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Get Nutted: Your Guide to the Nutcracker

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This town has gone nuts! It is officially Nutcracker season in Houston! The Houston Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's renowned ballet is a holiday staple, but HB isn't the only toe shoe in town. The city and surrounding areas are filled with places to catch the evil Mouse King and the lovely Sugarplum Fairy, and we've got your comprehensive guide of where to find them all.

The Houston Ballet at the Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas, Houston, through December 27. The crème de la crème of The Nutcracker performances. If you are looking for a stunning rendition, HB takes the cake.

The Festival Ballet at LJI Forum Theater, 100 Oyster Creek Dr. Lake Jackson, December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you live over in the Lake Jackson area, this might be your best bet. In addition to the performance, you and your kids can stand next to a Sugar Plum, shake hands with The Mouse King and waltz with a Snowflake, all happening pre-show in the lobby.

BalletForte, Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash, Stafford, December 9-11, various times. This Stafford-area performance is accompanied by the BalletForte Orchestra.

Houston Repertoire Ballet, Tomball High School Auditorium, 30330 Quinn, Tomball, December 10 and 11, various times. An annual tradition in Northwest Harris County, and this year's production features guest artists from two of the world's premier ballet companies -- Jared Matthews, soloist with New York's American Ballet Theatre, and Karina Gonzalez, a soloist with the Houston Ballet.

Nutcracker Afternoon Tea, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, December 10 at 1 p.m. Along with your ticket to the performance, your little ballerinas can enjoy tea-time fare of finger sandwiches, cookies, punch and, of course, tea!

Claire School of Dance, St. John's School, Lowe Theatre, 2401 Claremont, Houston, December 11 at 2 p.m. It's The Nutcracker in the big city. "New York Nutcracker" takes the music from Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, adds a dash of the swinging Duke Ellington and a hint of Ella Fitzgerald, set in the Plaza Hotel in 1950s New York.

San Francisco Ballet, Studio Movie Grill City Centre, 805 Town & Country Lane, December 11 and 18, 2 p.m. Live in HD. See the famed company's rendition on the big screen.

George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet, Houston Marq*E Stadium 22, 7620 Katy Freeway, Houston, December 13 at 5 p.m. The New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center present George Balanchine's The Nutcracker live in movie theaters nationwide for a special one-night event.

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