Carrboros ArtsCenter offers a rather different look at the holiday season with A Civil War Christmas. Set on Christmas Eve in 1864, this play with music weaves together stories of war-weary Union and Confederate soldiers, runaway slaves and historical figures from President Lincoln to Walt Whitman. A particularly moving scene is the soldiers vain search for a Christmas tree on the scarred, barren battlefields. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through Dec. 22). $10-$16. artscenterlive.org.
• North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theater is staging a new entry into the Triangle’s holiday theater choices with “Miracle on 34th Street,” based on the classic 1947 film about the department store Santa who says he’s the real thing. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through Dec. 22). $10-$15. nract.org.