater series, the holiday classic - Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer - will be running through Jan. 6.
5. Presented by the Arena Players Children’s Theater, Beauty and the Beast's Magical Christmas, is now playing at the Arena Players Repertory Theater in Centerport through Dec. 23.
6. At the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals – The Winter Wonderettes, is playing through Dec. 23.
7. The Seiskaya Ballet production of the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, returns to Stony Brook's Staller Center. Performances run from Dec. 14 through Dec. 17.
8. The Gateway Presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Dec. 14–30 at Patchogue Theater For The Performing Arts.
9. The Broadhollow Theatre Company presents Bob's Your Elf at the Bayway Arts Center in East Islip, Dec.8- Dec. 23.
10. Coming Dec. 20, the CM Performing Arts Center presents 'Tis the Season, a Holiday Cabaret.
11. Playing at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, through Dec. 29, is Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. and in the children's theater, Barnaby Saves Christmas.