There is a persistent belief that if you don't see at least one production of The Nutcracker during the holiday season, you're not really living your best life. If you've thus far forgotten to do your Christmas duty, you have one more shot thanks to the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. This lavish production features gorgeous Victorian costumes and a host of special effects that include an artificial owl that flaps its wings and a magnificent Christmas tree that grows right before your eyes. This Nutcracker also features characters from Russian folktales, such as Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Ded Moroz (Father Christmas). The Moscow Ballet performs its Great Russian Nutcracker at 3 and 7 p.m. today at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com). Tickets are $31.50 to $133.50.