A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas.The Olney Theatre Center presents Paul Morella's unique adaptation of the Dickens classic. Through Dec. 29, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, (301) 924-3400, olneytheatre.org, starting at $18.
A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas, set in 1864 on Christmas Eve, is a musical tale that imagines characters who have been covered up or erased by history. Through Dec. 22, Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., (410) 332-0033, $19-$59.
A Children's Theatre Christmas Carol. Way Off Broadway's Children's Theatre presents their performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, complete with their own special twist in which it's a "miserly" Miss Ebenezer who experiences the ghosts of Christmas. Dec. 7-Dec. 21, Way Off Broadway, 5 Willowtree Drive, Frederick, (301) 662-6600,wayoffbroadway.com.
A Christmas Carol . The Dignity Players of Annapolis bring Dickens' holiday favorite to the state's capital. Dec. 5-8, Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis, (410) 266-8044, dignityplayers.org.
A Christmas Carol . Maryland Ensemble Theater presents the classic holiday tale. Dec. 20-22, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 600-2828, weinbergcenter.org.
A Christmas Carol . Presented by the Pasadena Theater Company. Dec. 6-15, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, (410) 636-6597, chesapeakearts.org.
A Christmas Carol . The Charles Dickens classic is back for another festive Christmas season. This year the Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by Washington actor Edward Gero. Through Jan. 1, Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, Washington, D.C., (202) 347-4833, fordstheatre.org, $40.80-$99.60.
Cirque Musica. Stunning aerial feats, strongmen, and mind-boggling contortionists inhabit the Meyerhoff for this holiday collaboration with the BSO. Dec. 11-15, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000,bsomusic.org, $19-82.
A John Waters Christmas. John Waters, Baltimore's beloved filmmaker and the Pope of Trash, offers two nights of dirty jokes and hilarious holiday-themed comedy and video material. You don't truly know Christmas until you have had a John Waters Christmas. Dec. 19 and 20, 7 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com, $49.50.
Kwanzaa with Maria Broom and Sankofa Dance Theater. Storyteller Maria Broom and drum talker Jali D share African traditions, which are followed by a performance of traditional dance by Sankofa Dance Theater. Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651,creativealliance.org, $12, members and age 11 and younger $7.
Latshaw Pops Christmas Memories Show. A holiday-variety performance of singing and dancing. Dec. 4, 1 p.m., Michael's 8th Avenue, 8th Avenue and Greyburn Drive, Glen Burnie, (410) 768-7901, latshawproductions.com, $54.95.
Mr. Claus . The original Christmas musical features Christmas music from both today and the days of yore. Dec. 6-27, Way Off Broadway, 5 Willowtree Drive, Frederick, (301) 662-6600, wayoffbroadway.com, $33-$47.
Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise: Probable Claus . Board an authentic Mississippi steamboat and try to sleuth your way through a 1920s murder mystery. Three-course meal onboard is included. Dec. 8-14, Baltimore Marine Center, 2738 Lighthouse Point, (410) 238-0484, baltimorepaddlewheel.com, $68.
Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise: Three Old Fruitcakes . Try to sleuth your way through a murder mystery on an authentic Mississippi riverboat. Three-course meal included. Dec. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Baltimore Marine Center, 2738 Lighthouse Point, (410) 238-0484, baltimorepaddlewheel.com, $68.
A Christmas Carol . Join the Pasadena Theater Company for its presentation of the Christmas classic. Preceded by a Christmas concert directed by David Merrill, this will be the company's sixth performance of Dickens classic tale to date. Dec. 6-15, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, (410) 636-6597, chesapeakearts.org, $19 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under.
Scrooge the Musical . An adaptation of the classic A Christmas Carol, this musical brings some of literature's iconic characters, like Tiny Tim, the Three Ghosts, and Scrooge, himself to life of singing and dancing. Dec. 13-15, Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500, arenaplayersinc.org.
Trixie & Monkey's 9th Annual Holiday Spectac-u-thon. Special guests Mr. Murray Hill, Mr. Gorgeous, Perle Noire, and Gin Minsky join Trixie and Monkey (via video) for a show of hijinx, acrobatics, and striptease. Dec. 19-21, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $25, members and students $20.
The Xavier DuChamp Post-Holiday Extravaganza. The self-proclaimed 12-time winner of Baltimore's most sensual lounge singer presents an old school show of comedy and music that also features live, on-stage cartooning by KAL. Dec. 27, 8 p.m., Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $17, members and students $12.