The Nutcracker. For 50 years, the Washington Ballet has performed The Nutcracker. Except it is set against 1782 Georgetown and stars George Washington as the nutcracker. Through Dec. 29, Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, (202) 783-4000,washingtonballet.org, $32-$112.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. You don't have to leave Baltimore to experience an authentic performance of the Nutcracker, just head over to the Hippodrome to catch a showing of this holiday classic. Dec. 21, noon, 4 p.m., and 8 p.m., Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, france-merrickpac.com, $38.70-$194.75.
The Nutcracker . Carroll County Dance Center's annual production of The Nutcracker. Dec. 15, 5 p.m., the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, (410) 356-7469,gordoncenter.com, $25.
The Nutcracker . Presented by Baltimore County Youth Ballet. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15, 3 p.m., Franklin High School, 12000 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, baltimorecountyyouthballet.com, $15.
The Nutcracker . Keep it local with this performance, a collaboration between the BSO and dance students at Baltimore School for the Arts. Dec. 20-22, the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 685-5086, lyricoperahouse.com, $38-$70.10.
The Nutcracker Ballet . Maryland Regional Ballet performs The Nutcracker Ballet with the help of a few guest members, including students and dancers from the Frederick School of Classical Ballet and New York City Ballet. Dec. 13 8 p.m., Dec. 14 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 15 2 p.m., Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 600-2828, weinbergcenter.org, $11-$25.