“The Nutcracker” at Blessed Trinity
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre presents its version of Tchaikovsky's ballet. Expect all of the endearing characters from Mother Ginger and the dancing Candy Canes to the Arabians and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A special afternoon tea event takes place before the Dec. 18 matinee when guests can meet the dancers. The Michael O’Neal Singers will provide vocal accompaniment during each of the performances, except the 2 p.m. show Dec. 19.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18; 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 19. $15-$25. Blessed Trinity, 11340 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 678-297-2800, www.metropolitanballet.org.
Main Street Sessions at Dean’s Store
The Main Street Sessions events, which have been taking place for the past four years, feature appearances by local authors, theater groups and musicians on the third Saturday of each month. For December, it’s an old-fashioned Christmas celebration. Kids can listen to live readings of Christmas stories and munch on seasonal treats. Santa Claus himself is scheduled to make an appearance. It all takes place inside the historic Dean’s Store, which opened as a pharmacy in 1906. Today it serves as Woodstock’s Visitors Center, but it still houses artifacts including unsold stock, journals and a life-size cut-out of Dr. Will Dean, the store’s founder.
1 p.m. Dec. 18. Free. Dean’s Store, 8588 Main St., Woodstock. 770-924-0406, www.oldetownewoodstock.com.