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    • THE NUTCRACKER AT THE SMITH CENTER

      Catch the final 2016 performances of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s annual holiday production, featuring the classic Tchaikovsky score and choreography by NBT director James Canfield. A ticket also gets you admission to the Nutcracker Wonderland in Troesh Theatre an hour before the play, complete with holiday scenery for selfies and a live reading of The Nutcracker. December 21-24, times vary, $29-$179. –Rosalie Spear

    • CONTINENTAL TIRE LAS VEGAS CLASSIC AT ORLEANS ARENA

      Vegas hoops heads know: Before emptying that stocking or lighting that Menorah, one must cheer oneself hoarse for two days watching eight college teams—USC, Missouri State, DePaul, Wyoming, Troy, Cornell, Chicago State and Southeast Missouri State—for this to qualify as a truly happy season. December 22 & 23, times vary, $27-$101. –Spencer Patterson

    • SQUIDMAS SPECTACULAR AT HARD ROCK LIVE

      Label Squidhat Records hosts a night of punk-rock mayhem, featuring performances by burlesque dancers Kalani Kokonuts and Tana the Tattooed Lady, Rat Pack tribute band Franks & Deans and The Quitters playing new holiday EP Tiz the Season. You might end up on the naughty list, but it’ll be worth it. December 23, 8 p.m., free. –Leslie Ventura.

    • A VERY MERRY SAME SEX MARY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR AT BUNKHOUSE SALOON

      ’Twas two nights before Christmas, when all through the (Bunk)house, all the creatures were stirring … to see more than 50 local musicians, artists and performers gathered for a holiday extravaganza hosted by Vegas rock band Same Sex Mary. That’s what’s happening at the Downtown venue—a one-night-only Christmas experience produced by Cirque du Soleil’s Aaron Guidry and written by local musician and theater director Bryan Todd. “We’re really reaching out across different artistic spectrums in the community,” says Same Sex Mary’s Tsvetelina Stefanova. The play-meets-concert will be a follow-up of sorts to SSM’s 2015 album release and theatrical performance, and tells the tale of Scrooge-like character Mary, the CEO of MarySoft Corp. “The last show was so well-received, it would be dumb for us to just never even attempt it again,” frontman James Adams adds. “Will this one be as great? I sure hope so, because we put a whole lot of work into it.” Stefanova promises, “It’s going to be much more grandiose.” Though most details are being kept under wraps, the event will also serve as a fundraiser for Three Square Food Bank and will feature additional Cirque performers, the Dusty Sunshine Carolers and other music-scene mainstays—along with free cookies at the door. $10. December 23, 9 p.m. –Leslie Ventura

    • DATE SKATE AT COSMOPOLITAN ICE RINK

      Christmas comes Sunday, but holiday spirit can transcend the weekend. Grab a friend or significant other or meet someone new at the Cosmo’s final Date Skate event of the year, with two classic holiday movies screening on the Strip-side digital marquee: A Christmas Story at 6 p.m. followed by Elf at 9. $10-$20 (includes skates). December 26, 6 p.m. –Rosalie Spear

    • JERRY SEINFELD AT THE COLOSSEUM

      What’s the deal with Jerry Seinfeld? The hyphenate comic is coming to Caesars Palace a scant three days after Festivus, and at a strange cultural moment for his Bee Movie. For some inexplicable reason, stunt versions of the 2007 animated film are proliferating on YouTube. One version, by YouTube user Avoid at All Costs, speeds up the film every time the word “bee” is uttered. It has racked up 14 million views in a month. Another YouTube user, Maple ASMR, whispers the entire Bee Movie script in your ear—nearly 50,000 views in just one week. Will Seinfeld talk about his unbidden ascension to King Bee of the Internet? Perhaps. More likely, he’ll make some wry observations about the people, objects and situations we encounter in the course of an average day. Maybe bash Trump a bit. December 26 & 27, $83-$165. –Geoff Carter

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