For the past two decades, Mobilians have headed to Bellingrath Gardens and Home to observe the Magic Christmas in Lights show featuring more than 1,100 set pieces, three million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre garden estate. Now, for the show’s 20th anniversary, Bellingrath has implemented some changes and released a performance schedule of children’s choruses to mark the holidays in song.
The light shows have been enhanced with LED technology, making new effects hypnotic and energy efficient. These are most evident in the Mirror Lake and Underwater Garden areas.
A Coca-Cola Christmas Caravan rolls on Dec. 19. A human Elf on the Shelf is slated for Dec. 21.
Singers and musicians perform on the south terrace of the Bellingrath Home. The schedule of remaining performers follows:
• Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., Alabama School of Math and Science Concert Choir and Bands
• Monday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., Fairhope High School’s Concert Choir and Ensemble “Encore”
• Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Azalea City Harmony Chorus, Sweet Adelines
• Thursday, Dec. 17, 5 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal School’s Upper School Chorus
• Thursday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m., Pride of Mobile Chorus
• Thursday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Gulfport High School’s Bellissima and Madrigal Singers
An additional military discount is in place on Dec. 14. Dec. 16 includes a 20 percent discount off regular Garden admissions for all guests.
Magic Christmas in Lights is open nightly from 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 2.
For details about Magic Christmas in Lights or to order tickets, visit www.bellingrath.org.
MSO climbs to holiday heights
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra unveils its unique Cirque de Noel show with a combination of visual and sonic delights. The concert combines the usual musical elegance of classical holiday favorites with Cirque de la Symphonie guest acrobats and aerialists who will soar above the musicians.
The show at the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.) begins at 8 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. MSO is partnering with WKRG’s Great Toy Drive, with concertgoers encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.
Individual tickets are $20 to $75 and can be purchased online at www.mobilesymphony.org, by phone at 251-432-2010 or at the symphony box office at 257 Dauphin St.
For more info, go to www.mobilesymphony.org.
Improv troupe on Joachim
Bay Cities Improv puts its creativity to the test monthly for Mobile audiences when this extemporaneous and transitory seven-member comedy troupe fields suggestions from the audience. This is a chance for fans of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” to see creativity in its most immediate form.
The next Second Friday performance is Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m., at Alchemy Tavern (7 S. Joachim St.). Entrance is $5.
For more info about performances and classes, go to baycitiesimprov.com.
Mobile Ballet’s “Nutcracker”
It wouldn’t be Christmas season without the annual rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet about toys come to life. Whether it’s dancing snowflakes, combat between soldiers and mice, or a Christmas tree with a gigantic growth spurt, it is all part of the magic of the holidays.
Guest artists for this version include Jeanette Delgado, principal dancer for the Miami City Ballet, and New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht. The show takes place at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.
Saturday, Dec. 12, features performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 13, there is only the 2:30 p.m. matinee.
Tickets range from $20 to $60 according to seating.
For more info, call 251-342-2241 or go to mobileballet.org.