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.