There are plenty of “Nutcracker” performances around the holiday season. One is by Colorado Ballet, which has tickets remaining for some dates, but we recall that it was completely sold out last year. Check coloradoballet.org if you’re wanting to see this. Also, Littleton Ballet Academy will perform “The Nutcracker” at the Joanna Ramsey Theatre, 6933 Raleigh St., Westminster: Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.; Dec 21 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 22 at noon and 4 p.m. Tickets, $20-$26. LittletonYouthBallet.org, 303-794-6694.
Englewood Arts Presents
Chamber Music of the Masters: 2 p.m. on Dec. 14, “Silver for the Holidays.” Cellist Silver Ainomae, Joshua Sawicki, piano, Colorady Symphony musicians. Hampden Hall, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Tickets: $25/$20; 18 and under free. 303-806-8196.
“A Hudson Christmas” offers a walk through brightly lit trees, with musical background, cocoa — and probably snow. Most nights until Christmas. HudsonGardens.org for tickets and details.
Own an Original
The “Own an Original” show continues through December at the Littleton Museum, 6038 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Free during museum hours. “Near and Far,’ paintings by Julia Grundmeier and photographs by Carl Paulson, runs through December at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., just west of the museum in Littleton. Visit both!
The Roxborough Arts Council’s gallery at Aspen Grove is a fine spot for holiday shopping — buy an original artwork or a set of special lessons for someone … 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. 720-724-5730, roxartscouncil.org.
Stories on Stage offers its annual holiday performance with actor Jamie Horton returning to read at 1:30 p.m. at the King Center, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver. Tickets, $18-$25, 303-494-0523, storiesonstage.org.
“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” is a quirky offering by the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver, Dec. 6 through 28 at 7:30 Friday and Saturday evenings. Adaptation of the 1964 cult film. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door, BugTheatre.org.
Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, offers “Instructor’s Showcase” for the holidays. Admission free. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. 303-797-1779.
Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St. in Littleton, will show “Miracle on 34th Street” at 2 p.m. on Dec. 28. Free.
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