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Photo by Steven Allen Photography/Courtesy city of TemeculaTemecula’s Old Town Community Theater has a packed schedule of plays and concerts during the holiday season.

Whether you enjoy dance, musicals or concerts, Temecula’s Stage has something for everyone. The Old Town Temecula Community Theater, which just celebrated its ninth anniversary, prides itself on bringing world-class, family-friendly and affordable performing arts to Temecula. As the perfect encore to a day full of shopping and dining in Old Town, the theater helps you spend the holidays in the best possible way, by making memories with family and friends.

Can’t decide? Give a GifTix Theater giftcard and let the recipient choose. With a packed schedule from November through January, the theater offers a multitude of ways to celebrate the season.

1.A Christmas Carol” -- Charles Dickens’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment by Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent. This spectacular musical extravaganza ran for 10 years at Madison Square Garden. “A Christmas Carol” retains its emotional power and pure joy thanks to the marvelously told story and beautiful score. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, the opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his future will hold: death or redemption. Dec. 4 to 14.

2.The Nutcracker” -- There are two productions of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. This enchanting tale of a girl’s first love, a magician, a rat king, a nutcracker and a prince, will be presented first by Inland Valley Classical Ballet Theater over Thanksgiving weekend. Close to Christmas, The Ballet Studio in association with Fine Arts Network Theatre Co. brings you its version of the most-performed ballet in the world. The perfect holiday outing(s) for the whole family. Nov. 28 to 30 and Dec. 18 to 23

3. Candlelight Classics featuring the Campanella Guitar Quartet -- Temecula’s holiday tradition continues as we dress The Merc in seasonal finery and welcome back the Campanella Guitar Quartet, a favorite of Merc audiences. The program will feature the quartet’s very special arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” along with other music of the holiday season. Dec. 14 and 21.

4. Southwest Women’s Chorus 15th Annual "Christmas in the Air: Our Favorites" -- The annual Christmas concert is a true family affair, covering a wide variety of Christmas music, both secular and sacred. This season, it presents a concert of Christmas favorites from past years including classic, contemporary, Celtic, and a great old-fashioned setting of “'Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Dec. 6 and 7

The community theater hosts an array of affordable, world-class performing arts.

While you’re in Old Town for a performance, you can make a day of it with shopping, dining, special events and cultural venues such as Pennypickle’s Workshop, the Temecula Children’s Museum or the Temecula Valley Museum. Visit TemeculaEvents.org for an up-to-date list of things to do.

For more information, visit www.TemeculaTheater.org or call 866-OLD-TOWN (866-653-8696). The Theater and The Merc are at 42051 Main Street in Old Town Temecula, 92590.

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