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]Mark Foehringer’s family favorite “Nutcracker Sweets” comes to Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater. (Courtesy photo)

Toe shoes are on for the season’s festivities, with “Nutcrackers” galore, and other Christmas favorites, too.

Nutz Re-Mixed!: Tandy Beal’s dazzling family show, called a “Nutcracker for the 21st century,” features music by the a cappella ensemble SoVoSo. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 4, $25-$65. Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, www.NutzReMixed.com

Peninsula Youth Ballet: Ayako Takahashi directs the troupe in its 20th annual “Nutcracker.” Separate $10 tickets may be purchased for post-performance tea parties. 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 26, 2 p.m. Nov. 27, $25-$45. San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St., San Mateo, www.pyb.org

The Velveteen Rabbit: For the 30th year, ODC/Dance presents its adaptation of the children’s book. A milk-and-cookies party, which requires a separate $12 ticket, follows the Nov. 29 show. Nov. 25-Dec. 11, $19-$75. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, www.odcdance.org/velveteenrabbit

Pacific Ballet Academy: Under the direction of Marion and Rima Chaeff, PBA dancers perform the school’s 26th annual “Nutcracker.” 1 and 6 p.m. Nov. 25-26, 12:30 and 4 p.m. Nov. 27, $26-$30. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

Ballet Joyeux: The Walnut Creek-based troupe presents “Once Upon a Christmas,” a holiday ballet with Santa, his elves and the toys in his workshop. 11 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec.3, $27. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, www.lesherartscenter.org

Ballet America Nutcracker: The full-length production for families features dozens of local dancers twirling alongside professionals. 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 4. $22-$39, Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, www.foxrwc.com

Western Ballet: The Mountain View-based school’s “Nutcracker” is a tradition for families. 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 1 p.m. Dec. 4, $28-$33. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

San Francisco Youth Ballet: Dancers from the youth troupe are joined by dancers across the state in the group’s 15th full-length “Nutcracker.” 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3-4. $24-$26. Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave., S.F., www.sanfranciscoyouthballet.org

Presidio Dance Theater
: The show includes “Nutcracker” excerpts and dances celebrating winter traditions from across cultures. 2 p.m., Dec. 4, $40-$100. Herbst Theatre,401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Dancers Repertory Theatre: “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” featuring more than 150 dancers ages 5-16, is based on the poem by Clement C. Moore. 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 10-11, $15-$25. Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside, www.twasthenight.org

Smuin ballet: The 2016 edition of “The Christmas Ballet” includes new choreography from Smuin choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert and dancers Nicole Haskins, Rex Wheeler and Ben Needham-Wood. Dec. 7-11, $25-$89. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View; also Dec. 15-24 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.smuinballet.org

City Ballet School: The “Nutcracker” production features students performing choreography by Galina Alexandrova, a former dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 10, 1 p.m. Dec. 11, $40. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Dance-Along Nutcracker: The theme of the 2016 festive participatory event is “The Fantastic Adventures of Captain Nutcracker.” 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 11, $18-$30. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F., www.ybca.org

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets: The colorful family-oriented 50-minute rendition of the seasonal ballet has a contemporary twist and live chamber music accompaniment. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 10-11, Dec. 19-20, plus 4 p.m. Dec.17-18, $21-$31. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., (800) 838-3006, nutcrackersweets.org

San Francisco Ballet: For 70 years, The City’s premier ballet company stages its lavish production, the longest-running “Nutcracker” in America. Dec. 10-29, $25-$498. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfballet.org

The San José Nutcracker: New Ballet School stages the classical holiday ballet unique to San Jose, presented in partnership with History San Jose, 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 23, 2 p.m. Dec. 17-18 and Dec. 24, $20-$38.50. Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, www.sanjosenutcracker.com

Peninsula Ballet Theatre: The troupe premieres “Hip Hop Nutcracker,” a new twist on the classic. 7 p.m. Dec. 16, $40. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. Mateo, www.peninsulaballet.org

Bayer Ballet Academy: “The Snow Queen” is an original youth ballet production based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 3 p.m. Dec. 17, $33-$53. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

Peninsula Ballet Theatre: The troupe performs its 45th “Nutcracker” using Carlos Carvajal’s well-loved choreography. 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, $30-$60. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, www.peninsulaballet.org

Oakland Ballet Company: The troupe presents artistic director Graham Lustig’s popular interpretation of “Nutcracker,” with music by the Oakland Symphony. 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, $25-$92.Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandballet.org

Moscow Ballet: Elite Vaganova Academy-trained dancers appear in the “Great Russian Nutcracker.” 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa; 7 p.m. Dec. 19; Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.,; 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; *28-$175. www.nutcracker.com

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