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by Keith Barber

The holiday season is kicking into high gear as the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art presents its 30th Annual Winter Show.The show runs from Dec. 6–Jan. 15 and features more than 150 artists from all over the state in the largest annual juried sale of art and crafts. For further info, call Edie Carpenter at 336.333.7460, ext. 105.

Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity continues its holiday run at Triad Stage at Pyrle Theater this week. The show is directed by Preston Lane and has earned the distinction of being the most popular show in Triad Stage history. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. Dec. 21-23. After the show, head upstairs to the theatre’s UpStage Cabaret and check out David Sedaris’ hilarious The Santaland Diaries. The show runs through Dec. 19 with 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows. Tickets range from $15 to $20.

The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival continues its performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the High Point Theatre this week. Tickets range from $10 to $31 and are on sale now at the High Point Theatre. Come celebrate 32 years of the Shakespeare Festival’s production of the most popular Christmas tale ever told! The show runs through Dec. 20.

The Open Space Café Theatre presents Ebenezer’s Trailer Park Christmas Speck-Tac-Yule-R written by Joe Nierle. Billed as “a hilrious re-telling of A Christmas Carol set in a trailer park in Florida where the residents are putting on a holiday show to save their homes,” Ebenezer’s should offer a comic counterweight to the Shakespeare Festival production. Tickets range from $10-$20. For further info, call 336.292.2285. The show runs from Dec. 10-20 with show times of 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

And finally, Theatre Alliance in Winston-Salem presents Christmas My Way, a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dec. 11-20 with nightly showtimes of 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.

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