"A Soldier's Christmas" will be performed at the Wallace Theatre on Fort Belvoir at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 17, and 18, and 2 p.m. December 18 & 19. Tickets are free.

The high-energy 60-minute musical includes a cast of U.S. Army Soldier Show alumni who will perform traditional Christmas carols as well as modern Christmas songs. The storyline focuses on the experience of Soldiers and their Families during the holiday season, but combines singing, dancing and humor with whimsical stage settings to create a joyous celebration of Christmas and the fun it brings.

The show will appeal to children as well as adults, encouraging them to sing along to familiar carols and enjoy the many theatrical surprises created by the sets and lighting.

"A Soldier's Christmas is for all ages," said director Nicole Coppinger. "It will touch your heart and make you sing along to your favorite Christmas carols."

The show is free; tickets can be picked up at the Fort Belvoir Community Center, Bldg. 1200, 10300 Taylor Road (off Belvoir Road, Pence Gate) or at the Army Entertainment Division, Bldg 1434, Suite 1, 6091 Jackson Loop, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

"We'll celebrate the Christmas season and remember those who are not always with us during this special holiday season," Coppinger said. "But the best reason to come is to see Santa.... he has promised to make an appearance!."

This will be one of the final opportunities for the Fort Belvoir Community to see Army Entertainment Soldiers perform on their installation; AED is moving to Fort Sam Houston, TX, in accordance with BRAC law next summer.

"The Belvoir community has been very supportive of AED over the years," Coppinger said. "This free performance is our chance to say 'thank you,'"

In the spirit of giving there will be a collection of canned goods in the lobby before each performance for distribution to local food banks.

For more information, visit www.armymwr.com.