Community Music Center stages “La Posarela,” its popular Mexican bilingual Christmas musical that mixes folk traditions, music, commentary and laughs. (Courtesy photo)

Holiday Theater 2015: Ring in the season with ‘A Christmas Carol’ and more

Ebenezer Scrooge will be onstage for the season, which also offers sassy comedy, musical revues and visits to foreign lands.

Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver’s popular San Francisco revue dresses up for the holidays. 5 and 8 p.m. most Wednesdays, 8 p.m. most Thursdays, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. most Fridays-Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31,25-$160. Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd., S.F., www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Scrooge in Love!: Broadway’s Jason Graae plays the title role in a show that follows Ebenezer one year after his life changed for the better. 7 p.m. most Wednesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 6 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 13, $25-$75. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F., www.42ndStreetMoon.org

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play: Coastal Repertory Theatre presents the classic story about idealistic George Bailey, whose life unfolds as he considers ending it on one fateful Christmas Eve. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 20, $17-$35. 1167 Main St., Half Moon Bay, (650) 569-3266, www.coastalrep.com

Word for Word’s Holiday High Jinx: Subtitled “Bums, Broads and Broadway,” the show features stories by Damon Runyon, Joseph Mitchell and E.B. White. Opens Nov. 28, 7 p.m. most Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; closes Dec. 24, $25-$55. Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F., www.zspace.org

The Jewelry Box: Storyteller Brian Copeland tells what happens when, as a youngster in the 1970s, he headed to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 19, $30-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

A John Waters Christmas: The filmmaker and raconteur’s acclaimed one-man show puts the “X” in Xmas. 8 p.m. Nov. 29, $47.50-$110. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.ticketfly.com

Emma: TheatreWorks celebrates the holidays with a musical featuring one of Jane Austen’s most delightful heroines. Dec. 2-Jan. 2, $30-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, (650) 463-1960, www.theatreworks.org

The Golden Girls-The Christmas Episodes: The annual show features four drag queens performing episodes from the classic TV show live onstage. Dec. 3-20, $25. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F., http://goldengirlssf.eventbrite.com

Improvised Downton Abbey: Experts at BATS Improv whip up the popular show’s holiday episodes, packed with secrets, rivalries and mistletoe. Opens Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through Dec. 19, $17-$20. Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., www.improv.org

A Christmas Carol: American Conservatory Theater stages the popular holiday classic for the 39th year, with James Carpenter as Ebenezer Scrooge and Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. Dec. 4-27, $20-$105. ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F., www.act-sf.org

La Posarela: Community Music Center’s Mexican Christmas musical — a Mission district take on the nativity story — is a bilingual production blending Mexican folk traditions with music, commentary and humor. 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5, $8-$12. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F., www.brava.org

Cinderella: The African-American Shakespeare Company’s enchanting take on the fairy tale has become a popular holiday tradition. Dec. 5-20, $15-$36. Buriel Clay Theater, African-American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F., www.african-americanshakes.org

A Christmas Story
: The new musical is inspired by the classic 1983 movie based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. Dec. 9-13, $40-$160. SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F., www.shnsf.com

Chardonnay
: The female sketch comedy troupe’s holiday offering is “The Naughty List: A Very Chardonnay Best of Show,” which its members call the “perfect antidote to seasonal saccharine fare.” 8 p.m. Dec 10-12 and Dec. 17-19, $20-$30. PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F., www.pianofight.com

A Christmas Carol: Center REPertory Company stages its popular version of the holiday classic. Dec. 10-20, $27-$49. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, www.CenterREP.org

A Christmas Carol: Notre Dame de Namur University presents the 30th annual production of Dickens’ classic story, with most performances free, except the opening night fundraiser. 7 p.m. show-gala Dec. 11, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, $25-$50 for gala, free (food donation encouraged) other shows; tickets required. NDMU Theatre, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont, www.christmascarolthegift.org

KMLZ’s It’s A Wonderful Lobster
: Sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster presents its fourth holiday show at Z Space. 8 p.m. Dec. 11-12, $20-$35. Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F., www.killingmylobster.com

The Christmas Revels
: The annual musical theatrical celebration of the winter solstice is set this year in Renaissance Italy. Dec, 11–13, Dec. 18-20, $20-$60. Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, (510) 452-9334, www.californiarevels.org

Mittens and Mistletoe–A Winter Circus Cabaret
: The charming circus-theater troupe Sweet Can Productions’ holiday show is back by popular demand. Dec. 18-Dec. 27, $18-$65. Mission Dance Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F., www.sweetcanproductions.com

Fool La La!
: Unique Derique appears in a circus-inspired holiday show with physical comedy and body percussion. 2 p.m. Dec. 19-Jan. 3 (no shows Dec. 24-25), $12-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
: The 23nd annual event — Jewish comics doing stand-up in a Chinese restaurant — features headliner Wendy Liebman, Dana Eagle, Mike Fine and hostess Lisa Geduldig. 5 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24-26, $47-$67. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F., www.koshercomedy.com

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