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Celebrate the holiday season with the timeless tale of "The Nutcracker."

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Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker

See a larger-than-life holiday tradition that includes whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries, massive sets, and live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

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Date: Now through December 24

Time: Times vary by date

Location: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St., Denver

Cost: $30 and up

Website: coloradoballet.org

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Littleton Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker

See the traditional holiday performance featuring a cast of over 150 children, pre-professional dancers, and professional guest artists. Colorado Ballet principal dancer Dana Benton and soloist Francisco Estevez will be performing in the evening shows on Fri. and Sat.

Date: December 2-4

Time: Times vary by date

Location: The Theater at Colorado Heights University, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver

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Cost: $20-$32

Website: littletonyouthballet.org/the-nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Enjoy a performance of this holiday favorite suitable for the entire family, by the International Youth Ballet.

Date: December 2-3

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Time: Times vary by date

Location: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver, University and Iliff, Denver

Cost: $30

Website: internationalballetschool.net

The Nutcracker

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Enjoy a holiday tradition with a cast of more than 80 professional and student dancers, along with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

Date: December 3-4

Time: Times vary by date

Location: Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont

Cost: call 303-772-5796

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Website: boulderballet.org

Great Russian Nutcracker

Experience the dancing of a company of almost 40, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, and handmade costumes. The production is known for its dedication to world peace, naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a rose-shooting cannon and a 2-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20-foot wingspan.

Date: December 9-10

Time: Times vary by date

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Location: Paramount Theatre, 1612 Glenarm Pl., Denver

Cost: $30 and up

Website: nutcracker.com/buy-tickets

The Nutcracker

Enjoy the Colorado Conservatory of Dance’s family-friendly performance at which children from the audience get to come onstage after the show to learn choreography.

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Date: December 10-11 and 17-18

Time: Times vary by date

Location: Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave., Denver

Cost: $22-$42

Website: ccdance.org

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Ballet Ariel’s Nutcracker

See the enchanting holiday tale of a young girl who dreams of a courageous Nutcracker prince.

Date: December 10-23

Time: Times vary by date

Location: Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood

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Cost: $35 adult, $30 student/senior, $25 child

Website: lakewood.org/tickets

The Nutcracker of Parker

See the Colorado School of Dance’s 12th anniversary production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic.

Date: December 15-18

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Time: Times vary by date

Location: PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker

Cost: $22-$27

Website: parkerarts.org

A Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker

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Enjoy a special version of the traditional favorite for individuals with sensory needs. Sound levels will be adjusted, house lights left up, and attendees can stand up and walk around as needed.

Date: December 16

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave., Denver

Cost: $10, free for guest of honor

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Website: ccdance.org

The Nutcracker

See the classic holiday tale performed by the Classical Ballet of Colorado.

Date: December 17

Time: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Location: The Theater at Colorado Heights University, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver

Cost: $30 adult, $25 child and senior

Website: classicalballetofcolorado.com

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