Need a little boost in the holiday spirit department? Take in a show at one the Hudson Valley’s many live performance venues this weekend:
Santaland Diaries @ the Linda, Albany:
David Sedaris’ Christmastime cult classic about a department store elf in the midst of an existential crisis is brought to life at the Linda’s Confetti Stage. December 9 & 10, 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and $10/students. Thelinda.org/event/the-santaland-diaries.
The Linda, 339 Central Avenue, Albany
A Christmas Carol @ the Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck
Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge is the ultimate redemption story. This version is set to music. Runs now through December 18. 8pm on Friday & Saturday, 3pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20. 845-876-3080 or centerforperformingarts.org. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck
Every Xmas Story Ever Told (and then some) @ Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville
Prepare to be showered in Christmas with every song, story, and Christmas-related trope you’ve ever seen and heard. We’re picturing a Reduced Shakespeare Company-type treatment on this theme, and it sounds fun and different. Runs now through December 18. Tickets are $39. Thursday – Saturday, 8pm. 2pm on Saturdays. Shadowlandtheatre.org or 845-647-5511.
Shadowland Stages, 157 Canal Street, Ellenville
The Nutcracker @ the Bardavon, Poughkeepsie
The holiday season just isn’t the same without Tchaikovsky’s ballet treasure. Performed by the New Paltz Ballet Theatre. Saturday, December 10 at 2pm & 7:30pm. Sunday, December 11 at 3pm. Tickets are $32/adult, $29/students & seniors, and $27/members. Bardavon.org or 845-473-2702.
Bardavon, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie
Garner Arts Center