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Entertainment around the area

t’s beginning to look, and sound, a lot like Christmas as local and regional venues get in the holiday spirit over the next couple of weeks.

Holiday shows in Carbon County include Elvis tribute act Ryan Pelton at Penn’s Peak and Twelve Twenty-Four, a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute, at Mauch Chunk Opera House.

In the Lehigh Valley, Sarah Brightman and Il Divo bring classical-crossover holiday cheer to Bethlehem’s Wind Creek Event Center. Monroe County holiday highlights, meanwhile, include Pocono Pops! at Sherman Theater and Debbie Gibson at Mount Airy Casino Resort.


325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe

866-605-7325, pennspeak.com

• Jessie’s Girl, 8 p.m. Dec. 1. The New York City band will present its “Back to the Eighties Show.” Jessie’s Girl takes its name from Rick Springfield’s 1981 hit of the same name.

• “Christmas with The Celts,” 8 p.m. Dec. 2. The production features ancient Irish Christmas carols, Irish dance and modern, contemporary songs with Irish instrumentation.

• Ryan Pelton, 1 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Pelton, an Elvis Presley tribute artist and actor, will perform his Elvis Christmas show.


14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe

570-325-0249, mcohjt.com

• EagleMania, 8 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25. The group, an Eagles tribute act, performs the Eagles’ greatest hits, plus select Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh solo efforts.

• Twelve Twenty-Four, 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2, and 3 p.m. Dec. 3. The show features the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, along with selections from Twelve Twenty-Four’s albums.

• John Németh Band, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Born in Boise, Idaho, Németh has released a dozen albums. The harmonicist has won multiple Blues Music Awards.


6565 Interchange Road, Lehighton

610-377-5050, countryjunction.com

• Santa Pictures, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, through Dec. 17. Country Junction invites kids and pets to take photos with Santa.

• Santa’s Gingerbread House Party, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Children will decorate a gingerbread house and have access to the arcade’s bounce house, bumper cars and mini-bowling.


268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe

570-325-5588, vicsjazzloft.com

• Krampus Ball: The Alternative Christmas Party, 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The second ball will include music by Oompah band The Schützengiggles, plus food, costume contests and more.


701 Hamilton St., Allentown

610-224-4625, pplcenter.com

• WWE Live, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Matches include Kevin Owens vs. Solo Sikoa, Charlotte Flair vs. Iyo Sky for the women’s title and LA Knight vs. Jimmy Uso. Others set to appear include Rey Mysterio, Carlito, Bobby Lashley, Austin Theory and Bayley.


77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem

610-297-7414, windcreekeventcenter.com

• “Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” 8 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25, and 2 p.m. Nov. 25. The show features aerial circus acts, sleight-of-hand jugglers, skippers and acrobatics.

• Jason Bonham’s Zeppelin Evening, 8 p.m. Nov. 28. The English drummer, whose late father John was an original member of Led Zeppelin, led the 1980s/1990s band Bonham. He’s currently a member of Black Country Communion and Sammy Hagar and the Circle.

• Sarah Brightman, “A Christmas Symphony,” 8 p.m. Nov. 29. The English soprano, who originated the role of Christine Daaé in “The Phantom of the Opera,” has released 12 solo studio albums. Brightman released a holiday set, “A Winter Symphony,” in 2008.

• Il Divo, 8 p.m. Dec. 2. The classical-crossover male quartet, which Simon Cowell formed in 2003 in the U.K., will present its holiday show. Il Divo has 10 studio albums to its credit.

• Matt Fraser, 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Fraser, an author and purported psychic medium, starred in the E! reality series “Meet the Frasers,” which premiered in 2020.


101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

610-332-3378, steelstacks.org

• Tusk, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25. Formed in 2008 in New Jersey, the Fleetwood Mac tribute band takes its name from the Mac’s same-titled 1979 album and song.

• Top of the World, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Debbie Taylor fronts the tribute to brother-sister duo The Carpenters. Top of the World takes its name from the same-titled 1972 Carpenters song.

• The Stranger, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Mike Santoro, born and raised in Levittown, New York, fronts the Billy Joel tribute band, formed in 2009.


453 Northampton St., Easton

800-999-7828, statetheatre.org

• “Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet,” 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 25. The show, an adaptation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s 1892 classic, features principal artists from Ukraine, Japan, Turkey and beyond. The ballet includes acrobatics, puppets, and handcrafted sets and costumes.

• “A Magical Cirque Christmas: A Holiday Variety Show,” 7 p.m. Nov. 29. The show features acrobats, contortionists, and aerialists performing to a holiday musical score.

• Preservation Hall Jazz Band: “Creole Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The band performs New Orleans classics, plus holiday selections with a twist.


524 Main St., Stroudsburg

570-420-2808, shermantheater.com

• Railroad Earth, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25. The progressive bluegrass band, formed in 2001 in Stillwater, New Jersey, released its latest album, “All For the Song,” in 2022.

• Tom Papa, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Born in Passaic, New Jersey, the comedian/podcast host has six stand-up specials and three books to his credit. He appeared in the 2023 film “Air.”

• The Pocono Pops!: “Home For the Holidays,” 3 p.m. Dec. 3. The Poconos Pops! Orchestra will accompany the Pocono Pops! Chorus and other vocalists.


552 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware, 570-421-5093, shawneeplayhouse.org

• “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” Nov. 24-Dec. 23. The show, based on the 1983 film and opening on Broadway in 2012, follows Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. Numbers include “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation” and “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”


312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono

877-682-4791, mountairycasino.com

• Debbie Gibson, “Winterlicious: An Evening of Holiday and Hits,” 8 p.m. Nov. 25. Raised on Long Island, New York, the singer-songwriter/actress released debut album “Out of the Blue” in 1987. Hit singles include “Only in My Dreams,” “Foolish Beat,” “Lost in Your Eyes” and “Electric Youth.” Gibson released her 11th studio album “Winterlicious” in 2022.

• Thunder From Down Under, 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2, Event Center. The Australian male revue has appeared on the Las Vegas Strip for the past 20 years.

Sarah Brightman will perform “A Christmas Symphony,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO