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There are a num­ber of other Christ­mas-ori­ented plays of­fered. Some are fa­mil­iar, oth­ers less so.

“A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas” at the Palace in Al­bany (Dec. 18) has to be con­sid­ered fa­mil­iar, while ti­tles like “Sis­ter’s Christ­mas Cat­e­chism” (Dec. 4) and “Kris Kringle: the Mu­si­cal” (Dec. 14-15) at Proc­tors, are un­known. A show like “The Elf on a Shelf: A Christ­mas Mu­si­cal” is a com­bi­na­tion of known, yet un­fa­mil­iar. It’s at the Palace, Dec. 6.

Clas­si­cal mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences are en­riched dur­ing the Christ­mas Sea­son. Troy Mu­sic Hall present the Ten Tenors on Novem­ber 30, and plays host to Al­bany Pro Mu­sica, on Dec. 15 when the cho­ral group of­fers their hol­i­day con­cert, “The Many Moods of Christ­mas.” At the Egg, the Men­delssohn Club pre­sents it’s an­nual con­cert on De­cem­ber 13.

For any­one who ap­pre­ci­ates clas­si­cal holy mu­sic at this time of year, a must is “The Mess­siah,” which will be per­formed in Al­bany at the Cathe­dral of All Saints on Dec. 10.

There are many pop mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ences avail­able. Cer­tainly, The Bos­ton Pops per­form­ing at Proc­tors on De­cem­ber 1, is a high­light of semi-clas­si­cal pop. A dif­fer­ent orches­tra high­light takes place on Dec. 19, when the Trans-Siberian Orches­tra makes its an­nual ap­pear­ance at the Times Union Cen­ter in Al­bany.

There is ev­ery-day pop as well. One such lo­cal artist in that genre is Kevin McKrell who will ap­pear at The Egg on Dec. 13 and at the Lit­tle Theater in Saratoga Springs on Dec. 15.

If you have a taste for coun­try mu­sic at the hol­i­days, you’re in luck. But you have a con­flict on Dec. 13, as The Gibson Brothers are at Proc­tors and WGNA’s Jingle Jam is at the Troy Mu­sic Hall the same day. There’s no con­flict with A Nashville Christ­mas, which is at the Egg on Dec. 9.

Be it theater, dance, clas­si­cal mu­sic or pop artists or just events and cel­e­bra­tions the en­tire fam­ily can en­joy, there is plenty to ap­pre­ci­ate. But check the list (twice) and you’re sure to find some­thing that will make you jolly.

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