A show not to be missed this year is "The Little Match Girl," a new ballet from the Charleston Youth Dance Company of Charleston Dance Institute, with original music by UNED!TED's Laura Ball played by Chamber Music Charleston musicians. The ballet is an original work choreographed by Jonathan Tabbert, one of our wonderful local dancers who is training the next generation. These artists are all spectacular in their own right, so together, it should be a production to remember about the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale.

Plus, it will be a nice change from all those tutus in 'The Nutcracker" productions to satisfy those looking for a dance production.

The show is at the Rose Maree Myers Theater at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 adult, $10 child and are available at Ovationtix.com. The theater is in the Charleston County School of the Arts, 5109-B West Enterprise St. in North Charleston.

A Celtic Christmas

A different version of Christmas can be found with Na Fidleiri, Charleston's renowned Celtic fiddling ensemble, and the Taylor Festival Choir.

This year they are joining forces with the legendary Irish guitarist and singer John Doyle to present "A Celtic Christmas" at Grace Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Also featured will be baritone Brandon Hendrickson, soprano Kori Miller, fiddler/vocalist Karin McQuade and vocalist Kiri Taylor.

The evening will be led by co-directors Robert and Mary Taylor.

"A Celtic Christmas" is a Charleston favorite and features a mix of traditional holiday carols and instrumental jigs and reels. It also includes storytelling for the entire family.

The choir is so good that they have released a holiday CD called "Sing We Now of Christmas," and it will soon be featured on Sirius XM Radio Holiday Pops for the fourth year. (Hint: Christmas gift with local flair here.)

Tickets can be purchased at www.taylormusicgroup.net or at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $18; students $10.

Holiday Cabaret

If you are looking for something to do after the kids have gone to bed, or after one of the other extravaganzas this holiday season, check out Theatre Charleston's Cabaret Night.

This started last winter as a way to spotlight new and familiar faces, says Executive Director Emily Wilhoit.

The Holiday Cabaret on Saturday will feature some of Charleston's favorite voices performing classic holiday songs and modern favorites.

The audience may even be treated to a few scenes from current and upcoming productions. Set in the historic Footlight Players Theatre at 20 Queen St., the performance begins at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased on the Theatre Charleston website, www.theatrecharleston.com, or at the door.

Birds of a feather

And here's a call for entries that those of you that entered The Post and Courier's recent photo contest should consider: The Center for Birds of Prey is celebrating "Fantastic Feathers" with a photo contest designed to show off photographers' best avian shots.

It's a great time of year to photograph birds since the tree foliage is thinning. You need to submit an original photo that illustrates feathers and plumage in a unique and artful way.

Email a JPG or GIF file at least 2MB in size (no larger than 25MB) to photocontest@avianconservationc enter.org.

You have to be 18 or older. Entries are due by 4:59 p.m. Jan. 6. All submissions will be judged on the Center's Facebook page Jan. 7-Feb. 7, and the image with the most "likes" by the contest close will be declared the winner.

For full contest rules, visit the Center's Facebook page.

If you want to visit the center to see the magnificent birds up close, admission is $12 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 6-18) and free for children younger than six. Admission includes a guided tour and flight demonstrations.

Center hours are Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with tour times at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and flight demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org, call 971-7474 or "like" the Center for Birds of Prey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scbirdsofprey.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@postandcourier.com.