Light and glass blooming at Phipps
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will be decked with illuminated glass installations, enchanting LED lights and thousands of festive flowers for the Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden, opening Friday and running through Jan. 12.
It features the work of artists Matthew McCormack and Jenn Figg and will showcase a colorful variety of glass mushrooms, ferns, bromeliads and tillandsia while a network of constellations transforms the ceiling overhead with stars twinkling and fading. Poinsettias, amaryllis, paperwhites and other favorites will also be incorporated into many of the garden scenes.
The outdoor Winter Light Garden returns with glowing orbs, “dripping” icicles, luminous trees and a fountain of light, and the Garden Railroad takes spectators on an adventure through Phipps Prehistoric Park, complete with dinosaurs.
Other holiday events include: Santa Visits (Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 22, plus Nov. 29 and Dec. 2); Candlelight Evenings (Nov. 29-Jan. 12); Brunch in Bloom (Sundays in December, plus Jan. 5); Holiday Tea (Dec. 6 and 7); Gifts and Greens Market (Dec. 5, 6 and 7); Family Fun Days (Dec. 26-30); and a New Year’s Eve Family Celebration (Dec. 31).
An exhibition of landscape and still-life watercolor paintings by artist Michael M. Strueber will also be on view in the Welcome Center during the run of Winter Flower Show and can be purchased through the gift shop. More details can be found at phipps.conservatory.org.
Hours for Winter Flower Show are 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. for Winter Light Garden. Phipps closes at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopens at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages two-18). Members and kids under 2 enter free.
Pittsburgh CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol” is in good hands once again with the venerable Tom Atkins assuming the role of Scrooge in the 22nd annual production of the holiday classic. It runs Dec. 6-22 at the Byham Theater, Downtown.
Pittsburgh Musical Theater counters with its “A Lyrical Christmas Carol” at New Hazlett Theater, North Side, Dec. 19-22.
Little Lake Theatre in North Strabane puts a twist on Dickens with Christopher Durang’s “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge,” a rollicking parody designed to get you laughing. It runs through Dec. 14.
For something completely different, Pittsburgh Public Theater welcomes The Second City — the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and more — in “The Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue,” a seasonal blend of songs, scenes and improvisation. It runs Dec. 12-14 at the O’Reilly Theater, Downtown.
Palace of carols
The Palace Theatre in Greensburg is going wild with the holiday concerts, and they come in many flavors.
The run of shows begins on Saturday with “Branson on the Road: Christmas,” a country concert in the style of the Grand Ole Opry road shows.
It picks up next weekend with Temptations Christmas & Hits, featuring what’s left of the classic Motown band, on Dec. 5. One night later, Doobie Brother Michael McDonald brings his raspy blue-eyed soul to “This Christmas.” Those shows, of course, will also feature non-holiday selections.
Finally, on Dec. 16, it’s the Kenny G Holiday Show, led by the Pied Piper of crossover jazz-pop.
All of the lights
KENNYWOOD HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Christmas light show set to music, carolers, performances by local choirs, holiday foods, a model train exhibit, petting zoo, visits with Santa Claus and more. Rides open are Ghostwood Estate, Gingerbread Express (Olde Kennywood RR), Merry-Go-Round, Paratrooper, Kangaroo, Turtle and up to nine Kiddieland rides. $15.99, plus $1 amusement tax; save $2 with tickets from participating Giant Eagle locations. Children 2 and under free; $24.99 for a Holiday Lights pass; free with season pass. Fri.-Sun. 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 22. www.kennywood.com.
OGLEBAY WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Oglebay Park, Wheeling, W.Va. Six-mile drive-through with 80 light displays, including the Christmas Tree Farm. This year’s other new displays are Woodpeckers and Leaping Frog, and the Oglebay Village has been expanded. Sun.-Thurs. from dusk-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. until 11 p.m., through Jan. 5. Donation requested. 1-800-624-6988; www.oglebay-resort.com,
Places to be
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART/NATURAL HISTORY: Oakland. “Carnegie Trees 2013: Embracing the Art of Play” features unique decorations for each tree, inspired by the spirit of creative play running through the 2013 Carnegie International (Dec. 5-Jan. 12). Preview party Dec. 4, 5:30-8 p.m. ($75; 412-622-3325). Neapolitan presepio, a miniature Nativity scene with more than 100 life-like figures created between 1700-1830 (Friday through Jan. 9), tours daily. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. 412-622-3131; www.carnegiemnh.org.
CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER: North Shore. The Miniature Railroad & Village reopens Friday, with the Allegheny County Mortuary as the new addition. Two Omnimax movies spotlighting trains run through Jan. 1: “Rocky Mountain Express” and “The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience.” With Lionel Days, visitors will enjoy museum-quality artifact displays, classic train displays from Lionel’s own collection, and festive train decorations on the grand holiday tree, all on loan from Lionel. Locomotion Weekend, Dec. 14-15, features a rail yard full of guest train displays by local hobbyists. Scheduled activities include an interactive Kid’s Zone with easy-to-use train sets for building. Bring your own model trains for a free checkup at the “Loco Doctor” table, which includes basic repairs, cleaning and oiling. Engineers of all ages will love the operating train layouts and hands-on activities. Breakfast Express features trains, stories, breakfast, “The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience” and guest Mr. McFeely (Dec. 7, 14 and 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Holiday Magic laser show (daily through Jan. 1). 412-237-3400 or CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
COMPASS INN MUSEUM: Route 30, Laughlintown. Restored stagecoach stop built in 1799 features Christmas Tours, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 3-7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1; Festival of Lights, Dec. 7-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Christmas Candlelight Tours, 3-7 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. 724-238-4983.
FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER: Point Breeze. Clayton holiday tour, “A Pittsburgh Christmas,” focusing on Pittsburgh Christmases of the late 19th century, when the Frick children were young. Seasonal craft workshops and other programs through Jan. 5. Holiday hours: Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour Clayton at-your-own-pace on Nov. 29. Extended hours Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26, when Clayton is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (last tour at 8 p.m.), and The Cafe 10 a.m.-9 p.m., with dinner seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Clayton admission: $12 adults; $10 seniors, students, military. Reservations strongly recommended.
GATEWAY CLIPPER CRUISES: Station Square. Santa Family Fun Cruises with Santa and DJ, Sat.-Sun. 1:30-3:30 p.m. (board 1 p.m.) through Dec. 22, $25, $12 kids; Holiday Dinner Cruise, Fri.-Sat. 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 21, $55; Holiday Luncheon Cruises, Dec. 14 and 20 at noon, $35, $18 kids. 412-355-7980; www.gatewayclipper.com.
HARTWOOD ACRES: Indiana Township. The mansion is decorated for the holidays. Candlelight Tours Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, 9-10 from 5-8 p.m. (by reservation), $6. 412-767-9200; www.alleghenycounty.us/parks.
NATIONAL AVIARY: North Side. Photos with Santa and a penguin, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free with general admission. www.aviary.org.
NATIONALITY ROOMS: Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland. Rooms are decorated for the holidays through Jan. 17. Narrated tape tours are available Saturdays 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $4 adults; $2 kids 6-18. 412-624-6000; In addition, the Nationality Rooms will host a holiday open house from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. There is no charge to attend the open house. www.pitt.edu/~natrooms.
OLD ECONOMY VILLAGE: Ambridge. Christmas at the Village, Dec. 7-8, 2-9 p.m.; Christmas Dinner, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. 724-266-4500; www.oldeconomyvillage.org.
OLIVER MILLER HOMESTEAD: South Park. Scots-Irish Celebration, Dec. 1, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; An End and a Beginning: Hogmanay and Haggis, Dec. 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m. 412-835-1554.
PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM: Washington, Pa. Ride with Santa on vintage trolleys, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15 at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 724-228-9256; www.pa-trolley.org.
PEOPLES GAS HOLIDAY MARKET: Market Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring vendors housed in Alpine-style wooden chalets, musical performances and a house for Santa Claus with a bay window, an ice-capped chimney and a candy cane entryway. Weekdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 23.
PHIPPS CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS: Schenley Park, Oakland. Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden capture the magic of light and glass, Friday through Jan. 12; Santa Visits (Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 22, plus Nov. 29 and Dec. 2); Candlelight Evenings (Nov. 29-Jan. 12); Brunch in Bloom (Sundays in December, plus Jan. 5); Holiday Tea (Dec. 6 and 7); Gifts and Greens Market (Dec. 5, 6 and 7); Family Fun Days (Dec. 26-30); and a New Year’s Eve Family Celebration (Dec. 31). 412-622-6914; phipps.conservatory.org.
PPG PLACE WINTERGARDEN: Stanwix Street, Downtown. “Spirits of Giving From Around the World” display of life-size Santas and original paintings capturing a world of Christmas folklore and fantasy. Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. through Jan. 7. Free. www.ppgplace.com.
RINK AT PPG PLACE: Downtown. Skating around the Christmas tree. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun. noon-8 p.m. $8; $7 kids and seniors; $3 rental. 412-394-3641.
SWEETWATER CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 200 Broad St., Sewickley. Annual Holiday Mart, Dec. 1-8; “Champagne and Shopping” with food and music, Nov. 30, 5-7 p.m. ($40; $50); Holiday Luncheon, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ($20); Light Up Night “Let the Men Cook” dinner, Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m. ($15; $5 kids 12 and under). 412-741-4405.
Parades and things
MY MACY’S HOLIDAY PARADE: Begins at Liberty Technology Center, 2200 Liberty Ave., Strip, and goes Liberty Avenue to Grant Street, right onto Fifth Avenue, left onto Liberty Avenue and left onto Stanwix Street. Appearances by Eric Martsolf (Brady Black on “Days of Our Lives), singer Peter Rivera (of Rare Earth), Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (season six of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”), Phil McKeon (from the sitcom “Alice”), Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Olympic Gold Medalist gymnast Carly Patterson, and the King family of Freedom Farms in Butler. Plus, Shortcake, Pajanimals, Calliou and Yogi Bear, local high school marching bands and a cappella group Double Shot. Nov. 30, 9-11 a.m. An encore presentation of the Parade will air on PCNC later that day from 6-8 p.m. www.pittsburghparade.com.
LIGHT UP NIGHT IN SEWICKLEY: Dec. 6, 6 p.m.; Santa Parade, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m. www.sewickleyborough.org.
HOLIDAY UNWRAPPED: Dance performances set to classical, jazz and klezmer music. Attack Theatre, 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 11 a.m. (Also: “Holiday Games” Dec. 7, noon-2 p.m.). www.attacktheatre.com.
REINDEER BALL: Dressed in their holiday finest, young children and their families will experience the musical “A Christmas in Oz”; dance with Dorothy, Toto and friends; create art projects; enjoy face painting, caricatures and holiday cookie decorating; and savor buffet stations. Proceeds benefit A Child’s Place at Mercy Health System. Dec. 1, 4-7 p.m. The Westin Convention Center, Downtown. $100; $50 for children. www.pmhs.org/events.
FIRST NIGHT: Downtown. Celebration with musicians, dancers, puppeteers, actors and poets to greet the new year. Dec. 31. www.firstnightpgh.org.
THE SHOEMAKER AND THE CHRISTMAS ELVES: Stage Right, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Nov. 29, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $8-$9. 724-836-8000 or www.thepalacetheatre.org.
SLEEPING BEAUTY HOLIDAY Gemini Theater, The Factory, Point Breeze. Nov.24-Dec. 23; Sat.-Sun. 1 and 3:30 p.m. $12. 412-243-5201 or www.geminitheater.org.
MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE Christopher Durang’s twist on Dickens. Little Lake Theatre, Route 19, North Strabane. Nov. 27-Dec. 14; Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. (no performance Thanksgiving Day). $12-$18. 724-745-6300.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Performed as a radio play. Butler Little Theatre, Butler. Dec. 27-29; Fri.-Sat. 8:15 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m. $10. 724-287-6781.
LATSHAW POPS CHRISTMAS SHOW: Featuring the Latshaw Pops Orchestra. The Chadwick, McCandless, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $46.95; Palace Theatre, Greensburg, Dec. 10, 2 and 8 p.m., $25-$35. Reservations required for all performances: 1-800-528-7429.
A LYRICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL Pittsburgh Musical Theater Presents, New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square, North Side. Dec. 19-22. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. $10-$20. 412-539-0900, ext. 232.
A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL Tom Atkins takes the role as Scrooge in this holiday favorite. Pittsburgh CLO at Byham Theater, Downtown. Dec. 6-22. Thurs.-Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. noon, 4 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 and 6 p.m. (exceptions). $14.75-$60.75. 412-456-6666 or www.pittsburghclo.org.
PLAID TIDINGS: Holiday edition of “Forever Plaid.” CLO Cabaret, Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown. Through Jan. 12. Wed.-Thurs. 7:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m.; Thurs. 1 p.m.; some exceptions. $42-$32.75. 412-456-6666.
GODSPELL: A modern-day musical based on the Gospel according to Matthew. Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road, Richland. Fri.-Sat. $10-$28. 724-444-5326. www.keantheatre.com.
RUDOLPH, FROSTY, THE GRINCH & FRIENDS: Celebrating the music of classic TV Christmas specials. The Strand Theater, Zelienople, Nov. 30, Dec. 14 and 21, 2 p.m. $10-$20. 724-742-0400; www.thestrandtheater.org.
A TAFFETA CHRISTMAS: The holiday version of the fabulous singing Taffetas. The Theatre Factory, Trafford. Dec. 5-15. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m. $16-$18. Dinner/theater packages available. 412-374-9200; www.TheTheatreFactory.com.
MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS: Little Lake Theatre, 500 Lakeside Drive South, Canonsburg. Through Dec. 15. Sat.-Sun. 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 1 and 8 at 4:30 p.m. $10-$5.50. 724-745-6300.
THE NUT-CRACKING HOLIDAY REVUE: Pittsburgh Public Theater presents The Second City comedy troupe in a seasonal blend of scenes, songs and improvisation. 8 p.m. Dec 12-14. O’Reilly Theater, Downtown. $48, $38, $28 and $15.75. 412-316-1600 or ppt.org.
BELLE VOCI: “Beautiful Voices at Christmas,” St. Stanislaus Parish, Strip District. Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Worship service performance, Faith United Methodist Church, Fox Chapel. Dec. 8, 10 a.m. www.bellevocipgh.com.
BUTLER COUNTY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: “Holiday Traditions,” Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. http://butlersymphony.org or 724-283-1402.
CELTIC TENORS Strand Theater, Zelienople, Dec. 1 (sold out) and Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. www.thestrandtheater.org or 724-742-0400.
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Philharmonic and Choirs’ annual Holiday Concert. Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. www.music.cmu.edu.
CHATHAM BAROQUE: “Notte di Natale.” St. James Church, Sewickley, Dec. 20, 8 p.m.; Synod Hall, Oakland, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University, Shadyside, Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. www.chathambaroque.org.
CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL CHORUS: “Holiday Concert.” East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. $17-$23. www.showclix.com or 1-888-71-TICKETS.
EDGEWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: “Home for the Holidays.” First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. www.showclix.com.
HEINZ CHAPEL CHOIR: Holiday concerts, Heinz Memorial Chapel, Oakland, Nov. 30 and Dec. 6, Dec. 1 and 8, 3 p.m. www.pitt.edu/~heinzcc/ or 412-624-7529.
MASTERWORKS CONCERT CHORALE: Christmas Masterworks. First Presbyterian Church, Murrysville, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. 412-607-8108 or www.MCCsings.com.
MUSIC ON THE MOUNT: “Christmas Brass.” St. Mary of the Mount, Mount Washington, Dec. 15, 3 p.m. www.duq.edu/music.
NORTH SUBURBAN SYMPHONIC BAND: Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, 3579 Masonic Way, Ross, Dec. 15, 3 p.m. www.nssband.org.
PITTSBURGH CAMERATA: “It Was All Shining: A Camerata Christmas.” St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Highland Park, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, Dec. 13, 8 p.m.; and Sixth Presbyterian Church, Squirrel Hill, Dec. 14, 8 p.m. www.pittsburghcamerata.org.
PITTSBURGH CIVIC ORCHESTRA: “Russian and Rusyn Christmas,” Upper St. Clair High School. Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. www.pittsburghcivicorchestra.net or 412-279-4030.
PITTSBURGH CONCERT CHORALE: “Sounds of the Season.” Ingomar United Methodist Church, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8, 4 p.m.; Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. www.pccsing.org or 412-635-7654.
PITTSBURGH OPERA: “Holiday Brown Bag Concert.” Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, Strip District, Dec. 14, noon. “Friends of Pittsburgh Opera: Holiday Brunch,” Fairmont Hotel, Downtown, Dec. 15, 12:30 p.m. www.pittsburghopera.org or 412-456-6666.
PITTSBURGH PHILHARMONIC: Holiday Pops. Dec. 6-7, 8 p.m. www.pghphil.org or 412-223-7501.
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY POPS: With conductor Todd Ellison plus singers Nikki Renee Daniels, Vanessa Campagna, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Symphony Brass and more. Heinz Hall, Downtown, Dec. 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 13-14 and 20-21 at 8 p.m. “The Rat Pack Christmas,” Heinz Hall, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m., Dec. 26 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 27 at 8 p.m., Dec. 28 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 29 at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Holiday Pops, Scottish Rite Cathedral, New Castle, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
PITTSBURGH YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Family Carol Sing-Along Concert, 7 p.m.. Saints John & Paul Church, Franklin Park, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. 412-630-9535 or www.pyco.org.
RENAISSANCE & BAROQUE SOCIETY: Piffaro with soprano Laura Heimes, “Drive the Cold Away.” Synod Hall, Oakland. Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. www.rbsp.org or 412-361-2048.
RENAISSANCE CITY CHOIRS: “Welcome Home.” East Liberty Presbyterian Church Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. rccpittsburgh.com or 412-345-1722.
RIVER CITY BRASS: “Christmas Brasstacular” with Fox Chapel and Westmoreland Choral Society. Dec. 5-7, 10-12, various times and venues. www.rivercitybrass.org or 1-800-292-7222.
SOUTH HILLS CHORALE: Holiday concert. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair. Dec. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. www.southhillschorale.org or 412-220-4227.
WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: “Ho, Ho, Ho With the WSO.” Trinity High School, Washington, Pa. Dec. 7, 8 p.m., and Dec. 8, 3 p.m. www.washsym.org or 724-223-9796.
WEST HILLS SYMPHONIC BAND: “That Christmas Feeling.” West Allegheny High School. Dec. 8, 3 p.m. Free. 412-788-4713
WESTMORELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: “Home for the Holidays.” Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Dec. 21, 8 p.m. http://westmorelandsymphony.org or 724-837-1850.
BRANSON ON THE ROAD: CHRISTMAS: Palace Theatre, Nov. 30, 2 p.m. $25-$35; 724-836-8000.
MARK MILOVATS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: A CHRISTMAS IN HAWAII: Byham Theater, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. $39.75; 412-456-6666.
TEMPTATIONS CHRISTMAS & HITS: Palace Theatre, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. $38-$68; 724-836-8000.
MICHAEL McDONALD: THIS CHRISTMAS: Palace Theatre, Dec. 6, 8 p.m. $45-$85; 724-836-8000.
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: Consol Energy Center, Dec. 7, 3 and 8 p.m. $30-$68.50, www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.
DONNY AND MARIE CHRISTMAS IN PITTSBURGH: Consol Energy Center, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. $28.50-$119; www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.
HOLIDAY HOOTENANNY & PAJAMA JAM: Joy Ike, Billy Price, Casey Hanner (Donora), Chet Vincent, Josh Verbanets (Meeting of Important People), Neighbours. Stage AE, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. $15; wyep.org.
CASTING CROWNS: Petersen Events Center, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., $29-$49, www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.
KENNY G HOLIDAY SHOW: Palace Theatre, Greensburg, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. $69-$49; TF.
B.E. TAYLOR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Orchard Hill Church, Dec. 5 ($35); Heinz Hall, Dec. 16-17 (7:30 p.m. $25-$60); www.betaylor.com.
THE NUTCRACKER: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Benedum Center, Downtown. Dec. 6, 7 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 8, noon and 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 13, 7 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 15, noon and 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 19-20, 7 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, noon and 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 23, 7 p.m.; Dec. 26-27, 7 p.m.; Dec. 28, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 29, noon. $25.75-$96.75. 412-456-6666, www.pbt.org.
THE NUTCRACKER: Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Upper St. Clair Theater. Dec. 6, 7 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m. $15-$25. 724-969-6000; www.pybco.com.
THE NUTCRACKER: Carnegie Performing Arts Center, Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie. Dec. 6-8, 13-15. Fridays-Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. $15; $12 students and seniors. 412-279-8887. www.carnegieperformingartscenter.com
THE NUTCRACKER: Westmoreland Symphony and Laurel Ballet Company at Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Dec. 14, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m. $10-$34. 724-836-8000.