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Holiday performances, concerts and movies to see

  • "A Christmas Carol" will be performed by Project Shakespeare on Friday at the Rindge Congregational Church and Saturday at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Courtesy photo—

  • "A Christmas Carol" will be performed by Project Shakespeare on Friday at the Rindge Congregational Church and Saturday at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Courtesy photo—

  • "A Christmas Carol" will be performed by Project Shakespeare on Friday at the Rindge Congregational Church and Saturday at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Courtesy photo—

  • Plowshare Farm will hold its second and final performance of "The Shepherds' Play" at the Union Congregational Church on Thursday at 7 p.m. Courtesy photo—

  • Plowshare Farm will hold its second and final performance of "The Shepherds' Play" at the Union Congregational Church on Thursday at 7 p.m. Courtesy photo—

  • Plowshare Farm will hold its second and final performance of "The Shepherds' Play" at the Union Congregational Church on Thursday at 7 p.m. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 1:25PM

There’s less than a week until Christmas, and surely everyone has something left to buy, wrap or plan for.

It’s a busy time of year, when you also have to fit in family time and work parties, while making sure everything is done for the big day. Don’t want to forget to make that fresh batch of sugar cookies for Santa.

But don’t forget to enjoy and embrace all that this season has to offer. Right through Christmas Day, there’s lots of concerts, performances and movies that will only add to the joys of the holidays.

A Christmas Carol

After a run of eight performances in two weekends, Project Shakespeare is back for its final three shows of “A Christmas Carol” beginning Friday at the Rindge Congregational Church at 7 p.m.

While many of the performances have sold out, including the final one of the year this Sunday at the Monadnock Inn in Jaffrey, the Rindge church is quite large and there are plenty of tickets available ($10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors). The same cannot be said for Saturday’s show and dinner at the Jaffrey Civic Center, which only had a handful of tickets remaining as of press time. Cost is $50 for adults and $35 for children 10 and under, and includes a traditional Victorian era dinner with roast turkey, plum pudding and authentic fare from the era of Dickens after the show at 5 p.m.

This is the 10th year of Project Shakespeare’s “A Christmas Carol.”

The Sheperds’ Play

The final performance of the 16th annual production put on by Plowshare Farm will take place tonight at the Union Congregational Church in Peterborough at 7 p.m.

Members of the lifesharing community in Greenfield are joined on stage by residents of two other local lifesharing communities, Four Winds Community of Wilton and Tobias Community of Temple to put on the abridged version of the medieval mystery play.

Admission is free and the show is open to the public.

Church pageants/
concerts

All Saints’ Church in Peterborough will be home to members of the Apple Hill String Quartet on Christmas Eve, as they present Music for the Feast: A Christmas Serenade at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Midnight Mass follows immediately after at 11 p.m., with Apple Hill joining the church choir for many beloved Christmas hymns and carols. Earlier in the day will be the Pageant of the Nativity at 4:30 p.m.

The Union Congregational Church choirs and Sunday School are presenting a Christmas cantata on Sunday, during the 10 a.m. worship service. Night of the Father’s Love by Pepper Choplin will feature music, pageantry and scripture lessons.

Temple Congregational Church will hold their annual Christmas pageant on Sunday at 10 a.m.

The Grinch

It wouldn’t be the Christmas season without watching “The Grinch,” and there just so happens to be another remake of the Dr. Seuss classic in the theaters this year.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the voice of the grumpy green hermit who is set on ruining Christmas for the entire town of Whoville. The animation comedy will be at the Peterborough Community Theater starting with Friday night’s 7 p.m. showing, along with show times at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The theater will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so get your new movie holiday fix before the weekend is over.

Wilton Town Hall Theatre

While the local movie house in Wilton does not have plans to show anything holiday related this year, they will be open Christmas if going to the movies is a family tradition or one you’d like to start.

“Vice,” starring Christian Bale as former vice president Dick Cheney, opens on Christmas with one showing at 7:30 p.m. Also showing will be “Green Book” at 7:30 p.m.

The theater is closed on Christmas Eve.

Depot Square

Catch members of the ConVal High School Chorus as they wander around downtown Peterborough from 4 to 5 p.m., singing classic songs of the holiday season.

Enjoy as they stroll around, in and out of shops, spreading holiday cheer. Anyone is welcome to join.

On Christmas Eve, the Family Fernald Singers and Friends will be caroling for those doing last-minute shopping from 1 to 2 p.m.

Lights Tour

Nothing quite says the holiday season like homes covered in flashing lights, and N.H. Party Bus wants to show off some of the best displays in the area.

Kelly Socia offers private two-hour group tours of Hillsborough County displays for up to 14 people for $175. If two hours isn’t enough, extra time for private tours can be added for $80 each additional hour.