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Some Christmas traditions involve trees, some involve stockings and dozens involve people on a stage, pouring their souls into their art. Below, you’ll find a roundup of the region’s upcoming holi

“A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St., through Dec. 20 – This new musical version has been packing them in to Madison Square Garden over the last decade. Now, it’s packing them in to the Civic in this snappy, eye-filling production. $26-$16; (509) 325-2507 or TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT,

“Together Again for the First Time,” Interplayers, 174 S. Howard St., through Dec. 6 – In this family-reunion comedy, written by and starring local actor/playwright Reed McColm, a blended family fights and squabbles, yet ultimately comes together at Christmas. $21-$10; (509) 455-PLAY or TicketsWest.

“Madeline’s Christmas,” Spokane Children’s Theatre, Friday-Dec. 13, Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. – The SCT’s big holiday musical, featuring the beloved French schoolgirl. $8-$10; TicketsWest, or (509) 328-4886 for more info.

Jim Brickman: Holiday Homecoming, Monday, 7:30 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox – The popular piano man returns with a program of holiday favorites, accompanied by vocalist Anne Cochran and electric violinist Tracy Silverman. $52/$42; TicketsWest.

Ballet Idaho’s “The Nutcracker,” Wednesday, 7 p.m., Panida Theater, Sandpoint – The annual Panida tradition featuring the dancers from Oregon’s Eugene Ballet. $22-$8; (208) 263-6139.

Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide Concert, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. – This popular Northwest Celtic harp and hammered-dulcimer duo will be joined by Colleen Raney, the Haran Irish Dancers and the McKassons, champion Scottish fiddlers and harpists, in a celebration of Celtic Yuletide. $18-$16; TicketsWest.

Spokane Symphony and Alberta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center – The Alberta Ballet’s all-new version of Tchaikovsky’s classic, with music from the full orchestra. $14-$37; (509) 624-1200 or TicketsWest.

Eastern Washington University’s Holiday Choral Concert, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, Grand and 12th – EWU’s Symphonic, Chamber and Concert Choirs will perform holiday music by Rutter, Williams and Holst, with guest organist John Oss. Free; donations accepted.

Gonzaga University’s Christmas Candlelight Concert, Dec. 5 and 6, 8 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, Boone and Astor – GU’s University Choir will perform Christmas music by Fahre, Brahms, Mendelssohn and others, followed by a staged version of Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” produced and directed by Spokane Opera’s Marjory Halvorson and Bill Graham. $10/$5 advance, $12/$5 door; TicketsWest.

Spokane Jazz Orchestra, “A Count Basie Christmas,” Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. – Guest vocalist Carmen Bradford, who was discovered by Basie himself, joins the SJO for a swinging celebration of jazzy Christmas music. $29.50-$26; TicketsWest.

“A Christmas Story,” Christian Youth Theater-Spokane, Dec. 6-14, Adamson Auditorium, Trent Elementary School, 3303 N. Pines Road – The stage version of the popular movie about Ralphie and his BB gun. $9-$6/advance, $10/door; (509) 487-6540.

North Idaho College, “Sounds of Christmas,” Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 7, 2 p.m., NIC’s Schuler Performing Arts Center, Coeur d’Alene – Featuring NIC’s Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, Madrigal Singers and Jazz Co. Free.

Washington State University’s Holiday Concert, Dec. 6, 2 p.m., Bryan Hall, WSU, Pullman – WSU’s Madrigal Singers, University Singers, Concert Choir, VoJazz and Symphony Orchestra will present Christmas music ranging from Renaissance to folk to jazz to classical. $10-$5 (children under 12 free), at the door.

“A Christmas in Wales,” Dec. 7, 4 and 7 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, Grand and 12th – The annual Connoisseur Concerts concert featuring Christmas music by the Spokane Youth Orchestra and the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus. Patrick Treadway will perform a skit written by Lydia Newell about Welsh Christmas traditions. Doors open an hour before each show; come early for the best seats. Free.

“Music Fit for a King,” University of Idaho Chorus and Vandaleer Concert Choir, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., UI’s University Auditorium – This choral concert features Mozart’s Coronation Mass, K. 317, and other Christmas works and carols. $5-$3, at the door.

The Singing Nuns, Christmas Evermore: The Angel’s Song, Dec. 11 and 12, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater – It wouldn’t be Christmas in Spokane without the nuns from Mount St. Michael presenting their annual concert of sacred and traditional choral music. $18-$14; TicketsWest.

Whitworth Christmas Festival Concert: Gaudete! Rejoice! Heaven and Earth Are Full of Thy Glory, Dec. 12, 8 p.m. and Dec. 13, 3 and 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St. – Annual Christmas concert featuring the Whitworth Choir, Whitworth Women’s Choir, student brass ensembles, wind ensembles and organists, performing music of Öhrwall and Bach. $18-$15; (800) 532-4668.

“Peace,” Spokane Area Children’s Chorus, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 13, 3 p.m., Westminster Congregational Church, 411 S. Washington St. – The region’s premier children’s chorus, consisting of various levels of choirs and ensembles, presents its annual celebration of Christmas music. $8-$5, at the door.

Annual Holiday Concert in Moscow, Dec. 12, 8 p.m., ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, University of Idaho, Moscow – Dan Bukvich, UI music professor, leads more than 500 voices drawn from regional children’s and high school choirs in a concert that also includes handbell choirs and jazz performers. Free.

Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s Christmas Showcase, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Schuler Auditorium, North Idaho College – Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, the Duke Ellington version of “The Nutcracker” and a selection of holiday pops music with guest soprano Christina Kowalski. $15-$8; (208) 769-7780 or (800) 423-2849.

Michael W. Smith: It’s a Wonderful Christmas, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center – The Christian music legend brings his tour to Spokane, featuring songs from his three Christmas albums. $45-$80; TicketsWest.

Brass Holidays, Spokane British Brass Band, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Falls Community College Music Building Auditorium – Spokane’s traditional British-style brass band presents its annual show of holiday music. $10; TicketsWest.

“A Reduced Christmas Carol,” Dec. 17-21, matinees and evening shows most days (showtimes to be announced), Interplayers, 174 S. Howard St. – The Dickens classic is condensed into three different versions of 15 minutes, five minutes and one minute. The script, by local playwright Ann Whiteman, has had audiences (who get to participate) rolling with laughter the last two seasons. $8/$6/$2; (509) 459-PLAY or TicketsWest.

Clarion: This is What Christmas Sounds Like, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox – The Clarion Brass Choir’s annual holiday concert, this year featuring vocalist Ann Fennessy and new arrangements of many holiday favorites. $20/$15/$12; TicketsWest.

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s “White Christmas,” Dec. 19 and 20, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 21, 2 p.m., North Idaho College’s Schuler Performing Arts Center, Coeur d’Alene – This is a concert version of the Irving Berlin classic, performed by the professionals at the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. $25; (208) 769-7780 or (800) 423-2849,

Spokane Symphony’s Holiday Pops, Dec. 20, 8 p.m. and Dec. 21, 2 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center – The symphony’s annual show featuring the usual cast of hundreds: the full orchestra, the Spokane Symphony Chorale, the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus and Santa Claus. Join in with thousands of voices in the holiday sing-along at the end. $12-$36; (509) 624-1200 or TicketsWest.