‘West Side Story’

This Tony-award winning Broadway musical has been dazzling audiences for more than 50 years. Based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” this story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds, and a “star-crossed” love that blooms between Tony (one of the Jets) and Maria (the sister of one of the Sharks). The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics as “I Feel Pretty,” “Somewhere,” “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight” and “America.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $32-$62

For more info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

‘The Nutcracker’

The Charleston Ballet Theatre is again presenting this holiday staple. Watch the story of 1865 Charlestonian Marie Lowndes and her enchanted Nutcracker doll, which magically comes to life and transports her to a world of Sugar Plum Fairies and Rat Kings. The performances will feature 90 children’s roles, which have been taken on by a rotating cast of the Charleston Ballet Theatre School as well as dance students from throughout the Lowcountry who auditioned. The CBT also will be joining forces with the Charleston Animal Society for the second annual “Muttcracker,” which aims to find dogs homes for the holidays.

When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $30-$50

For more info: northcharlestoncoliseumpac.comor www.charlestonballet.org

Festival of Wreaths

This seventh annual event is a celebration of the innovative work of notable Charleston designers and doctors, all inspired by their shared commitment to children’s care and wellness. Guests are invited to eat, drink and be merry as they bid on favorite wreaths created by some of the area’s top designers. Sip on champagne and nibble on festive treats as you enjoy live music and peruse the creations in the running for prizes such as most holiday cheer, most inspired, best in show and all the glitz and glamour. Proceeds will benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital.

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Palmetto Cafe, The Shops at Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St.

Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

For more info: 937-9142 or charlestonplace.com/FOW

Grand Illumination

Step back in time to 1782 for Arthur Middleton’s first Christmas home after years of service during the American Revolution. Take a tour through the gardens, which will be illuminated by torchlight, and house museum, decorated for the holidays and lit by candles, as costumed interpreters tell stories of the season at the end of the Revolution. Attendees also will enjoy live music, refreshments and a Southern buffet.

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: $45 adults; $20 children 12 and under

For more info: 556-6020 or www.middletonplace.org

Holiday Pops!

A Lowcountry holiday tradition, this show will feature holiday favorites performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the CSO Chorus and the Charleston Children’s Chorus. In partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank, a donation bin will be set up in the Sottile Theatre lobby to accept nonperishable food items.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Price: $24 in advance, $29 at the door

For more info: 723-7528 orwww.charlestonsymphony.org

Holiday Open House

Gather ’round for an afternoon of sipping seasonal fun. Local vendors will be on-site selling gift options; shoppers 21 and over will get a complimentary glass of homemade hot mulled wine. In addition to shopping, there will be wine and Firefly vodka tastings, food from the Stono Cafe and live music from De Gullah Singers and The Plantation Singers.

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island

Price: Free admission

For more info: 559-6867 or www.irvinhousevineyards.com

Santa Bar Crawl

Santa and his helpers will be invading downtown Charleston during this fifth annual event. Attendees are encouraged to don their holiday best and “crawl” their way to a number of venues for drink specials, giveaways, costume contests and more. Crawlers can go at their own pace. The first 100 to arrive get a free Santa hat, and participants who hit every bar will be entered to win a cruise. A portion of the proceeds will go to Toys for Tots.

When: 5 p.m. Saturday-2 a.m. Sunday

Where: Moe’s Downtown Tavern, 5 Cumberland St.

Price: $10

For more info: 704-516-2674 or www.santabarcrawl.eventbrite.com