December is that time of year when you reunite with friends and relatives you haven’t seen in a while. This gives you a great chance to catch up with them, but there’s only so long that you can talk about an aunt’s new job or a nephew’s plans after college. If you’re looking for other things to do to pass the time with them, or even if you’re just looking to get out of the house and into the holiday spirit, check out the holiday events in Cambridge and Boston.
Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston
Dec. 11-24, 1:00, 5:30, and 7:30 p.m.
If you think of Christmas stories, what comes to mind? A Christmas Carol, maybe, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas. But another classic you can’t forget is The Nutcracker. Come December, this ballet reigns supreme on the stage, and for me, it’s an essential part of the holiday season.
The Boston Ballet will be performing this tale through Christmas Eve, with Tchaikovsky’s iconic music to accompany the dancing. If you want beautiful, colorful costumes and sets and dancing that tells an enchanting tale, The Nutcracker is the perfect holiday event for you.
John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St., Boston
Dec. 12-28, 10:00 a.m., 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:30 p.m.
If you’re looking for a more contemporary take on the classic 19th century tale of The Nutcracker, check out Tony William’s Urban Nutcracker. This performance is native to Boston and is now in its 13th season. It uses a score that fuses Tchaikovsky’s iconic, classic music with Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation of it.
While the typical Nutcracker is a ballet performance, Urban Nutcracker combines that with tap, hip hop, swing, flamenco, step, jazz, traditional Chinese, and modern dance. The production is a way to celebrate and enhance community multiculturalism through dance. In a story that already celebrates imagination and the holiday spirit, this modern update also rejoices in diversity and the Boston community.