Friday, December 2
The University Theatre presents "It's a Wonderful Life" at Mitchell Theater on the UW campus. The story is a holiday classic brought to life as a 1940s live radio broadcast. Follow the life of George Bailey and the highs and lows that come with it that lead to a desperate Christmas Eve.
Through Dec. 11, theatre.wisc.edu
Edgewood College's Music Department keeps the winter cheer alive with their 89th Annual Christmas Concert. All proceeds go towards a scholarship fund.
Through Dec. 3, www.edgewood.edu
The Madison Symphony orchestra coats us in musical melodies of holiday cheer with "A Madison Symphony Christmas" in Overture Hall featuring Grammy winner and Metropolitan Opera singer Sylvia McNair as well as the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir.
Through Dec. 4, www.overture.org
Four Seasons Theatre and Theatre LILA bring to life "Big Fish: The Musical", the 1998 novel and 2003 film directed by Tim Burton. The performance brings ensemble-style storytelling to the stage at Overture Center. It centers on a dying father who loves telling tall tales and his son, who demands only the truth.
Through Dec. 11, www.overture.org
Saturday, December 3
Engage in holiday consumerism without the extra guilt. The Fair Trade Holiday Festival at Monona Terrace is a one-stop shop for international and artisan gifts this holiday season with vendors such as Fairgrass, Mayaworks and Noonday Collection.
Olbrich's Holiday Express Flower and Train Model Show kicks off on Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 31. View large-scale model trains weaving through a tropical holiday scene in Olbrich's atrium.
Through Dec. 31, www.olbrich.org