A 'Circus' Christmas Carol Doris Baizley's adaptation showcases a company of traveling clowns, acrobats and life-size puppets. International City Theatre at Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Dec. 1-Dec. 17. (562) 436-4610.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Barbara Robinson's comedy about what happens to a church holiday pageant when the neighborhood bad kids participate. Knightsbridge Theatre Los Angeles, 1944 Riverside Drive, L.A. Dec. 1-23. (323) 667-0955.
A John Waters Christmas UCLA Live presents the film auteur's one-man holiday-themed comedy show. Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Plaza, Westwood. 8 p.m. (310) 825-2101.
A Child's Christmas in Wales Shakespeare Orange County presents Jeremy Brooks and Adrian Mitchell's musical adaptation of Dylan Thomas' short story. Grove Theater Center, 12852 Main St., Garden Grove. Dec. 1-17. (714) 744-7016.
CLU Christmas Festival Concerts Annual affair features Cal Lutheran choral and symphonic ensembles. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Dec. 1-3. (805) 493-3151.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster Holiday Pageant Jeremy Gable's comedy celebrates a new religious movement called Pastafarianism. Hunger Artists Theatre, College Business Park, 699-A S. State College Blvd., Fullerton. Dec. 1-17. (714) 680-6803.
Glendale Symphony Orchestra "Sounds of Christmas" concert led by music director Olivia Tsui includes movie music; excerpts from "The Nutcracker," with dancers from the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet; a medley by jazz composer Del Casher; the Randall Bass "Gloria" with the Angeles Chorale; and K-Mozart host P.J. Ochlan reciting "The Night Before Christmas" to orchestral accompaniment. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 8 p.m. (818) 500-8720.
Groundlings Holiday Show Improv and sketch comedy. Groundling Theater, 7307 Melrose Ave., L.A. Dec. 1-16. (323) 934-4747.
An Irish Christmas Traditional music, song, dance and storytelling presented by Kerry Records. Marsee Auditorium, El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. 8 p.m. (800) 832-2787.
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Frank Capra's film is staged as a 1940s radio program. Actors Co-op, Crossley Theatres, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. Dec. 1-22. (323) 462-8460.
It's Christmas Snoopy! On Ice The ice show featuring the characters from Charles Schultz's "Peanuts." Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., Santa Barbara. Dec. 1-2. (805) 963-4408.
Merry-Achi Christmas Traditional Mexican Christmas celebration features performances by Jose Hernandez and Sol de Mexico; Reyna de Los Angeles, America's first all-female mariachi; and Ballet Folklorico del Pacifico. Cerritos Center, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Dec. 1-2. (562) 467-8810.
O Little Town of Bagels, Teacakes & Hamburger Buns First Light Players' drama focuses on strangers whose lives converge on Christmas Eve. Actors Workout Studio, 4735 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Dec. 1-10. (818) 506-3903.
Scrooge: The Musical Temecula Valley Players present the family show. Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Dec. 1-10. (866) 653-8696.
Texmas William Wright's holiday comedy centers on a wacky Texas family's Christmas gathering. Third Stage, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Dec. 1-22. (818) 842-4755.
Too Many Tamales BFA's 10th annual production, based on Gary Soto's children's book. Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, 421 N. Avenue 19, Lincoln Heights. Dec. 1-30. (323) 225-4044.
A Tuna Christmas Eccentric citizens of a small Texas town cope with seasonal traumas. Actors Art Theatre, 6128 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Dec. 1-9. (323) 969-4953.
Jesus, Booze & Kwanzaa The Boofont Sisters' musical-comedy show returns. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Dec. 1-3. (323) 969-2530.
Nutcracker for Kids Conductor Michael Hall leads the Pacific Symphony in a condensed version of the ballet. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 10 and 11:30 a.m. (714) 556-2787.
Ballet Etudes "The Nutcracker." Huntington Beach High School, 1905 Main St., Huntington Beach. Dec. 2-3. (714) 847-6657.
Anaheim Ballet Company's annual "Nutcracker." Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton. 3 and 8 p.m. (714) 490-6150.
Lamplight Celebrations Living history presentation of Christmas in 1901 Los Angeles and a tour of the museum's Victorian houses decorated for the holidays. Reservations strongly recommended. Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., L.A. Dec. 2-3. (323) 225-2700, Ext. 224.
A Christmas Carol Raymond Donahey's adaptation. Knightsbridge Theatre Los Angeles, 1944 Riverside Drive, L.A. Dec. 2-23. (323) 667-0955.
Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday Concert Country-music revue features modern and traditional carols and some of John Denver's hits. Rubicon Theatre Company at the Laurel, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Dec. 2-24. (805) 667-2900.