ATLANTA BALLET'S NUTCRACKER A holiday tradition with new surprises, the Atlanta Ballet performs the dance classic choreographed by John McFall. The production brings 19th-century Russia to the stage. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. Dec. 1-24. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. only. $20-$50. 404-817-8700.
CORE PERFORMANCE CO. The company joins students in the Rising Stars Creative Arts Program to present dance showcases. Several Dancers Core Studios, 519 N. McDonough St., Decatur. Dec. 5. 3:30 p.m. 404-373-4154.
THE NUTCRACKER KENNESAW STYLE The Kennesaw Dance Troupe presents its version of the holiday classic, setting the dance during the Civil War. Southern Polytechnic State University, 1100 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Dec. 1-2. Fri. 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $10-$12. 770-424-6153.
WHICHEVER DOOR I MIGHT OPEN Full Radius Dance presents the dance program about the choices people make and the paths they take. Works include "Temple of Dreams, "Reconciliation, "I Am... and "By Passion Driven. 7Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. Dec. 1-2. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat 3 and 8 p.m. $8-$12. 404-724-9663.
ATLANTA COMMUNITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The orchestra performs an all-Bach program featuring Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, Passacaglia e Fuga in C Minor and more. Riverwood High School Auditorium, 5900 Heards Drive, Sandy Springs. Dec. 3. 3 p.m. 404-872-9670.
THE ATLANTA FEMINIST WOMEN'S CHORUS The chorus performs the holiday concert, "December Lights, with a culturally diverse selection of music. Dec. 2 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, and Dec. 9 at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave. 8 p.m. $13-20. 404-298-5050.
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Conductor Charles Floyd and the ASO team up with the All-Atlanta Chorus to perform the holiday program, "Gospel Christmas. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. $12-$34. 404-733-5000.
THE COBB SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Director Steven Byess and the orchestra are joined by The Georgia Festival Chorus, KSU's Georgia Young Singers and the Kirk Ringers handbell choir to perform the holiday concert. Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul in Marietta. Dec. 3. 8 p.m. $14-21. 770-423-6650.
THE FLUTE CHOIR OF ATLANTA The choir performs its winter concert with guest soloist Michael McClary. Featured works include selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Hertel's Concerto for Trumpet No. 2, and Vivaldi's Winter. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. Dec. 1. 8 p.m. $3-$5. 770-751-1501.
THE MICHAEL O'NEAL SINGERS The chorus performs traditional carols and selections from the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. Dec. 1. 8 p.m. $12-$15. 770-594-7974.
SPELMAN/MOREHOUSE CHRISTMAS CONCERT The 74th annual Christmas Carol Concert features holiday performances by students from the Spelman and Morehouse Glee Clubs. Fri. and Sun. at Morehouse's King Chapel, off of Westview Drive, and Sat. at Spelman's Sisters Chapel, off of Spelman Lane and Chapel St. Dec. 1-3. 8 p.m. 404-223-1482.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Newnan Community Theatre Co. presents its 20th anniversary production of the Christmas classic. 24 1st Ave., Newnan. Dec. 1-16. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. $6-$8. 770-251-NCTC.
BETHLEHEM INN Smyrna 1st Players present the holiday play in a dinner theater setting. First United Methodist Church of Smyrna, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna. Dec. 2. 7 p.m. $7.50-$12.50. 770-436-4108 ext. 230.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S DRALION The big-top show combines the ancient Chinese acrobatic tradition with Cirque's avant-garde approach to circus performances. Acts include the Ballet on Lights, hoop diving, double trapeze and more. Turner Field Green Parking Lot on Hank Aaron Drive. Nov. 30-Dec. 21 and Jan. 4-Jan. 14. Tues.-Wed. 8 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. 5 and 9 p.m., Sat. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun. 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 19-20 at 5 and 9 p.m. $26.75-$60. 800-678-5440.
DISAPPEARED Synchronicity Performance Group presents a reading of Phyllis Nagy's play about an unfulfilled woman who gets what seems like the offer of a lifetime. Actor's Express at King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. Dec. 5. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation. 404-284-1151.
HOLIDAY ON THIN ICE PushPush Theater presents a series of short plays offering an alternative to the usual holiday theater fare. Featured shorts include "Pig, "Turkey or Ham, "He KNOWS, "The Gift of the Magpie, "Baby, Jesus! and more. 1123 Zonolite Road. Dec. 1-23 and 25-31. Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. $10-$15. 404-892-7876.