As a Holiday Pops show, San Diego music masters join forces with the San Diego Children’s Choir and the San Diego Master Chorale to celebrate all things Irish, including Grammy Award-winning all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 Seventh Ave. Tickets: From $20. (619) 235-0804.
Santa cannot find the toys he needs to deliver for Christmas. But don’t worry, Benito Bunny will come to the rescue and help Santa in his greatest adventure yet! Gaston’s hand puppets at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec 20-23 in Balboa Park. Tickets: $5. balboaparkpuppets.com
The 15th annual production of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” has its holiday run, matinees and evenings through Dec. 29 at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Tickets from $24. (619) 234-5623. oldglobe.org
Joined by the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Children’s Choir, with special guest star Corey Sterns from the American Ballet Theatre, the California Ballet (pictured) will present Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece, “The Nutcracker,” 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23; 7 p.m. Dec. 20-21 at the Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave, downtown San Diego. Tickets: From $25. (858) 560-6741. californiaballet.org
… Closer to home at Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, San Diego Ballet’s “Nutcracker” will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 21. Tickets: From $20. (619) 294-7311. sandiegoballet.tix.com
Third Thursday Event
A free opportunity to view the Museum of Contemporary Art’s portion of the current tri-museum sponsored, “Behold America!” exhibit is available 5-7 p.m. tonight with gallery educator-led tours at 5 and 6 p.m., 700 Prospect St. (858) 454-3541mcasd.org