Plan Ahead: Spice up your holiday with these shows

From family-friendly comedy, to dazzling dance parties, add some sparkle to your season with these holiday performances.

A large Christmas tree covered in red, gold, and silver ornaments, placed in front of Boston skyscrapers

Find some holly jolly spirit at these concerts, comedy shows, and dance nights.

There’s nothing like the comfort of a longstanding holiday tradition — until the repetition makes certain rituals crumble like stale gingerbread. If you’re seeking a new way to enjoy this season, check out these holiday shows.

Big Freedia’s Christmas in Central City Tour
Monday, Dec. 11 | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave. | 8 p.m. | $39
Bounce to some holiday hip-hop at the New Orleans rapper’s first Christmas tour. Pro tip: Prep by spinning “A Very Big Freedia Christmazz” and “Big Freedia’s Smokin Santa Christmas.”

Saturdays and Sundays through Saturday, Dec. 23 | Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St. |
3 p.m. | $20
You’ve never heard “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” like this before — and neither has the cast. This family-friendly improv show rewrites the classic tale using audience suggestions, guaranteeing that no two performances are alike.

Mike Birbiglia Live: Christmas Parmesan
Friday, Dec. 15-Saturday, Dec. 23 | The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St. | Times vary | $39-$152
Whether you know him from Broadway, his podcast, or as an old neighbor from Shrewsbury, Birbiglia’s seasonal stand-up set will elevate your spirits.

Comedian Mike Birbiglia on a bicycle in a Santa suit, in front of a marquee that reads "Mike Birbiglia Live! Christmas Parmesan,"

Shrewbury native Mike Birbiglia packs the Wilbur this December with a string of 10 comedy shows.

Photo courtesy of The Wilbur

Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec. 16-Saturday, Dec. 23 | Boch Center, Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St. | Times vary | $49-$125
The music of Duke Ellington meets Tchaikovsky’s tunes in this modern blend of tap, hip-hop, flamenco, and jazz performances.

A John Waters Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 16 | Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave. | 8 p.m. | $35-$140
Indulge in some wintertime weirdness with a comedy show from the famed director of cult classics like “Pink Flamingos” and “Crybaby.”

RENAIDDANCE: Beyoncé Celebration, Holiday Edition
Thursday, Dec. 21 | Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville | 8 p.m. | $20-$25
Groove across the dance floor at this night dedicated to Queen B’s record “RENAISSANCE” + catch a holiday drag performance from Kori King.

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