By Katherine Karlson

Broome Arts Mirror continues to highlight holiday performances, week by week. This article covers events starting this weekend (Dec. 9-11):

Cider Mill Stage

As much a part of the holiday season as a bowl of wassail or the feast of a roast goose and flaming brandy pudding, the annual performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a Southern Tier holiday tradition that never fails to please and entertain.

“We are so proud to present John Bielenberg’s A Christmas Carol for a thrilling 43rd time at the Cider Mill Stage, “ said Kate Murray, executive director of BLAST (Bold Local Artists of the Southern Tier).

“This familiar tale of Christmas cheer will be delightfully told by a few familiar faces as well as some new ones. It is an honor to share this cherished local holiday tradition with our audiences. Our version of A Christmas Carol is a great show for children of all ages,” she added.

IF YOU GO: Performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 and 18; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18; at Cider Mill Stage, 2 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott. $25 (12 and under, $18). 

Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra will take listeners on a musical journey through some traditional and not-so-traditional holiday landscapes at 3 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Broome County Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton.

The Philharmonic’s holiday concert, “Winter Wonderland,” will feature music from timeless holiday hits sure to delight the whole family, including The Polar Express, Home Alone and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The program also willfeature a visit from Santa, a holiday sing- along with professional singers from Tri-Cities Opera, and the classic British animated film, The Snowman, shown with music performed by live orchestra and treble soloist Luca Thomas.

There will be a pre-concert Organ Recital from 2:30-2:50 p.m. by Nancy Wildoner of the Binghamton Theater Organ Society.

IF YOU GO: Tickets are $20-$65 (17 and under free); visit…/winter-wonderland. For free children’s tickets, call 607-723-3931.

Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theater

The classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker presented by the Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theater will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at The Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton.

IF YOU GO: Tickets are $20-$45 (seniors/students, $15; 5 and under, free with adult ticket) at or at the Mirabito Box Office at the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena.

Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

Two special musical treats will be served up at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, 48 Willow St., Johnson City:

At 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Steven Nanni, will perform a wide variety of music including holiday favorites. Local audiences will know the tenor from his work with the Binghamton Downtown Singers, the Catskill Choral Society, the Catskill Symphony, the Summer Savoyards, Tri-Cities Opera and local churches. Tickets for “Steven Nanni Singers” are $27.25 ($25.25 for seniors and students).

At 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, Bill Carter & the Presbybop Christmas Eve Band will bring their acclaimed “Jingle Jazz” to the Firehouse Stage. This group of the region’s finest jazz musicians will present a two-hour show that features swinging versions of traditional favorites, as well as a tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Pianist Bill Carter is joined byMike Carbone on saxophone, Jeff Stockham on trumpet, Tony Marino on bass and Tyler Dempsey on drums. Tickets are $17.25.

IF YOU GO: For tickets to both performances at this venue, go to

Endwell Community Chorus

“The Gift of Holiday Music,” a free holiday concert by the Endwell Community Chorus, will start at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in front of JCPenney in the Oakdale Commons (Oakdale Mall), Johnson City.