Holiday shows abound |

Holiday shows abound

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's "Nutcracker" is among the upcoming performances geared to the holiday season.

It’s time to think about securing tickets if you plan to take in some of the upcoming holiday shows around town. Concerts, a traditional Christmastime ballet and a local theater production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” are all coming up.

Here’s what’s happening:

Colorado songman performs A Colorado Christmas on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House, and frequent Aspen visitor is at the Snowmass Chapel on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Both are regular participants in the Musical Tribute to John Denver concerts and both have worked up sets appropriate to the season; Bailey draws from his new CD, “Star Light.”

Bailey’s concert is free, but donations are requested. Tickets for Salestrom’s show are $25 for adults and $15 for children.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s runs Friday through Sunday, Dec. 16-18, nightly at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 17-18 at the Aspen District Theatre. This classic ballet, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of wicked rats and dreamy children, is an Aspen tradition. Tickets range in price from $20 to $58, depending on the seats.

Fast becoming an Aspen tradition is Theatre Aspen’s stage version of the classic movie which returns to the Wheeler on Dec. 20-24, with some cast changes from last year’s debut. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children, age 12 and younger.

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The do their Victorian take on Christmas songs on Dec. 23-25 in the lobby of the Hotel Jerome.

For those with a different idea of the holidays, the local husband-and-wife duo of cantor Rita Shore and pianist Ira Shore do their concert on Monday, Dec. 26 at the Wheeler. It’s a night of Broadway and Jewish tunes.

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