As holiday tradition goes, seeing The Nutcracker is up there with tree trimming, eggnog sipping, and passive-aggressive dinner conversation with your hyperultraconservative uncle. The Robert Joffrey-choreographed version—which relocates the action to 19th-century America—is being performed for the 26th year and features more than 100 dancers from the area dancing alongside Joffrey Ballet company. $31-$132
Beehive Chicago is having its first-ever holiday market! Browse 8,000 square feet of vintage wonderland, including guest vendors and a gourmet hot-chocolate bar. Free admission, and free street parking. Located at 2958 W. Carroll Ave, on the NE corner of Sacramento Blvd. Saturday, December 7th from 10 AM – 5 PM. Click here for more info.
We just need to admit that the month of December is about sloth and gluttony and getting fat. At the Tasting Table Open Market, 30 chefs from spots like Nellcote and Bang Bang! Pie will be on hand to feed you, while tomorrow 40 artisans will sell you special treats to take home and, uh, give as gifts. $8, $5 in advance, $30/$35 VIPhttp://tastingtable.com
Stephane Deneve, conductor; Gerard McBurney, creative director (Berlioz).
River North Dance Company and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago alumna Lizzie Mackenzie choreographed this performance based on Brené Brown's 2010 TED Talk. $20http://chicagodancecrash.com
A showcase of local choral groups and an audience sing-along.
A couple spending their first Christmas together show each other their favorite holiday traditions in this comedy written by Brian Duff and Matt Young. $15
4 Days Late Productions presents a behind-the-scenes story about a company attempting to create a satirical holiday radio show. $20http://4dayslate.com
Shakespeare meets Star Wars in this retelling of Macbeth, complete with choreographed lightsaber battles. $15http://edgeoforion.com
Clint Sheffer presents two new one-act dark comedies. $10