Holiday fun for everyone

There is a lot to do this holiday season for those of you inclined to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and it all starts this weekend.

The Concordia University Choir and Handbells present their 51st Annual Christmas Chorale. This performance will feature all of your favorite Christmas hymns sung with handbell accompaniment. The performances are on this Saturday and Sunday at St. Michael’s Church, Northeast 29th and Dekum, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 503-280-8614 for more info.

Tapestry Theatre Company presents “1942 Christmas From Home” a poignant tale about holidays during wartime featuring songs, sketches, tears and laughter. “1942” is at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., and will run Nov. 30-Dec. 16, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 503-245-6919.

Oregon Ballet Theatre performs everyone’s favorite holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker.” This version, set in imperial Russia, is a new twist on the old dance. “The Nutcracker” will play at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, 21, 22; 1 p.m. Dec. 9, 16, 23; and 5 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23. All performances are at Keller Auditorium, Southwest Third and Clay. Tickets are available by phone at 503-2-BALLET.

Also be sure to check out OBT’s spoof of “The Nutcracker,” “The Nut has Finally Cracked” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 18 only, also at Keller Auditorium.

Portland Center Stage presents “A Christmas Carol” at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, and Nov. 30 through Dec. 24. Tickets can be purchased by calling 503-274-6588.

Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth, will present “FROGZ,” their acclaimed Broadway hit, Dec. 5-30. The show will be heading back to Broadway, so see it so you can say you did. Performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 1:30 and 7:30 Saturdays, and 1:30 and 5:30 on Sundays. Obtain tickets by calling 503-231-9581.

Wow, sounds like a really fun winter break is just around the corner.