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Boston’s arts scene shines at this time of year.

Sure, you can cop free Bosstones tickets or see Street Dogs wreck the holiday halls. But for something a little more–ahem–refined, read on.

The Christmas Revels

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Step into Sanders Theatre in Cambridge and you’ll be stepping back in time to Renaissance Venice, the setting for this year’s celebration of the winter solstice. As with every Christmas Revels performance, period song, dance, and tradition are combined for a uniquely unforgettable performance. Revels Music Director Megan Henderson sat down with me for a preview of this years show. Get your tickets here.

The Holiday Pops

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The Boston Pops know a thing or two about spreading holiday cheer. Their Holiday Pops performances have been mixing seasonal favorites, sing-alongs, and their signature Pops style into a cheerful holiday brew since 1973. And it’s a fantastic tradition for families, as their Kids Matinee performances are a bit shorter, with no intermission, and a visit from a certain red-clad gentleman. Get your tickets here.

The Nutcracker

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Aside from the Pops, The Nutcracker is likely Boston’s most beloved holiday tradition, when it comes to enthusiasts of the arts. Choreographer Mikko Nissinen, Set and Costume Designer Robert Perdziola, and Lighting Designer Mikki Kunttu create a world that is both elegant and ethereal for Boston Ballet’s gifted dancers to bring Tchaikovski’s work of art to life. This production of The Nutcracker is simply enthralling. Get your tickets here.

The Urban Nutcracker

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Now more than ever, the values of inclusion, community, and diversity need to be woven tightly into the fabric of America. The Tony Williams Dance Center’s production of The Urban Nutcracker uses these themes as a foundation and creates something fresh and amazing from the well-known and loved story. Get your tickets here.