Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
CINDERELLA: The oh-so-charming holiday mainstay returns to RLTfind out if the glass slipper still fits. In partnership with WRAL, Thu., Dec. 12 is Coats for Children night where $10 of every ticket goes to clothing a child in need (via Salvation Army). Where: Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh. When: Through Dec. 21, times vary. $30. | More info
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Ira David Wood gets his (anti?) Christmas on in his signature role as Scrooge in the not-so-traditional re-telling of the season staple for the 39th production. Where: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. When: Thu. to Sun., times vary, $30-$80. | More info
THE NUTCRACKER: Tis the season for sugarplums to dance in your head and onstage with Carolina Ballets famed reimagining of the quintessential Christmas ballet. Where: DPAC, Durham. When: Sat. and Sun., times vary, $32-$100. | More info
NATALIE COLE: Take a break from all the holiday hubbub as the unforgettable R&B superstar bends the boards in the Bull City for her debut at DPAC. Where: DPAC, Durham. When: Tue., 7:30 p.m., $45-$85. | More info
SANTACONDA: Bringing new meaning to painting the town red, SantaConda 2013 is set to takeover downtown with its santa-themed pub crawl/costumed flash mob singing naughty carols. Its like Elf on steriods. If you cant beat emjoin em ... or hide. Where: Downtown Raleigh. When: Saturday, 6 p.m. Must bring: ticket for entry is the Naughty Little Carol Book - PRINT AND BRING; NAUGHTY gifts to give grown ups; NICE stuff to give kids; and Fun toys, like hoops, etc. to play with! ... and maybe a Fruitcake. Ticket and event info here.