One of the area's most adored holiday traditions returns to Davenport's Adler Theatre on December 9 and 10, when the professional talents of Ballet Quad Cities perform Tchaikovsky's holiday dance classic The Nutcracker in a presentation boasting new choreography by director (and BQC Artistic Director) Courtney Lyon and live accompaniment courtesy of Orchestra Iowa.

Headlined by the Christian rockers of Newsboys, the nationally touring Big Church Night Out makes a stop at Moline's TaxSlayer Center on December 10, featuring performances by the Grammy-nominated, chart-topping quartet plus more than a half-dozen additional contemporary-Christian entertainers.

In addition to his rock, blues, and gospel smashes, Elvis Presley recorded numerous renditions of popular seasonal tunes, and many of those hits will be heard when the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse hosts two performances of Blue Christmas: A Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Extravaganza starring touring musician and noted impersonator Robert Shaw.

In a concert co-hosted by the River Music Experience and Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Iowa-music legends Bob Dorr & the Blue Band will deliver high-energy entertainment in a December 9 Redstone Room set – the latest stop in the band's thirty-sixth year of professional performance.

An operatic legend will celebrated on-stage when Shelley Cooper, Augustana College's new Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, brings her one-woman show La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas to the Brunner Theatre Center for a two-night tribute to the iconic figure that legendary composer Leonard Bernstein called “the Bible of opera.”

Appearing locally in support of their forthcoming album Remember What You Knew Before, the Kansas City-based Katy Guillen & the Girls perform a Moeller Nights concert on December 9, showcasing the blues and roots-rock talents that led American Blues Scene magazine to label them “Blondie meets The Clash meets The Pretenders.”

Described by the New York Times as “effortlessly endearing” and by Variety magazine as “enormously satisfying,” The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee closes the Black Box Theatre's debut season, demonstrating why composer William Finn's celebrated 2005 musical comedy received two Tony Awards and enjoyed a Broadway run of 1,136 performances.

This year's pre-winter Gallery Hop! is themed “Fire & Ice,” with the “Ice” delivered in the sculptures of Robert Storm, the “Fire” in the raku ceramics of Desoto Arts craftspeople, and the “Hop!”-ing in the District of Rock Island visitors viewing and purchasing art in one District venue after another.

Performing under the direction of Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger and accompanied by pianist Marcia Renaud, more than 20 of the area's top singers will blend their skills in two Christmas with the Quad City Singers concerts at Colona's Lavender Crest Winery, with the seasonal repertoire boasting classic and contemporary arrangements for soloists, specific vocal groupings, and the entire ensemble.

An eagerly awaited holiday tradition, the Butterworth Center's and Deere-Wiman House's 19th Century Christmas event returns on December 3 with familiar treats and a brand-new one, as patrons are invited to test elements of a self-guided tour that will allow guests to interact with 19th Century rooms and objects in a 21st Century way.

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