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Holidays in Vegas: Performances for even the Christmas song weary

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The Nutcracker: The surest sign that the holidays are upon us.
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You’ve lit your front yard with an insane array of Santas, penguins and Disney characters, and you’re ready to throw on your favorite sequined singing snowman sweater and go hear some Christmas music. We can hardly blame you; saturation is everything this time of year. May this super-awesome calendar of holiday performances—from The Apple Sisters to Sheila E. and everything in between—be a helpful tool.

Christmas Is A-Comin Why, yes, it is a-comin’, and what better to prepare you than the City of Lights Chorus’ a capella harmonies, joined by voices from Sweet Adelines and the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts? December 7, 7 p.m., $24, Smith Center.

A Little Theatre Christmas A holiday performance without a bake sale is just another night of song and dance. Fortunately, LVLT has grabbed the season by its sugar plums and will offer cookies, pies and whatnot to go with its music and laughs. December 7 & 8, 8 p.m.; December 9, 2 p.m., $5-$15, 3920 Schiff Dr.

A Very Vegas Holiday! The Goodmans (of Las Vegas mayoral fame) narrate “The Night Before Christmas” for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s holiday pops concert. But, wait, there’s more—specifically, the Dave Loeb Jazz Quartet and the drum line from Foothill High School (“Little Drummer Boy”). December 8, 2 & 8 p.m., $46-$94, Smith Center.

Symphony Park Holiday Concert Broadway actress and recording artist Linda Eder brings her soaring voice to town to perform an outdoor concert, sharing the limelight with a 23-foot holiday tree adorned with more than 11,500 lights. December 9, 6 p.m., free (call 749-2000 for table and menu prices), Smith Center.

Jonathan Isley Presents an Evening of Holiday and Pop Standards Off-Strip Productions, the company responsible for staging Sweeney Todd, A Clockwork Orange and Cabaret, presents its holiday benefit show, featuring an evening of standards. December 15, $25, 8 p.m., Onyx Theatre.

Christmas Rarities and Uncommon Gems! The endless churning out of the same ol’ Christmas songs seems inescapable, but host Sandra Huntsman and friends plan to deliver “rarely heard Christmas songs and classic tunes with a twist” at this installment of the Broadway and Beyond Cabaret series. December 14, 10 p.m., $15, Onyx Theatre.

Deana Martin.

Deana Martin.

The Deana Martin Christmas Show Any concert dubbed “the musical sleigh ride” feels irresistible, particularly when Deana Martin is driving. The singer pays tribute to her father, Dean Martin, and other legendary singers with an evening of holiday music. December 14 & 15, 7 p.m.; December 16, 2 p.m., $37-$59; Smith Center.

The Apple Sisters’ Holidoozy Christmess Special There’s nothing like a “historically accurate” Christmas pageant complete with a visit from Santa, presented via a 1940s radio show, original song, dance and slapstick. The Apple Sisters (Candy, Cora and Seedy) should help you survive the holidays. December 16, 10 p.m., $20, Onyx Theatre.

The Nutcracker Nevada Ballet Theatre is adding new choreography by artistic director James Canfield to the classic Nutcracker tale, and its new costumes and props (life-size dollhouse, anyone?) should be dazzling. December 15, 16, 21-23, times vary, $29-$158, Smith Center.

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour The smooth saxophonist breathes some fresh air into the season with lively arrangements of holiday favorites in the company of David Benoit, Javier Colon, Sheila E. and Margo Rey. December 18, 7:30 p.m., $29-$89, Smith Center.

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