All I Want for Christmas Is New: Decidedly Different Holiday Fun

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If you’re looking to spice up your holiday with some off-kilter entertainment, Los Angeles does not disappoint.

December 6–29

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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Thumbing its proverbial nose at the theatrical institution of classic holiday productions, Sierra Madre Playhouse has instead combined every Christmas story imaginable into a hodgepodge, madcap romp through the whole idea of Christmas. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre

December 7

ArtScare Before Christmas
Spooky folks still not totally ready to trade in your jack-o’-lanterns for Christmas lights—ArtScare Before Christmas gets you. Pulling inspiration from A Nightmare Before Christmas, this two-for-one holiday celebration features music, activities, and, as the main draw, art from more than 50 artists, all deliciously split between Halloween and Christmas themes. Evolve Project, 1921 Blake Avenue

December 7 and 8

2019 Holiday Lamplight Celebration Tours
You’ve seen A Christmas Carol every which way, from musical to Muppet, but you’ve never experienced the holiday staple quite like this. Heritage Square Museum’s living reenactment of Los Angeles’s early days will morph into a retelling of the Dickens classic, with the Scrooges and such replaced with real figures from the city’s past whom you’ll follow around the museum’s historical buildings for a fresh—and totally L.A.—take on literature’s most beloved tale of redemption. Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street

December 7–22

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A Christmas Carole King
An inspired mashup of the songs of Gershwin Prize–winning King with Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, for a holiday show like nothing you’ve seen before. El Portal Theater, 5269 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood

December 8

Public Access Christmas 2
If you’re looking for a Christmas filled with the fantastic, the heartwarming, and the romantic, this collection of obscure holiday segments pulled from the dark recesses of public access television is…definitely not those things. The lineup of cringe-worthy clips assembled for your viewing delight will include some brand-new segments and a producer Q&A courtesy of sketch series The Public Access Show. Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive

December 13–15

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze
A dazzling dollop of holiday magic that is part circus and part Broadway show, Cirque Dreams Holidaze leaves jaws on the floor while spirits—and acrobats—soar. Expect gravity-defying stunts, showstopping musical numbers, amazing feats of skill, and, most of all, the unexpected. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard

December 13–21

Dysfunctional Family Christmas
The Logans plan one final family holiday before selling their home. When they find Grandpa dead on Christmas morning, they’re forced to hide his absence (and body) from an increasingly nosy extended family in hopes of not spoiling the day in this zany comedy. Sherry Theatre, 11052 West Magnolia Boulevard

December 13–22

The Christmas Present
Back in town for the fourth time, this play provides an alternative to all the festive holiday extravaganzas of the season. It focuses on a lonely man who hires a prostitute for Christmas and how he is confronted by the many choices that have brought him to where he is. Broadwater Black Box, 6322 Santa Monica Boulevard

December 28

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Dina Martina Christmas Show
Postmodern drag artist Martina is a wild departure from the conventional world of drag, twisting the dial way past 11 on how wonderfully strange and hysterical the format can be. For those looking for something far from the typical holiday show or cheer, this might be the perfect gift for you. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street