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First Friday gets in the holiday spirit this December

Ultimate preview: Catch Nevada Ballet Theatre’s selections from The Nutcracker at Frist Friday.
Virgina Trudeau

First Friday might as well be decking the Downtown streets with boughs of holly, as the monthly arts and culture fest is getting in the holiday spirit for December’s installment. The festival’s Welcome Tent will be turned into the “Nutcracker Suite” for the night, with Nevada Ballet Theatre performing selections from the classic Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. Art Square’s parking lot will also be transformed, into a wintry “enchanted forest.” If festivalgoers want in on the creative process (and the yuletide fun), they can join First Friday’s community art project and make ornaments on-site for the forest trees.

In addition to the indie and punk bands usually heard while walking through the Arts District event, Sin City Opera will be roaming the festival grounds, dressed as traditional carolers and singing holiday favorites (here’s hoping they’re familiar with Sufjan Stevens’ Songs for Christmas). Attendees are encouraged to keep their holiday shopping lists in mind, as locally made art and crafts can be bought at the Bazaar—a pop-up of more than 40 vendors at Casino Center and California—and throughout the festival grounds at 18b’s galleries.

Rounding out the holiday cheer are, you guessed it, photos with Old Saint Nick. Find out if your kid made the nice or naughty list, as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photo ops at First Friday’s KidZone, located at Casino Center and Colorado. First Friday this December? It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

First Friday December 6, 5 p.m.-midnight, free entry.

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