Burlesque-a-Pades: A Christmas Shimmy. New York City’s touring burlesque revue brings sexy holiday cheer with a Dickens-inspired production featuring illusionist and comedian Albert Cadabra, dance group The Maine Attraction, and more. Dec. 21, 8 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $15.
“A Christmas Carol.” Charles Dicken’s holiday classic gets Baltimore-ized in founding artist director Ian Gallanar’s adaption set in Baltimore’s business district in the 19th century. Through Dec. 5-23, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., (410) 244-8570, chesapeakeshakespeare.com, $17-$48.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Get in the holiday spirit by having your mine utterly blown by circus acts and musical performance. Dec. 26-28,Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave., (410) 900-1150, lyricoperahouse.com, $49-$69.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. World-class dancers and musicians and giant puppets and Matrushka dolls bring Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece to life. Dec. 19-20, Hippodrome at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., (800) 982-2787, france-merrickpac.com, $28-$88.
“It’s a Wonderful Life.” Based on the classic film starring Jimmy Stewart, the holiday drama demonstrates that life is worth living, even when you’re being followed around by an annoying angel. Through Dec. 21, Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., (410) 332-0033, centerstage.org, $19-$64.
Hack and Slash Presents: “Twelve Days of Christmas, the Christmas Special!” The variety show combines music, comedy, action, and much more. Audience members are invited to wear pajamas. Dec. 5-19, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, (410) 636-6597, chesapeakearts.org, $35-$55.
Monument Lighting. Experience the newly-restored Washington Monument illuminated by Christmas lights and fireworks, along with food and craft vendors and performances. 5:30 p.m., 600 block of N. Charles St., (410) 244-1030, godowntownbaltimore.com, free.
Unsilent Night. The pariticipatory parade returns. A minimalist work by Phil Kline will be played on CDs and cassettes given to anyone who shows up with a boombox. 7 p.m., Penn Station, 1500 N. Charles St., facebook.com/events/1474478212840636, free.
National Aquarium Holiday Celebration. Celebrate the holidays amongst the sharks and fishes with live music, crafts, spiked hot chocolate, and “The Polar Express 4D Experience.” 5 p.m., The National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org, free with aquarium admission.
It’s a Wonderful Life at the Rawlings Conservatory!. The conservatory channels Bedford Falls in this year’s poinsettia display. Through Jan. 4, Wednesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rawlings Conservatory, Gwynns Falls Parkway and McCulloh Street, (410) 396-0008, rawlingsconservatory.org/holiday-show.
Mayor’s Christmas Parade. Mayor SRB joins floats, motorcycles, bands, Miss Yuletide, and Santa in a march from Poly/Western High Schools to 37th St in Hampden. 1 p.m., 4207 Edgehill Ave., (410) 366-0726, mayorschristmasparade.com, free.
Winter Craft Fair. Over fifteen vendors fill the community farm with chocolate, jewelry, orginal art, home brew, and more. 6 p.m., Baltimore Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., (410) 575-4233, baltimorefreefarm.org, free.
Holiday Glamazon. The all-female variety show gives a special holiday-themed performance. Featuring Kristen Minsky, Kat De Lac, and Reggie Bügmüncher. 9 p.m., The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace.com, $10.
Christmas in Hampden. The Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance presents a party with cocktails, mulled wine, heavy hor d’oeurves, music, and dancing. 7-10 p.m., Church and Company, 3647 Falls Road, christmasinhampden.eventbrite.com, $25, advance $20.
Night of the Krampus. The devil-like European foil to Santa Claus is feted once again. The event includes pictures with Krampus, Krampus carols, book signings, a Krampuslauf parade, and more. 5:30-9 p.m., Bazaar, 3534 Chestnut Ave., (410) 844-3015, bazaarbaltimore.com, free.
Presents. A two-day market featuring two dozen artists and crafts people selling clothing, accessories, jewelry, paintings, prints, and much more. Dec. 12 4-9 p.m., Dec. 13 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Area 405, 405 E. Oliver St., (410) 528-1968, area405.com.
Bromo arts Holiday Hike. Explore galleries and studios in the Bromo District to shop for holiday gifts and enjoy seasonal snacks. Venues include E.M.P. Collective, Platform Arts Center, Maryland Art Place, and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, 217 N. Charles St., (410) 244-1030,, bromodistrict.org, free.
Jingle Fells. A dozen bars and restaurants are offering food and drink specials for this holiday event. Revelers are encouraged to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, Hanukkah vests, or Festitvus shirts. 1-9 p.m., Fells Point, Broadway and Thames Street, lindypromo.com, $7.
Post Typography Print Sale. Cross some names off your shopping list by purchasing screenprinted posters and limited edition art from the design firm Post Typography. noon-4 p.m., 3 W. 23rd St., posttypography.com, free.
Late Night on Lloyd Street: DIY Olive Oil? ImPRESSive!. Learn about the importance of olive oil in the Jewish community and press some of your own. 6-9 p.m., Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., (410) 732-6400, jewishmuseummd.org, free.
A John Waters Christmas. The long-reigning “Pope of Trash” and King of Baltimore presents his one-man holiday monologue, filled with all the vulgarity you need to get through the holiday season. 8 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com, $40-$45.
Mitzvah Day. Activities are held to make life a little easier for kids in the community. Additionally, Gil Sandler will discuss his book, “Becoming American in Jewish Baltimore.” 10 a.m., Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., (410) 732-6400, jewishmuseummd.org, free.
Kwanzaa Celebration. Celebrate with African dancing, storytelling, craft activities, a performance by Sankofa Dance Theater, and more. noon, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, rflewismuseum.org.
Handel’s Messiah. Edward Polochick conducts the BSO in their performance of the classical holiday masterpiece. 7:30 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $26-$76.
Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker. The BSO performs Duke Ellington’s jazzy interpretation of “The Nutcracker” and are joined by dance troupe Step Afrika!. 11 a.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $15-$20.
Roots Cafe Christmas Show. City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes hosts performances of original and obscure holiday tunes by Alan MacEwen, Karen Collins, and Santa Claus. 5 p.m., An Die Musik Live, (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com, $9-$13.
Baltimore Christmas Concert: Holly Jolly Pops. A full chorus and orchestra plus artists from Cirque de la Symphonie and Jack Everyly and the Tap-Dancing Santas put on a musical holiday extravaganza. Through Dec. 14, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $18-$80.
The Sweater Set Holiday Sweater Party. The ukelele/guitar/banjo-strumming lady duo plays a holiday party featuring a holidau sweater contest, magic, juggling, and comedy. 8 p.m., The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $15-$17.
Eubie Blake Holiday Concert and Neighborhood Party. Featuring performances by Eric Byrd Trio, Jeff Antoniuk, and Delandria Mills. 7-10 p.m., Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., (410) 225-3130, eubieblake.org, $30, advance $25, students $15.
Grace United Methodist Annual Holiday Concert. The ensembles Chancel, Hand Bell, Youth, Alleluia, and Cherub Choirs, accompanied by string quartet and organ, perform holiday favorites. A holiday potluck will follow (reservations are required). 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., (410) 433-6650, graceunitedmethodist.org.
The Maryland State Boychoir. Performing works by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Robert Lucas Pearsall, and John Rutter, along with other traditional English carols. 4 p.m., Dec. 20 at 7 p.m., Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts, 3400 Norman Ave., (410) 554-8644, marylandstateboychoir.org. $18-$22.
Air x-Mas. Loud Boyz, Ami Dang, The Sneaks, and Ponyo perform with DJ sets from Normaling, Si Young, and Kate Boss at this holiday bash presented by Emily Rabbit and Bad Blood Records. 8 p.m., Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net, $12.
New Year’s Eve
Charm City Countdown. The Moulin Rouge-themed party includes open bars, dinner buffets, a champagne toast, 10 different party zones, 12 bands, DJs, and comedians, and a balloon drop. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., North Baltimore Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Lutherville-Timonium, (410) 549-5707, charmcitycountdown.com, $99-$219.
Downtown Countdown. Usher in 2015 with an open bar, buffet, and the largest balloon drop in Baltimore. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt St., downtowncountdown.net, $99-$179.
Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Get a great glimpse of the fireworks on the water and enjoy dinner, an open bar, and more. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Spirit Cruises, 561 Light St., (866) 312-2469, spiritcruises.com, $159.90.
J. Roddy Walston and the Busisness NYE Bash. The local roadhouse rockers help ring in 2015. Featuring specials from Union Craft Brewery, a champagne toast, and more. 8 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com, $33, advance $27.50, VIP $82.50.
New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Featuring live music by the Inner Harbor and a fireworks display that can be seen throughout the city. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Pratt and Light streets, promotionandarts.org, free.
Papadosio. The electro-prog rockers help ring in the new year with ELM and Proper Playground: A Living Gallery Experience. 9 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $32.50-$60.