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By Chris Murphy

It’s the holiday season and it is going strong. After the dark stages of 2020, there are so many things to choose from, from a spoken word T’was the Night Before Christmas, the ever-popular Nutcracker, there is something that will truly entertain everyone of all ages.

One of the more interesting presentations is the Prospect Theatre’s annual Holiday Radio Cavalcade. This is a traditional radio show, brought to life with sound effects and everything. This season you can experience HOLIDAY AFFAIR by Isobel Lennart & John D. Weaver. It’s the story of a young war-widow and her son who meet a stranger at a toy store, which sets the stage for a spirited competition for the lady’s affection. Prospect performances require proof of vaccination.
December 11 7:30 pm Tix and info at

The Gallo Center is hosting some of Modesto’s favorites. The lobby is decorated, the sugar plums are dancing and the audience is back. The Central West Ballet Nutcracker is back, along with favorites like the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert. A special treat will be Opera Modesto’s Roy Stevens narrating the Night Before Christmas at the beginning of the Pops concert. The Gallo Center Repertory Company presents All Is Calm, a Christmastime musical set during World War I that shows what humanity and friendship there can be during wartime.

Dec 3-4 MSO Holiday Pops
Dec 8-19 The Nutcracker
Dec 10-12 All Is Calm
Dec 14 Windham Hill Solstace
Dec 17 Opus Handbell Concert
Dec 19 Christmas Eve in Mexico
Dec 21 Dave Koz Christmas
Gallo Center shows require proof of vaccination.

Turlock Community Theatre is presenting an Irish Christmas on December 1st. They have also have a new concert season that includes favorites like Lewis Black, The Price is Right, Jake Shimabukuro , Steve Vai, the Temptations and more. Check it out at

The 13th Annual New Year’s Poetry Challenge will begin on December 15th. Get a prompt a day via email to write out the old year and write in the new! If you’d like to join, please email<> to receive a prompt a day for 30 days. It’s all for fun and to keep poetry swirling through the winter. This is free and anyone can join no matter age or experience. Get your typewriter ready!

Around the World in 80 Minutes
Opera Modesto will take you on a global musical tour at the Prospect Theatre with beautiful stylings. You can also order some special cookies to enjoy as well.
Get tix at

Dance for the Holidays
Join the Strut Dance Company for an ingenious musical stage production fashioned to remind us of what the authentic significance of gift giving really means during this season we call Christmas! This shows are amazing and the songs and jingles will bring back many holiday memories.
December 17, 18, & 19
State Theatre

Ole Blue Eyes is Back for Christmas
This fantastic free community show has become a season opening holiday tradition at the State Theatre. Matt “Sinatra” Henderson and his pals David & David Halverson, Ann Kline bring back the golden era of The Rat Pack with an afternoon of classic Christmas and Crooner tunes. Ring in the holiday season as local talent performs center stage!
State Theatre
December 2 @ 2 pm Doors at 1
Admission is FREE

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.