Christmas Special Radio. Spencer Humm returns for the Baltimore Christmas Special’s 14th season with live music, comedy, and more set in the style of an old radio production. Dec. 9-18, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, (410) 636-6597, chesapeakearts.org, $35-$55.
“A Christmas Carol.” The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “with a Charm City twist.” Dec. 2-23, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., (410) 244-8570, chesapeakeshakespeare.com, $19-$65.
Comedy Cantonese. When all else is closed and quiet on Christmas Eve, comedian Marion Grodin headlines a night of Jewish humor, booze, and a Chinese buffet. Dec. 24, 8:30 p.m., Magooby’s Joke House, 9603 Deereco Road, Timonium, (410) 252-2727, magoobys.com, $30-$45.
“Dot.” An African-American family living in West Philadelphia struggle over family dynamics during the holidays. Dec. 7-Jan. 8, Everyman Theatre, (410) 752-2208, everymantheatre.org, $25-$64.
“The Game’s Afoot.” In December 1936, a Broadway star known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes hosts a weekend at his castle with his fellow cast-members, who find themselves in the middle of a real murder mystery. Through Dec. 18, Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., (410) 752-1225, spotlighters.org, $18-$22.
Gin and Jokes XI: Loliday Edition. Umar Khan hosts a special holiday stand-up show presented by the Baltimore Whiskey Company and Joe Squared. Dec. 1, 8:30-11 p.m. ,The Baltimore Whiskey Company, 2800 Sisson St., (443) 687-9099, lolidays.brownpapertickets.com, $5.
A John Waters Christmas. Baltimore’s own Pope of Trash returns with his annual holiday monologue exploring his off-kilter passion for Christmas. Dec. 21, 8 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com, $44 (sold out).
Trixie Little Presents the Holiday Spectac-u-thon Players in “T’its a Wonderful Life.” Award-winning acrobatic burlesque star Trixie Little returns to Baltimore for her annual holiday show. Dec. 8-10 and 15-17, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $22-$25.
Youtheatre Christmas Production: “THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER.” An outlaw family invades a church and takes over the annual Christmas pageant. Dec. 16-18, Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500, arenaplayersinc.com.