As December 25 draws ever closer, what better way to lift your holiday spirit than by attending a performance of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker? Our thoughts exactly, which is why we rounded up five venues across Los Angeles to watch sugarplum fairies, the Mouse King, and toy companions come to life like never before:

Christmas With Gustavo
Walt Disney Concert Hall
December 12-15
Celebrated music director and conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic, along with the LA Children’s Chorus, in this beloved holiday staple.

Los Angeles Ballet
Royce Hall
Opens December 21
Join our city’s own professional ballet company as they present their rendition of the Christmas classic.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
The Wiltern
December 15
A night that promises to bring the grandeur of Russian culture and Northern American holiday tradition to the stage.

Pacific Festival Ballet Company
Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks
December 21 – 22
A cast of over 100 costumed dancers light up the stage as you journey from the enchanted snow forest to the magical kingdom of the Sweets.

Marat Daukayev Ballet
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
December 14 – 15
Marat Daukayev, former star of the Kirov Ballet, stars as Uncle Drosselmeyer in this children’s production that brings the joys of live theater and ballet to those who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to experience it.

Feeling left out? Lyric sheets are provided at the following events:

Los Angeles Philharmonic: Holiday Sing-Along
Walt Disney Concert Hall
December 21
Special guest Julie Andrews will be joining this annual sold-out concert to recite holiday poems.

The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along
The Music Center Plaza, DTLA
December 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
As you gather with loved ones and sip hot cocoa, live accompaniment will join you for this one special night under the stars.