The Christmas classic The Nutcracker comes to the Jersey Shore. Celebrate the holiday with the Atlantic City Ballet’s Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the Kingdom of the Sweets. The traditional spirit of this beloved ballet will warm hearts and start the season off right. Dec. 9, 7 p.m., and Dec. 10, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Stockton Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, (609) 652-9000, Stockton.edu, $20-35
The Ocean City Theatre Company revives its annual holiday performance. A Christmas Wonderland, a Musical Holiday Spectacular! returns to the Music Pier with a high-energy cast of dancers and singers to re-ignite your Christmas cheer. Dec. 16 at The Music Pier, Boardwalk & Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, (609) 525-9300, OCNJ.us, $12-15
A night out has never been easier than Cape May’s annual Chef’s Dine-Around. Guests are treated to a five-course feast, with each course from a different restaurant in the area. Local wineries provide pairings for every meal and a trolley will shuffle visitors from stop to stop. With dinner, drinks and transportation provided, all you have to do is enjoy. Dec. 29, 6 p.m. (609) 884-5404, CapeMayMAC.com, $125
Sea Isle City has a front row seat for you to its final fireworks spectacular of the year. This New Year’s Eve, grab the family and a bottle of sparkling cider and close out the year on the beautiful beaches of Sea Isle. Dec. 31, 8-8:30 p.m. at JFK Blvd. & the beach, Sea Isle City, (609) 263-0050, Sea-Isle-City.nj.us, free
Goo Goo Dolls
The Goo Goo Dolls (pictured) will play a special, late-night show during their newest tour, The Inner Machine, playing songs off of their ninth studio album, Something for the Rest of Us, along with classics like “Slide” and “Black Balloon.” Dec. 31, 11 p.m. at Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., (609) 652-9000, CaesarsAC.com, $75-125
Hall & Oates
The dynamic duo that is Hall & Oates are hitting the South Jersey stage with their newest tour, Do What You Want, Be Who You Are. Performing nearly 40 years of hits, this will be a show you won’t want to miss. Dec. 10, 8 p.m. at The Music Box at the Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, TheBorgata.com, $55-85
Devo may have whipped it good in the ‘80s, but their new Don’t Shoot tour is sure to shake things up even more. Dec. 16, 9 p.m. at House of Blues in Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, (609) 343-5700, ShowboatAC.com, $37.50-45
One of the greatest voices in music hits the stage for a soulful celebration that will end 2011 with a bang. Gladys Knight, one of the leading ladies of jazz, soul and funk, will kick off the new year in timeless style. Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. at the Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Tropicana.net, (800) 345-8767, $50-100
The ever-famous, moderately insulting funnyman Don Rickles brings the jokes that landed him repetitive spots on late-night television to Atlantic City. Dec. 31, 11 p.m. at Harrah’s Atlantic City, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., (609) 345-2555, Harrahs-Resort.com, $139-$283
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 9 (December, 2011).
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