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The Nutcraker

December Hot Date: Two Nutcrackers

The Nutcracker, performed by the National Ballet of Canada (photo by Bruce Zinger)

The Nutcracker, performed by the National Ballet of Canada (photo by Bruce Zinger)

OPENS DECEMBER 12 Let visions of sugarplum fairies dance through your head—and right before your eyes—in the annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker, brought to life by The National Ballet of Canada. The timeless story of siblings Misha and Marie navigating a dream world will enchant young and old alike. Tchaikovsky’s memorable score, paired with James Kudelka’s choreography and libretto and set against the backdrop of Santo Loquasto’s lush backdrops and costumes, creates a magical re-imagining of this classic 19th-century Russian tale. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, $33 to $121; call 416-345-9595 or visit the National Ballet’s website for times and tickets.

DECEMBER 12 & 13, 19 & 20 If you just can’t get enough sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers, this city hosts a second production of The Nutcracker, performed by the Toronto International Ballet Theatre with a global roster of special-guest dancers. Choreographed by Bolshoi-trained ballerina Tatiana Stepanova, this version seeks to pay tribute to the imperial beauty of the original Russian ballet. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, December 12 and 13; Cardinal Carter Theatre, December 19 and 20, $35 to $60; click here for further details and to buy tickets.

November Hot Date: The Rockettes and More

The Radio City RockettesNOVEMBER 16 TO 18 Tinsel, candy canes and stockings hung by the chimney with care can put anyone into the festive spirit, but they can’t compare to the epitome of holiday grandeur: the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The world-famous Rockettes are back for only five shows with the toe-tapping precision kick-line dancing that has made them international favourites. Be whisked away to Santa’s North Pole workshop, watch bears perform a rendition of the classic Nutcracker ballet, and marvel as the first Christmas is brought to life in this dazzling holiday extravaganza. Air Canada Centre, Monday 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 4 and 7:30 p.m., $30 to $84.50; call 416-870-8000 or click here for tickets.