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Plenty of holiday entertainment on tap in December in The Villages

Alex Santoriello has performed “Carols By Candlelight” in The Villages for the past seven years.
One thing this Broadway stage veteran knows for sure: you’ve got to have elves in your Christmas show.
“Elves are critical to Christmas; what’s Santa going to do without elves”? asked Santoriello.
He stars and directs “Candles By Candlelight,” Saturday through Monday in Savannah Center.
It features popular local performers Dawn DiNome and Mary Jo Vitale.  The annual songfest has raised over $100,000 for the Rotary Club of The Villages, Santoriello said.

Alex Santoriello and Mary Jo Vitale will perform in ‘Carols by Candlelight’.

Santoriello added there are about 10 elves in this year’s production and one Santa, fresh from an unexpected trip to the hospital. Joe Marotta is doing fine now and will appear with his wife –Bobbie Steele Marotta – in the production.

Bobbi Steele-Marotta gets some help from the elves.

“We need Joe – and Bobbi, too,” Santoriello said. “Joe’s feeling a lot better and we’re glad to have him back.”

The coming weeks are filled with Christmas songs and stage presentations throughout The Villages.

The list includes:
“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in Savannah Center. It’s a tribute to the Andy Williams’ Christmas specials and features Sue Schuler, along with local singers and dancers.
“Nashville Country Christmas,” Dec. 17 at 4 and 7 p.m. in Savannah Center. Santa gets down with country music.
“Holly Dolly Christmas,” Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in Savannah Center. Country singer Katie Deal offers her holiday tribute to Dolly Parton.

“Holiday Dreams” with Holiday Cirque, Dec. 1 at 4 and 7 p.m. in The Sharon.
“Christmas with the Celts,” Dec. 6 at 3 and 7 p.m. in The Sharon.
“The Nutcracker,” Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in The Sharon.
“Marie Osmond: An Orchestral Christmas,” Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in The Sharon.

“VPO: Holiday Celebration,” Dec. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in The Sharon.

For those willing to take a short ride, the Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 SE 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, 32195. Here are some of the holiday shows:
“A Rockin’ Little Christmas” featuring the Opry Band, runs Friday nights at 7, from Dec. 1 until Dec. 22. Matinees will be held Dec. 3 and 17 at 2:30 p.m.
“Christmas with the Nelsons,” Dec. 9 at 2:30 and 7 p.m. The show features Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, twin sons of famed singer Rick Nelson. They share memories of Christmas past with the 1950s and ‘60s’ TV family: Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson.  

“The Buzzcatz Holly Jolly Christmas,” Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The rollicking Orlando party band celebrates the holiday.

“The Lettermen,” Dec. 16 at 2:30 and 7 p.m. The legendary harmony group is back again.

Tony Violanti covers music and entertainment for Villages-News.com. He was inducted into The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a music journalist.

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