As a kid, every Christmas Eve I would find myself waiting up late for some family member’s flight to get in at the airport. Without fail, some version of the Nutcracker would be on TV. I would stare at the glittery costumes and hum along to the lovely music, always falling asleep sometime between Clara’s arrival to the castle and the march of the Chinese dancers. The Richmond Ballet is performing this beloved story at the historic Carpenter Theater, December 19th-28th. Tickets are $30-$125. Keep this holiday classic alive and treat the family to a magical night of sugar plums, hot cocoa and mischievous rodents, underneath the clouds and stars of the Carpenter Theater.