The Christmas Season arrives with a flurry this year, both in the sense that a flurry can be a short period when lots of stuff happens or when a little bit of snow falls.
MRS. SCROOGE — The Edgemar Center for the Arts puts a witty twist on Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This West of Broadway production takes place on Christmas Eve, when a teen angel, in an effort to earn his wings, hires some wild and wacky freelance ghosts to reform the spoiled and bratty Mrs. Scrooge. But when one of the ghosts goes rogue, the audience joins in a snowball fight to save the day.
“It’s the only place to have a Christmas snowball fight in L.A.,” says the company’s founder Diane Namm.
The play runs two Saturdays only, 2 and 4:30 p.m. December 6th and 13th; at 2437 Main St., Santa Monica.
For children of all ages. $15 for adult admission and $10 for children under 12.
Information, 310-428-3343, www.westofbroadway.org/.
ALIAS SANTA CLAUS — The Santa Monica Playhouse Family Theatre Musical Matinee Series for Kids 2 to 102 has proudly presented this pioneering tale for the past 30 years.
“I can still remember the smiles on those kids’ faces when we opened in 1977. And now, 31 years later, those kids are bringing their own kids back to see this wonderful holiday musical,” says Playhouse Associate Director John Waroff. Waroff reprises his role as Nick, the jolly, bearded stranger who visits the Matthews family in the late 1800s to deliver more than gifts.
Opening Saturday, December 6th, performances are at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December 21st, with a special Winter Break weekday matinee at 2 p.m. Monday, December 22nd; at 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $10.50 for kids 12 and under, $12.50 for adults.
Information, (310) 394-9779 or www.SantaMonicaPlayhouse .com/.
A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION — Santa Monica College Concert Chorale welcomes Peter Graves as the special guest narrator of this marvelously musical evening. If the sultry resonance of Captain Oveur (from Airplane!) isn’t enough to put you in the seats, the program also includes seasonal favorites, special guests, audience sing alongs, and, most important, hand bells.
7:30 p.m. December 6th and 7th at the First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica. The suggested donation is $20 general admission and $15 for students and senior citizens.
Information, (310) 393-8258 or www.smc.edu/.
MAKE OUR GARDEN GROW — The Mansfield Chamber Singers presents a concert featuring “songs of the season, spiritual thanksgiving and love of nature in gratitude for 30 years of sharing music in Los Angeles,” says the group’s founder and artistic director, Kenneth Wells. The Mansfield Chamber Singers have performed on the Westside since 1979, toured Europe, and even hit the big time at Carnegie Hall.
The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6th, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 958 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Voluntary donations are requested.
Information, (310) 471-1247.
MAIN STREET HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA — Because the Christmas season is not just about singing, but also about shopping and prizes, over 35 businesses up and down Main Street in Santa Monica host one big holiday party from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 6th.
The event kicks off with Christmas tree lighting festivities on the lawn of the California Heritage Museum, as the songs of the season are sung by the Samohi Choir, The Santa Monica Chorus, soloist Jo Todd, and Santa Claus himself (he’s a bass.) After that tree lighting, Santa leads a candlelight walk to a giant shopping cart holiday tree, which must also be lit. Only this time, the musical accompaniment will be the zany carols of The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers. Free to the public.
Information, (310) 899-9555 or www.mainstreetsm.com/.
ECO-CONSCIOUS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE — While shopping is vital to the holiday season, perhaps wastefulness is not? The Creative Chakra Spa at 3401 Pacific Ave. on the Marina Peninsula, brings together a collection of all-natural, healthy living, green gift ideas. In conjunction with the boutique, eco-artist Brett Woods will be showing over 30 pieces of his work.
Sunday, December 7th, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Information, (310) 823-9378.
CONSCIOUS HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW — Green is part of the traditional color scheme of the season, so why not spotlight one more eco-friendly gift fair? Besides, according to the show’s co-founder, Robert Quicksilver, “this show is a great opportunity for us to give back by purchasing items that will help the environment, small business and those in need.”
December 6th and 7th, 10 a.m to 6 p.m., at the LAX Hilton Hotel, 5711 Century Blvd.
Information, (800) 367-5777, www.consciouslifeexpo.com.