Miami City Ballet performs George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker." This holiday family performance features beautiful sets, lavish costumes, dazzling special effects and Tchaikovsky's glorious music. A large cast of children from South Florida perform with the company's stars. 7:30 p.m. Additional performances through Dec. 18. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Ziff Ballet Opera House, Miami. $20-$68. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.