Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker has been enchanting visitors for 43 years. Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic returns to The Academy of Music stage once again, accompanied by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, to paint the fairytale dream scene that has become so synonymous with the winter season. Dec. 10-30, times change per day, at The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 670-2327, PABallet.org, $20-140
Jingle All The Way
Don’t be a Scrooge this holiday season: Give back and join the fight against arthritis at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Walk/Run. Throw on your Santa suit or holiday-themed costume as you run or walk the 5K, with proceeds benefiting arthritis care and research. Dec. 10, 10 a.m. at Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, (215) 574-3060 ext. 116, Arthritis.org, $25 registration fee
In With the New
Ring in the New Year at Haddonfield’s First Night. This yearly event features a rolling list of performers, including flamenco dancers, Celtic bands, comedians, and headliner Tommy Cash, brother of the legendary Johnny Cash, performing some of his brother’s classics. Haddonfield’s best restaurants will keep you warm with a hot meal or drink on the street. Surround yourself with family and friends as you say “Goodbye” to 2011 and “Hello” to a whole new year of possibilities. Dec. 31, 6 p.m. on Kings Highway, Haddonfield, (856) 429-4700, FirstNightHaddonfield.org, $15
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 9 (December, 2011).
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