Many theaters are busy getting ready for their Christmas and winter productions, and maybe trying to spend some quality time with family in between. Unfortunately, that means that you’ll have a little more downtime with your family this holiday and more time with the turkey than the theater.

There is one great escape this weekend that you can take your entire family to: Triad Stage’s Snow Queen, a delightful, whimsical play about a young girl looking for her lost friend in the depths of winter. Along the way she runs into singing flowers, a talking river and a very selfish snow queen.

There’s also a chance to celebrate the holiday with a rock opera. Tickets are still available for the Trans- Siberian Orchestra’s Greensboro performance on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Next weekend, however, there’ll be a variety of both holiday productions and parades, so look for more details in next week’s issue.

Next Thursday, Dec. 4, the Guilford Technical Community College Music Ensemble will present its annual fall concert in the Entertainment Technology auditorium. The program, featuring a variety of songs from The Beatles, Carrie Underwood, Santana, U2 and more, is free and open to the public.

Next Friday, Dec. 5, Theatre Alliance is performing White Christmas, a play based on the beloved film, which follows the story of two veterans. After returning from World War II, the friends launch a successful song-anddance routine and, with romance on the brain, begin tailing a duo of singing sisters. Play runs through Dec. 22.

In fact, many Triad theatre and dance groups are gearing up for the holidays with their heart-warming celebratory productions.

High Point Ballet is performing The Nutcracker Dec. 12-14 at the Edward C. Smith Civic Venter in Lexington.

Also performing The Nutcracker is Greensboro Ballet, with the help of the Greensboro Symphony, at the Carolina Theater and UNC School of the Arts, with the help of its own orchestra. Greensboro Ballet’s production runs beginning next week, Dec.

6-15. UNCSA’s production runs Dec. 12-21. !