The Miami City Ballet’s take on Balanchine’s The Nutcracker features all the toy characters and Tchaikovsky music audiences love and “The Waltz of the Snowflakes” number is as magical as you remember it. Though Dec. 24, tickets from $30, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722
You know the song: “I’m... dreaming... of a white... Christmas.” White Christmas is a classic Irving Berlin musical about two showbiz friends as they put on a production in a picturesque Vermont hotel. Dec. 25-30, tickets from $34, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722
Over-the-top costumes and hand-painted sets are just two of the elements that make the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker a favorite of audiences worldwide. Of course, the spectacular dancing doesn’t hurt either. Dec. 29, 3PM, tickets from $32, The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.7300
Salute to Vienna transports audiences to the European city with dancers from the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine, as well as the talents of soprano Katarzyna Dondalska and tenor Matjaz Stopinsek. Dec. 30, 8PM, tickets from $29, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722
Shopping for loved ones in the Miami Design District is an experience. Time it right and make sure to check out the stunning Bulgari Christmas tree on Palm Court, check out new stores like Reformation, Byredo and Boheme, and end your day with a meal at Swan or Kaido. And look up in the trees to see Donzie Kanu’s holiday installation of birdcages (through Jan. 2). Retail experiences don’t get better than this.
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