A wooden nutcracker comes to life and takes a little girl named Clara (and the rest of us) on a magical adventure in Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker, performed here by the Houston Ballet. Dozens of fantasy characters, from King Rat and Snow Queen to the Sugar Plum Fairy and dancing dolls, take the stage during Stevenson’s holiday classic. The show, an annual tradition for many, is a highlight of Houston’s holiday season, and is enjoying its 26th anniversary this year.
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Performance dates and times vary. Through December 29. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For a full schedule, call 713‑227‑2787 or visit houstonballet.org. $40 to $125.
Fri., Nov. 29; Sat., Nov. 30; Sun., Dec. 1; Sat., Dec. 7; Sun., Dec. 8; Dec. 12-24; Thu., Dec. 26; Sat., Dec. 28; Sun., Dec. 29, 2013