Arts & Performance

Nutcracker Ballet

Enjoy a famed holiday tradition. Presented by the Continental Ballet Co., this perennial favorite will delight children and adults alike. $13–$25. Times vary. Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington; 952.563.8562; continentalballet.com

Northrop Presents Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

Experience the thrill and grace of the Shanghai Ballet in this production, blending classical ballet and Chinese folk style. The story centers on two young classmates, Liang and Zhu. As the pair falls in love, they face disapproval from their families and community. The lively dancing, combined with spectacular costumes and sets, makes this a performance to remember. $42–$70. 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.339.7007; hennepintheatretrust.org

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Dewdney’s beloved character Llama Llama is back and getting into the Christmas spirit just like any youngster. This family-friendly production is fun for all ages. $15; prices may vary. Check website for showtimes. Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins; 952.979.1111; stagestheatre.org

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