Celebrate the 2016 holiday season in the Treasure Valley with dance, music, theater

Grammy-winning bluegrass artist Mark O’Connor bring his “Appalachian Christmas” tour to the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 11.
Grammy-winning bluegrass artist Mark O’Connor bring his “Appalachian Christmas” tour to the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 11.

High kicks, clowns and beautiful music throughout the Treasure Valley will make your season bright. Here’s some of what area theaters, dance companies and music organizations have in store.

‘The Nutcracker’

▪  Caldwell Fine Arts presents Eugene Ballet’s touring production of the classic. Artistic Director Toni Pimble’s take features a pirate ship, a magical hot-air balloon and carousel. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell. $20-$30 general, $10-$20 students. Or check out “Nutcracker Jr.,” a one-hour version of the ballet at 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, also at Jewett.

▪  Eagle Performing Arts Center’s Idaho Regional Ballet’s performance will feature Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist Leta Biasucci and principal dancer Benjamin Griffiths. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Special Events Center, Boise State University. $18 to $40 at

▪  Ballet Idaho’s fairy-tale version of the E.T.A. Hoffmann story is filled with breathtaking sets, a magical growing Christmas tree, nearly 100 dancing local children and the Boise Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky’s score. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17; noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $38, $43 and $58. Ticketmaster.

Classical Christmas

▪  Ring in the season with Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus. The Boise Philharmonic and guest conductor Case Scaglione will lead the orchestra and its Master Chorale for two nights of “Messiah,” with soloists Cecilia Violetta Lopez, soprano; Krysty Swann, mezzo-soprano; Jonathan Hill, tenor; and Kyle Albertson, bass. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, St. John’s Cathedral, 775 N. 8th St., Boise. $35 at the door.

▪  Christmas gets brassy with TubaChristmas, the annual tradition that lets tubas, sousaphones and euphoniums take the lead and serenade the Capital Building Rotunda. 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Free.

▪  Maestro James Ogle and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra will combine with Boise State’s choirs for “A Season to Celebrate” with “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and other surprises. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise. $11 general, $9 senior/student/military, kids are $4 with an adult purchase. 891-2721,

▪  Enjoy “The Hope of Christmas” with the students of Meridian’s Ambrose School. You’ll hear the voices of more than 300 children from ages 6 to 18 sing a variety of traditional and classical holiday songs. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Morrison Center. $20 and $30. Ticketmaster.

▪  The Millennial Choir and Orchestra of Idaho brings “Good Will Toward Men,” a mix of classical and sacred music, to the Morrison Center. This volunteer community orchestra and chorus of 200 singers range in age from 4 to 60 and older. 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7. $14 to $34. Ticketmaster.

▪  The Boise Philharmonic and Master Chorale will offer a lively blend of traditional and popular songs of seasonal cheer for its annual “Holiday Pops” concert. This year, enjoy a program created by guest conductor Troy Quinn. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Brandt Center, Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Morrison Center. $22.50-$70.50. 344-7849,

▪  Cathedral of the Rockies celebrates the season with a “Christmas at the Cathedral,” a concert of choirs, handbells, orchestra and more. 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 717 N. 11th St., Boise. Free.

▪  Join the Boise State University Music Department for its annual Family Holiday Concert, a mix of classical and jazz renditions of holiday favorites performed by BSU’s orchestra, bands and choirs. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Morrison Center. BSU students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket. $10 general, $8 seniors, $2 non-Boise State students and children. Ticketmaster.

▪  Bring your voice and/or instrument and get your “hallelujahs” on with Serenata Community Orchestra’s “Sing-along, Play-along Messiah.” 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, Summit Church, 10375 W. Overland Road, Boise. To play, register at To listen just show up. Free.

A chorus of cheer

The folks in Kuna will offer a holiday celebration with the “Come Together Kuna Community Christmas Concert” featuring a 100-voice choir accompanied by a string quartet and two grand pianos. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, (doors open at 7 p.m.), Kuna Performing Arts Center, 637 E. Deer Flat Road. It’s free but you need to reserve a seat at 850-5784 or

▪  The Boise Women’s Chorus will offer a “Holiday Music Passport” with holiday favorites including “A Ceremony of Carols.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10. Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 519 S. 9th St., Boise. $15 general, $10 students, $25 for a family of four and VIP seating for one. BrownpaperTickets.

▪  The Capital City Sound Chorus will sing “Holiday Harmonies,” a selection of favorite seasonal tunes at its annual Christmas show and bake sale. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 7960 W. Northview St., Boise.

▪  Take a magical ride on Santa’s sleigh with the Boise Men’s Chorus to “Boys in Toy Land (A Very Boise Holiday)” where you’ll hear a mix of fun, frothy holiday tunes. 7:30 p.m. (social hour begins at 6:30 p.m.), Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. BrownpaperTickets.

Concerts and theater

▪  Australian fingerstylist Tommy Emmanuel will bring his “Classics & Christmas Tour.” The first half will be Emmanuel playing solo acoustic guitar, the second half is all about Christmas with guests Pat Bergeson, Annie Sellick and John Knowles. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $34.50 and $49.50. $40 and $55 day of show.

▪  If you don’t think you believe in Santa, then check out Boise Little Theater’s “Miracle on 34th Street.” Based on the 1947 film, it’s about a little girl who meets a department store Santa who claims to be the real thing. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 2-3, and 9-10; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 1 and 8; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 10, 100 E. Fort St. $14 general, $11 students and seniors. 342-5104,

▪  Stage Coach Theatre has two holiday shows this year: one traditional, the other a racier take. The first is a production of the Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol”: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, now through Dec. 17; and 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11. The company goes dark later at night with “7 Santas,” Jeff Goode’s sequel to “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues”: 11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise. $10. 342-2000,

▪  Step back in time with Nampa’s Encore Theatre and its performance of “All Is Calm — The Christmas Truce of 1914,” an a capella musical exploration of the events that happened on that Christmas Eve during World War I. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 9-10, 16-17 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, Northwest Nazarene University Little Theatre, 512 Holly St., Nampa. $10. 861-8839,

▪  See what Boise’s female impersonation troupe has in store for the holidays as LipsInc! performs “We are Santa’s Elves!” 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, The Balcony, 150 N. 8th St., Boise. $20. Reservations recommended: 368-0405.

▪  Two-time Grammy-winning fiddler Mark O’Connor and his band will bring “An Appalachian Christmas,” , a show based on his hit album of the same title. 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 (doors at 6 p.m.), Egyptian Theatre. $35 and $45 in advance, $40 and $50 day of show.

▪  Check out the newest holiday show in the Treasure Valley. “Traditions of Christmas” is a Radio City Music Hall-style show, including a kickline and live animals on stage. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, and Friday, Dec. 16; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18; 3 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $20-$33. 468-5555,

▪  Cirque Dreams “Holidaze” blends dance and circus arts for a dazzling holiday show filled with high wire acts, acrobats and more. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, Morrison Center. $30-$65. Ticketmaster.

▪  Go extreme with the 11th annual “Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza” benefit concert for Interfaith Sanctuary. Produced and hosted by award-winning jazz artist Curtis Stigers, it features many of your favorite local musicians who will rock, croon and make you laugh along the way. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21-22, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $35-$50 general, $135-$150 reserved.