Baby, it's cold outside. So if you're not into winter sports - or shoveling snow - why not go indoors and take in a show? At theaters around the region, holiday productions are in full swing, including a variety of Nutcrackers, Christmas Carols and more. Here's a sampling to get you started:
Black Nativity --Theatre Morgan presents its annual performance of Langston Hughes' gospel-song play. This year's production is titled Black Nativity 2005 and features the musical from a contemporary perspective. Final performance Saturday at Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2100 Argonne Drive. Times vary. $5-$10. Call 443-885-3625.
A Christmas Carol --Hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Through Dec. 31 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington. Times vary. $30-$52. Call 202-347-4833.
The City Nutcracker --Baltimore DanceTech and the Stephanie Powell DanseEnsemble perform at Coppin State University, James Weldon Johnson Theater, 2500 W. North Ave., at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets are $10. Call 410-233-1101.
The Great Russian Nutcracker --Moscow Ballet presents the classic at Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $23-$63. Call 410-547-SEAT.
Miracle on 34th Street --A little girl refuses to believe that a department store Santa Claus is the real thing. Through Dec. 23 at Lorenzo's Timonium Dinner Theatre, 9603 Deereco Road. Call 410-560-1113 for times and prices.
The Nutcracker --The Harford Ballet Company presents the ballet at Aberdeen High School, 251 Paradise Road, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 17 and 1 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets are $16. 410-877-3281.
The Nutcracker --The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts performs the ballet at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18 at Community College of Baltimore County, Essex campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd. Tickets are $15-$18. Call 410-679-2787.
The Nutcracker --The Howard County Ballet and the Howard County Ballet Orchestra perform at Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets are $15-$22. Call 410-465-8233.
The Nutcracker --The Baltimore Ballet Company & School performs at Kraushaar Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. tomorrow at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. $12-$18. Call 410-667-7974.
The Nutcracker --Ballet Theatre of Maryland will present the holiday classic at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 2 p.m. today, 7 p.m. tomorrow, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is at 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. $48. Call 410-263-5544.
The Nutcracker --The Gordon Center for Performing Arts will host the Carroll County Dance Center at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. today. Gordon Center for Performing Arts is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. Tickets are $20; $15 for senior citizens and children, available at the door or the Carroll County Dance Center, 7564 Main St., Sykesville. Call 410-795-3255.
Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer --Musical about a cross-dressing Rudolph. Through Dec. 17 at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $12-$15. Call 410-752-1225.
Scrooge --This clever adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, put on by seniors involved in the theater program, will be performed at 2 p.m. today at Community College of Baltimore County, Essex campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd. $10-$12. Call 410-780-6369.
Scrooge --See this musical version of A Christmas Carol through Dec. 18 at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. $12-$15. Call 410-752-1225.
Scrooge --The Salem Players, featuring local actors, perform the musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol tonight at 8 and tomorrow at 2 p.m. at 905 Frederick Road in Catonsville. $10-$15. Call 410-747-0720.
Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold --In the second half of this play, volunteers are used to stage a living Nativity scene, which then launches into a mystery regarding the disappearance of the wise men's gift of gold. Through Dec. 23 at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sundays. $22.50. Call 410-547-SEAT.