It's the most wonderful time of the year, with Christmas on Monday and New Year's Eve the following Sunday. Here are some new things going on, and a reminder of what continues through the coming days:
• Another week, another classic with a twist hits the stage. "A Christmas Carol: A One-Man Ghost Story," starring Phillip J. Berns playing all the Dickens characters, presented by Theatre Vertigo, at Shoebox Theater, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 21-23. Tickets: $10-$20, www.theatrevertigo.org.
• For the fifth and final year, All Classical Portland presents Grammy Awards- and Country Music Awards-winning violinist Mark O'Connor and his O'Connor Band in "An Appalachian Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: $18-$105, www.portland5.com. The O'Connor Band won the Grammy for the 2017 Best Bluegrass Album.
• On the big screen at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., there is "Animated Christmas 6," a collection of animated 16mm winter holiday films from collector Greg Hamilton and VHS rarities courtesy of Re-Run Theater programmer Nick Wells, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, as well as perhaps the most classic holiday movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," screening at 2 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.
• Post-Christmas entertainment includes the Portland Youth Philharmonic's "Concert-At-Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: $5-$55, www.portlandyouthphil.org. It's a Portland tradition since 1961, and is a mostly Spanish-themed evening with a little "Jurassic Park" thrown in. Each of PYP's four ensembles takes a turn on the Schnitzer stage; highlights are John Williams' theme from "Jurassic Park," Enrique Granados' "Intermezzo from Goyescas," and pieces from Isaac Albeniz and Manuel de Falla.
• Brian Setzer, formerly with The Stray Cats, and his 19-piece orchestra whip up some retro holiday cheer with the 14th annual "Christmas Rocks!" tour, and also play music from their latest Christmas album, "Rockin' Rudolph," their other best-selling holiday albums and classic Setzer hits. They play the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27. Tickets: $35.50-$80, www.portland5.com.
• Lights displays continuing: The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights features more than 1 million holiday lights and indoor concerts at the 600-seat chapel, through Dec. 30 (except Christmas Day). Info: www.thegrotto.org. ... Winter Wonderland allows visitors at PIR to stay in their cars and drive around to see lights and some 250 decorations along the route of the road-course track, through Dec. 26. Info: www.winterwonderlandportland.com. ...
The Oregon Zoo shows off all its brilliance (1.5 million LED lights), animal-themed decorations and, of course, its wonderful animals during ZooLights through Jan. 7. Info: www.oregonzoo.org. ... "A Very Portland Christmas" at Pittock Mansion combines holiday decorations at the historic mansion with city themes
such as Powell's Books, Packy the elephant and Peacock Lane, through Dec. 31. Info: www.pittockmansion.org. ...
Thursday, Dec. 21, is the last night of the Christmas Ships Parade on the Columbia and Willamette rivers. Info: www.christmasships.org. ... The Miracle of a Million Lights shines at Victorian Belle mansion and its 2.5-acre grounds, 1441 N. McClellan St., through Saturday. For more: www.victorianbelle.com. ... The famous Peacock Lane and its decorated houses light up through Dec. 31, between Southeast Stark Street and Belmont Street just off Cesar Chavez Boulevard. For details: www.peacocklane.org.
• Highlighted events continuing: Truman Capote's tender holiday tale "A Christmas Memory," starring Leif Norby, is paired with original presentation "Winter Song," starring Merideth Kaye Clark, at Portland Center Stage at the Armory, through Dec. 31. Info: www.pcs.org. ... Stumptown Stages' "A Christmas Carol — The Musical" features Gary Wayne Cash as Ebenezer Scrooge and plays through Dec. 24 at Brunish Theatre. For more: www.stumptownstages.org. ...
Portland Playhouse's version of "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Brian Weaver and Cristi Miles, stars Todd Van Voris (and Eric Little) as Scrooge, through Dec. 30 at Hampton Opera Center. For more: www.portlandplayhouse.org. ... "The Second City's A Christmas Carol: "Twist Your Dickens," which includes local favorite Darius Pierce, stages through Dec. 31 at The Armory. Info: www.pcs.org. ...
Shows of the Oregon Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" by George Balanchine continue through Dec. 24 at Keller Auditorium. For more: www.obt.org. ... Michael Allen Harrison's "Christmas At The Old Church" stages at The Old Church, through Dec. 26. For more: www.michaelallenharrison.com. ... The Christmas Revels fetes the season with music, dance, song, theater and humor at St. Mary's Academy, 1615 S.W. Fifth Ave., through Saturday. For more: www.portlandrevels.org.