Friday, Dec. 11
NO, NOT MICKEY
Now in its third year, this family-friendly musical conceived by “Sesame Street” and Disney veteran Noel MacNeal tells the story of “The Nutcracker” from the point of view of the mice. It features original music by longtime South Florida composer Jim Camacho and includes a cast of students and locals.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57th Ave., South Miami; 800-838-3006 or www.mousekingtickets.com; $20.
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER
Miami City Ballet presents one of the only Balanchine productions in the nation, featuring a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, magnificent scenery, elaborate costumes and magical music by Tchaikovsky.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $25-$114.
THE COMEDY GET-DOWN
Superstar lineup features five of the funniest stand-up, TV and feature film faves: Cedric the Entertainer (“The Original Kings of Comedy,” “Barbershop”), Eddie Griffin (“Undercover Brother”), D.L. Hughley (“The Original Kings of Comedy,” “The Hughleys”), George Lopez (“Rio,” “The George Lopez Show”) and Eddie Murphy’s big bro Charlie Murphy (“Chappelle’s Show”).
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $46.75-$62.75.
MAGIC MEN LIVE
Looking for a male revue show that does more than just titillate the senses? Check out this wild, high-energy show featuring state-of-the-art production, captivating story lines, exhilarating original music and plenty of insanely fit gentlemen whose abs look like they could grate firewood into sawdust.
Details: 9 p.m. Friday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $28.75-$78.75.
Saturday, Dec. 12
PARTY FOR A CAUSE
WOODYSTOCK BENEFIT FESTIVAL
Family-friendly event brings together an eclectic musical lineup featuring California reggae-rockers The Expendables, Miami’s own pop-soul artist Cris Cab, British reggae fusion singer Maxi Priest (“Close to You,” “Wild World”) and local Latin-funk band Bachaco, plus a kids zone, food village, art and more.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami; www.woodystockmiami.org; $20 in advance, $30 day of show, $80 VIP.
THE 2015 NO SNOW BALL
Take a break from the Christmas-shopping rush with this concert featuring elastic-voiced pop superstar Adam Lambert (he’s been filling in for the late, great Freddie Mercury in Queen, to give you an idea) and alt-rock band Third Eye Blind (“Semi-Charmed Life), plus performances by Chemradery, Snack Pack & The Value Meal Killahs, Meresha and more.
Details: Doors open at 5 p.m., showtime 6 p.m. Saturday, at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.myboca.us/pages/mizneramphi; $25-$100.
THIS WILL FLOAT YOUR BOAT
WINTERFEST BOAT PARADE
Join more than a million cheering spectators along the 12-mile route at this spectacular event billed as The Greatest Show on H2O, with Grand Marshal Nick Cannon leading the celebration that will boast more than 8 million viewers on TV.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday along the New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale; www.winterfestparade.com; free, grandstand viewing area (just north of Sunrise Boulevard) $
Sultry jazz chanteuse (and UM grad) who beat out Tony Bennett and George Benson for the 2013 Soul Train award for Best Traditional Jazz Performance performs her annual concert benefitting Miami Children’s Initiative, filled with Christmas cheer.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday (VIP reception $125), 8 p.m. showtime, at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com; $30-$45.
SHE’S A TRAINWRECK
Emmy-winning comedy maverick who somehow turns her raunchy, sometimes shockingly personal skits into empowering feminist material delivers a stand-up show fresh off her HBO “Live at the Apollo” special and her hilarious screenwriting debut “Trainwreck,” in which she also starred.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $49.50-$150.
SOUTH MOTORS JAZZ SERIES
Sensual and lively singer who traverses classic American jazz and Latin music with equal expertise presents her “Home for the Holidays: La Fiesta de las Americas” concert.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $25-$30.
JAZZ IT UP
A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS
Prolific acoustic guitarist White, who as a keyboardist worked on Al Stewart’s classic album “Year of the Cat,” teams up with jazz trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist and jazz vocalist Mindi Abair (who toured with Aerosmith) for a seasonal concert featuring Christmas classics such as “White Christmas” and “Silent Night.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $33-$53.
Sunday, Dec. 13
FREE FOR ALL
FREE GOSPEL SUNDAYS
South Florida’s Miami Mass Choir – whose members in 2004 joined Kanye West onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards for his hit “Jesus Walks” – celebrates its 20th anniversary with a joyful and spirited holiday performance.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; free, check online for First-Access Passes.
A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS
“HOLIER & DIRTIER”
For those who prefer their holiday entertainment on the more subversive side, here’s an irreverent one-man show that “puts the X in Xmas” from the slightly twisted director of such cult films as “Pink Flamingos,” “Female Trouble” and “Polyester” (all of them starring infamous drag queen Divine), plus more mainstream efforts including “Hairspray” and “Serial Mom.”
Details: 8 p.m. Monday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $45-$65.
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
The Dr. Seuss classic was a big hit on Broadway, inspiring the New York Times to deem it “100 times better than any bedside story.” Now the tale of the Grinch, whose heart was two sizes too small, and how his plan to steal Christmas from Whoville was thwarted by the townspeople’s utter lack of commercial greed comes to life onstage in South Florida.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, running through Dec. 27, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $35-$85.
A SOULFUL HOLIDAY
MICHAEL MCDONALD – THIS CHRISTMAS
Five-time Grammy-winning blue-eyed soul and pop singer – best known for hits with the Doobie Brothers including “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “What a Fool Believes,” “It Keeps You Runnin’” and “Minute By Minute” – performs “An Evening of Holiday & Hits.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $29-$49.