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Lantern Theatre brings back its celebrated production of "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol", an original adaptation by star actor/writer Anthony Lawton (above) in collaboration with Christopher Colucci and Thom Weaver in which Lawton plays all the roles in this 95-minute presentation.   This live on stage event runs now through Dec. 30 in the Proscenium Theatre at the Drake,  1500 block of Spruce at Hicks, a choice holiday classic for ages 9 to 99.  215-829-0395 or lanterntheater.org  

The venerable Hedgerow Theatre continues its 99th season with live indoor performances of a "community focused adaptation" by Nagle Jackson's of Charles Dickens' holiday favorite for all ages, "A Christmas Carol" now through Dec. 24 featuring a large cast of Hedgerow favorites along with newcomers to the company, with returning artist Brian McCann as Scrooge under the direction of Penelope Reed. Community partnerships including live pre-show performances, the participation of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church choir,  an exhibit by the School in Rose Valley student artists, and such other perks as live music on Thursdays, warm apple cider and mulled wine on Fridays.  64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA.  610-565-4211 or www.hedgerowtheatre.org  •

Speaking of Dickens, Macy's celebrated free, in-person Christmas Village is up and running through Dec. 31, a family fun event requiring reservations to navigate shadowy corridors peopled by animatronic  dolls enacting Dickens' "A Christmas Carol",  and the beloved Macy's Light Show will be  enacted once daily. Market and 13th Sts.  215-241-9000 or www.macys.com  •

Act II Playhouse returns to a mainstage season with "Really Good Tidings",  a holiday-inspired new variety show  written and performed by a multi-talented ensemble including Tony Braithwaite, Renee McFillin and Kevin Tonniazzo-Naughton, with Daniel Matarazzo as Music Director.  Braithwaite also handles the staging.  Hilarity is promised.  56 E. Butler Ave. in Ambler.  215-654-0200 or www.act2.org  •

Quintessence Theatre joins the entertainment bandwagon with "Little Women:  The Broadway Musical" now through Jan. 2, a return to in-person theatre as part of their eight-year tradition of presenting classics for the entire family during the holiday season.  Hassan Al Rawas stages this  beloved tale with music by Jason Howland, book by Allan Kane and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein featuring a large cast of Quintessence regulars as well as newcomers.  Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave., Mt. Airy,  215-987-4450 or boxoffice@quintessencetheatre.org  • 

The Philadelphia Orchestra is in Verizon Hall on Dec. 2 with Nathalie Stuttsmann  conducting Mozzoli's  Sinfonia (For Orbiting Spheres) and  Schubert's Symphony No. 9 ("Great") at 7:30 p.m., repeated on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.  Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Sts.  215-893-1999 or www.philorch.org  •

A very special event on Dec. 4 is the return of the highly anticipated Trinity Memorial Church Bazaar and Jumble Sale, sadly missing since the start of the pandemic.  This bubbly event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. puts the fun back in shopping, in the confines of this the handsome church filled with treasures old and new, a silent auction, local artisans, great raffle baskets, baked good, jewelry. A highlight is the array of fresh green wreaths decorated with colorful ribbons or plain.  A great way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon and get all your gifts while rewarding a good cause. 22nd and Spruce.   215-732-2515.  Masks required for entry.  •

The Philly POPS are back from Dec. 4 to 18 with their celebrated Christmas Spectacualr featuring sounds of the season performed by the huge POPS Orchestra, with Conductor David  Charles Abell and two prominent Broadway vocal soloists, all done in the majestically holiday--decorated Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.  A glorious seasonal event with all the trimmings. Broad and Spruce. 215-893-1999 or www.phillypops.org/christmas  •

The Phila. Chorus under Artistic Director Raquel Garcia, presents "Be The Song", a Handel's Messiah Sing-Along (excerpts) with four local operatic soloists and organist Benjamin Leiby, Dec. 5 at  4 p.m.  Bring your own score. Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th St.  Seating is limited due to social distancing so register to reserve your seat at www.thephiladelphiachorus.org  •

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