Celebrate the holiday season with these must-see local productions

Set the stage for holiday cheer with Elf, Miss Bennet, and more heartwarming happenings.

A look at the cast of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” was Multiverse Theatre Collective’s hit inaugural production.

Photo via Multiverse Theatre Collective

Forget Netflix and get into the holiday spirit with these festive local theater productions.

The city’s longest-running playhouse, Asheville Community Theatre (35 E. Walnut St.), brings beloved modern classic Elf to the main stage with “Elf The Musical.” Featuring jolly costumes, dancing, and tunes, this heartwarming tale about Buddy the Elf runs from Friday, Dec.2-Sunday, Dec.18 and inspires all of us to accept our “inner elf. Performances take place
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., including an additional performance Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets.

Add some British pomp to your holidays with the Multiverse Theatre Collective’s (20 Commerce St.) “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” and “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley.” Taking place at the Pemberley estate, these Christmas-themed productions center around characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” runs from Friday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Nov. 27 and “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” takes place Friday, Dec. 9-Sunday, Dec. 18. Performances for both shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Get tickets.

The premiere of Attic Salt Theatre Company’s (2002 Riverside Dr.) production “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” by local playwright and director Rodney Smith, takes place from Friday, Dec. 9-Friday, Dec. 23. A parody of the 1964 film of the same name, the play follows the hijinks that result when the leader of Mars kidnaps Santa Claus to give Martian children their own Christmas. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and includes a special Christmas Eve matinee at 2:30 p.m. Get tickets.