When: Fri., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 17, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 18, 2 & 6 p.m. 2016
If you believe it's just not Christmas until you take in a performance of The Nutcracker, this is your week. Missouri Ballet Theatre presents its annual production of the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet. Watch as Clara receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from family friend Herr Drosselmeyer, and falls asleep dreaming of his his dashing adventures in a wintery wonderland of dancing dolls and malevolent rat kings. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday (December 16 to 18) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.edison.wustl.edu). Tickets are $40 to $60.