Seating is limited; reservations are required.
For further info: selkietheatre.org
The 35th annual outdoor live Bethlehem Christmas pageant, a reenactment of the historical events that surround the birth of Christ, will be held Saturday and Sunday at 1:45 p.m., beginning at the Bethlehem Rose Garden Band Shell off 8th Avenue. There will be singing, narration, actors, and live animals.
For further info: 610-865-0274.
“Magnificat – Music for an Evensong” featuring the Camerata Singers is the program for Saturday’s annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown. Music will include anthems, motets and canticles by Britten, Mendelssohn, Rutter, Durufle, Saint-Saens, Tavener, Stanford, Walton, Murrill, Posten, Mathias and Wood.
Soloist is soprano Leslie Johnson, with John Richardson on the organ. Conductor is Allan Birney.
For further info: 610-434-7811.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a performance of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” and there are plenty of offerings this weekend in the Lehigh Valley.
The Repertory Dance Theatre, with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed live by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Ronald Demkee, presents “Nutcracker” on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown. New choreography is by Trinette Singleton and Jennifer Haltzman Tracy; singing by the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts touring choir, directed by David MacBeth. There also will be new sets and costumes.
For further info: millersymphonyhall.org
The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the performing company of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, presents its 45th annual production of “The Nutcracker” with live music by the South Side Sinfonietta and Conductor Eugene Albulescu. Artistic director is Karen Kroninger Knerr. Performances are Saturday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., at Zoellner Arts Center (Baker Hall) at Lehigh University in Bethlehem.
For more info: zoellnerartscenter.org
Fifty young dancers from the Pennsylvania Classical Ballet Academy in Northampton will portray Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, plus more in Saturday’s 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. performances of the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the State Theatre in Easton. Exclusive to the production is a tribute to world peace, the “Dove of Peace,” for which two dancers become one bird with a 20-foot wingspan. Two-hundred, all-new, hand-embellished costumes were designed by Shakespearean expert Arthur Oliver and created in St. Petersburg’s oldest theatrical costume shop.
For further info: statetheatre.org