A wintry chill is in the air and you know what that means. The sights and sounds of Christmas aren't far behind. Whatever you're in the mood for, we've got you covered. For starters, how about 130 dancers, all on their toes?

THE NUTCRACKER

A party, a battle, and lots of snow. There's more to the world's most famous Christmas ballet, of course. But you'll be hard-pressed to find a youngster who doesn't delight in Tchaikovsky's adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman's fantasy story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." American Midwest Ballet brings the story to life on two different stages this season with more than 130 dancers and 250 costumes in two acts.

When: 2 p.m. Nov. 24

Where: The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs

Tickets: $22 to $53

Alternate performances: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Tickets: $27 to $87 Information: amballet.org

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Tiny Tim warms Scrooge again in the Omaha Community Playhouse's version of the Charles Dickens classic .

When: Through Dec. 23

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Tickets: $45 to $50

Information: 402-553-0800 or omahaplayhouse.com

ELF: THE MUSICAL

A musical adaptation of the 2003 movie about an elf who discovers everything is not as it appears.

When: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 23

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Tickets: $27 to $32

Information: rosetheater.org or 402-345-4849

CHRISTMAS AT UNION STATION

Local choral groups and school ensembles perform holiday music at the base of the Durham Museum's gigantic Christmas tree.

When: Nov. 30 through Dec. 22; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sundays; 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Where: The Durham Museum; 801 S. 10th St.

Admission: Included with regular admission, free for members

Information: 402-444-5071 or durhammuseum.org

MADRIGAL CHRISTMASSE FEASTE

In this Renaissance-style dinner theater presentation, the Lord and Lady of the Manor welcome guests for an evening of music and merriment. Presented by Ibsen Costume Gallery, the production features carols and madrigals, award-winning costumes and the antics of a beloved jester and wench.

When: Dec. 4 to 7. Warming hour, 6 p.m.; performance, 7 p.m.

Where: Regency Marriott Ballroom, 10220 Regency Circle

Admission: $62 per person, $55 groups of 10 or more

Information: 402-556-1400

THE GATHERING

Westside Church's annual Christmas pageant heralds the birth of Jesus in a message of hope and joy, told through song, video, dance and special effects.

When: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15; 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13

Where: Westside Church worship center, 15050 West Dodge Road

Admission: $5, $10 and $15

Tickets: 866-437-5266, www.westsidechristmas.org

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SERENADE: SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS

The Sarpy Serenaders team with the Bellevue West High School chorus and other area musicians for a holiday concert

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Bellevue West High School, 1501 Thurston Ave., Bellevue

Admission: Free

HOLIDAY UNDER GLASS

Choral music fills the glass atrium in Joslyn Art Museum's annual luncheon concert series. Optional tours of special exhibitions and the permanent collection follow each concert.

When: Noon to 12:45 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, Dec. 4 through Dec. 20. Limited lunch menu available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Admission: Free. For groups of 10 or more, call 402-661-3823 in advance to confirm space availability. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank for the Heartland.

Information: joslyn.org

CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus hosts the 24th annual Christmas at the Cathedral concert. The Lincoln Boys Choir will also perform.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 2 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St.

Admission: $20 to $30

Information: 531-600-8889, omahasymphonicchorus.org

JAZZ TO THE WORLD 10

The MasterSingers begin their 50th season with a concert of holiday classics.

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: First Central Congregational, 421 S. 36th St.

Tickets: $12

Information: www. mastersingersomaha.com

NUTCRACKER DELIGHTS

Local artist Julian Adair penned the script and choreographed this original ballet, set to Tchaikovsky's beloved score.

When and where: Dec. 6 to 8, Bellevue Little Theatre, 203 West Mission Ave., Bellevue; Dec. 13-15, Ralston Community Theatre, 8969 Park Drive, Ralston

Tickets: $18 online, $20 at the door

Information: 402-551-4200 or nutcrackerdelights.com

BRASS AND BELLS

River City Mixed Chorus performs holiday tunes accompanied by Lincoln's Plymouth Brass ensemble.

When: 7 p.m. Dec 6 and 7; 4 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St.

Admission: $15 to $30

Information: rcmc.org

JOYFUL NOISE: A GOSPEL CHRISTMAS

Omaha Performing Arts presents the Grammynominated Salem Baptist Church choir in an upbeat, choreographed performance of holiday classics and new music.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7; 4 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Admission: $15

DRUMLINE LIVE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

Motown, gospel, soul and jazz meet marching band.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Tickets: $20 to $45

PHYSICIANS MUTUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Broadway singers and dancers join the Omaha Symphony for a lively medley of holiday classics.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec 19 to 22; 2 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Tickets: $19 to $131

Information: omahasymphony.org

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

Mannheim Steamroller brings its 18th-century classical rock sound and multimedia effects to Omaha for two nights only.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Tickets:$38.25 to $78.25

Information: 402-345-0606 or ticketomaha.com

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