"A Christmas Carol," "Billy Elliot" part of this week's Best Bets

In the county

Holiday Horns in concert

Synopsis: More than 30 professional and amateur French horn players get together to take part in this annual concert that will also feature two Alphorns in the holiday-themed performance.

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: TownMall of Westminster, 400 N. Center St., Westminster

Admission: Free

Information: 410-876-2171

"A Christmas Carol"

Synopsis: The Maryland Ensemble Theatre returns to Carroll to present Charles Dickens' holiday classic featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Crachit and Tiny Tim.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster

Admission: $15 for general admission, $13 for Carroll County Arts Council members, seniors and students

Information: 410-848-7272 or http://www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org

In the region

"Billy Elliot the Musical"

Synopsis: With a score written by Elton John, this musical follows the celebration of one boy's journey from the boxing ring and into a ballet class.

When: Show times are 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Dec. 27-29, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 30. Matinees are 2 p.m. Saturday, Wednesday and Dec. 29. No shows Christmas Eve or Christmas.

Where: France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore

Admission: $35-$115

Information: 410-547-7328 or http://www.france-merrickpac.com

Maryland's Finest: End of the World Edition

Synopsis: Assuming the Mayan apocalypse is a myth, enjoy a night of music with local bands Pasadena, Bond and Bentley and more.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Baltimore

Admission: $12-$15

Information: 410-244-1131 or http://www.ramsheadlive.com