Boston’s theaters are coming alive with holiday favorites this year. This November and December, many of the area venues feature showings of holiday-centric performances that bring together friends and family for everything from the Grinch to “The Nutcracker.” For many locals, these shows are an annual tradition. For the rest of you, here’s where to start.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
270 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-9393

Date: Nov. 23 to Dec. 9
Price: $35 to $125Perfect for event goers of all ages, the musical production of Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” at the Citi Wang Theatre will make the holidays even more memorable this year. Featuring hit songs including “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” originally writtten by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss, it is sure to be an entertaining show. Guests may enjoy the story of how the grumpy, stubborn Grinch attempts to steal Christmas away from the Whos, as narrated by Max the Dog.

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The Boston Opera House
539 Washington St.
Boston, MA  02111
(617) 695-6950

Date: Nov. 23 to Dec. 30
Price: $35 to $167

The holiday season isn’t complete without Boston Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” With music by Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky and choreography by Mikko Nissinen, the show is two hours of holiday fun. The Boston Opera House, with its $54 million restoration eight years ago, is the perfect setting to enjoy this holiday classic performance. This year, it’s even debuting new sets and costumes.

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Boston Pops Holiday Concert
Hanover Theatre
2 Southbridge St.
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 831-0800

Date: Dec. 7
Price: $55 to $125This December, get into the spirit of the season with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Listen to the tunes of the area’s best orchestra as it joins together with vocal group Five by Design. They will play plenty of holiday classics and even original pieces perfect for the holiday season. Kids may enjoy a visit from Santa as well at this family friendly event.

Holiday Memories
New Repertory Theatre at Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-7060

Date: Dec. 9 to Dec. 23
Price: $28 to $58″Holiday Memories” is a drama that combines Truman Capote’s short stories “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory.” It takes all of the special traditions that occur over the holidays and shows the lives of an 8-year-old boy and his cousin as they go through all of the activities they love including Christmas trees, baked treats, gifts and, most importantly, time spent with friends of family. The story takes place in the mid-Depression era in Alabama.

A Christmas Carol
North Shore Music Theatre
62 Dunham Road
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 232-7200

Date: Dec. 7 to Dec. 23, 2012
Price: $45 to $60The story of “A Christmas Carol” never gets old, no matter how many times you hear it each holiday season. The North Shore Music Theatre will host performances of the classic tale of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” allowing you to watch as miserable Christmas hater Ebenezer Scrooge is taught very important lessons in humanity. Because of visits from ghosts from Christmases Past, Present and Future, he is able to rethink the way he treats people, especially at such a magical time of year, in this musical.

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