Lavish costumes and exuberant choreography mesmerize audiences in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s rendition of this holiday classic.

Take a trip with Clara to a magical world of dancing snowflakes, Spanish chocolate, and a dashing prince. From the Victorian-style party scene to the glittering Sugar Plum Fairy, it’s the traditional full-length ballet in two acts set to Tchaikovsky’s majestic score as performed live by the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra.

A holiday tradition since 1973, Westside Ballet’s Nutcracker is the longest running in Los Angeles history.

Kids 2 and under sit on Mom’s lap for free.

The Nutcracker will be performed at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St. Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Nov. 29 at 11 a.m., Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

All tickets are $40. Tickets can be purchased online at www.westsideballet.com, or by phone at (800) 595-4849.

– Submitted by Livia Squires