Boost your ho-ho-ho mood by catching one or more of the many holiday shows throughout the region.
Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, continues its "Happy Holidays - A Magical Celebration" revue in the Tropicana Showroom through Dec. 16. The show features beloved music, including "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "O Holy Night," "Santa Baby" and more. Four singers and 17 dancers bring the holidays to life. Of course, no holiday show is complete without appearances by Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. Tickets are $25 and $35 at the Tropicana Box Office or through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. For a complete list of show times and dates, go to www.tropicana.net.
Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort's "Christmas Spectacular" offers Broadway-style entertainment for the entire family through Dec. 19 in Hilton Theater, 3400 Pacific Ave. An exciting cast brings favorite holiday songs to life with lavish choreography and glowing costumes. Watch closely: you might catch a glimpse of Ol' St. Nick. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Sundays, 3 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays, 9 p.m. Fridays and 8 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets are $31.50. Call 609-347-7111 or go to www.hiltonac.com.
Surflight Theatre's "Holiday Spectacular" promises magic with 2 p.m. matinees Tuesday, Dec. 14, Thursday, Dec. 16, and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19. Evening Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 17 and 18.
Get whisked away with a child and an enchanted narrator on a winter journey to Bethlehem, 1950s America, Dickens' Camden Town and Toyland. They witness a joyful Hanukkah celebration and experience holiday celebrations around the world. Susan Powell, Miss America 1981 and star of the TV show "Home Matters," is a special guest performer. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for kids 12 and younger. Go to www.surflight.org
Musical Mondays, a cabaret series by the Ocean City Repertory Theater, is held at the Black Box Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. through Dec. 20. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or call 609-457-6686. A dessert reception follows show.
Cape May Stage, Cape May's professional Equity theatre, in collaboration with Bristol Riverside Theatre of Bucks County, Pa., presents a new take on the classic "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry. It is a tale for all ages about understanding how to laugh, love and cry again. The show runs through Dec. 30. Show are 8 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
This new adaptation, directed and re-conceived by stage and screen puppeteer Scott Hitz, uses life-sized puppets, actors, original music and sets to bring to life the heartwarming story of the Little Prince, who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss and laughter. Perfect for the whole family, this production exemplifies the best of what the holiday season means.
In association with Monkey Boys Productions, (puppet builders on "Avenue Q" and "Little Shop of Horrors"), "The Little Prince" stars Philadelphia-based actors Lenny Haas as the Aviator, Broadway stage and screen puppeteer Marc Petrosino ("Little Shop of Horrors") as the Men in Planets and Carole Anne Raffa as Rose, the desert flower. Joining the cast from Los Angeles is Leila Ghaznavi as the Little Prince and N.Y.-based stage and screen puppeteer and Emmy-winning designer Michael Shupbach as the Fox.
Catch the show at Robert Shackleton Playhouse at Bank & Lafayette streets, Cape May. Tickets are $35 adults ($40 on Saturday evenings), $30 seniors, and $12.50 students. Call 609-884-1341 or go to www.capemaystage.com. The Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall and The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel sponsor the performance.