FRIDAY, NOV. 29 >> “The Nutcracker” at the Wharton Center
The ballet classic is visiting the Wharton Center. The Lansing based Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan presents its 33rd production of “The Nutcracker.” Directed by Gregory M. George, this ballet follows Clara and the nutcracker she receives as a gift on Christmas Eve. When her nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince, the two embark on an adventure into the Land of Sweets where she meets the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy and the nefarious Rat King. Each year, the company re-imagines the death of the Rat King. $14,$19/$23 Students/Youth $10, $15, $19. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Cobb Great Hall in the Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. whartoncenter.com
FRIDAY, NOV. 29 >> Winter Fest
Both before and after the Mason Lighted Parade, the Ingham County Winter Fest offers a plethora of winter entertainment. Included in the evenings festivities are carnival rides, a Christmas tree auction, a craft show and a make-and-take, live holiday music, lighted hay rides and various food and beverages. If you’re in the giving holiday spirit, both a Toys for Tots and Mason Food Band donation station are included in this Winter Fest. A shuttle service provided by the Sparty Party Shuttle takes visitors to and from downtown Mason to the fairgrounds. At 8:45 p.m., fireworks add a sparkle to the end of the evening. FREE. 3-9 p.m. Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash Street, Mason. inghamfair.org. .
FRIDAY, NOV. 29 >> “Over the River and Through the Woods”
Nick is just your average guy from New Jersey blessed with two sets of overbearing, but loving grandparents. Every Sunday at the family dinner, Nick´s grandparents harp on how important it is for him to have a family, a good wife and a good meal. When Nick gets his dream job across the country, all hell breaks loose. The four grandparents guilt and bait Nick into staying in New Jersey. Will the temptingly beautiful girl-next-door keep Nick from moving? The grandparents hope so. After the first four previews, audience members are invited to participate in a talkback session with the director. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1; 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. $15. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam Road, Williamston. (517) 655-7469. williamstontheatre.org.
SATURDAY, NOV. 30 >> Gingerbread Jamboree
In its first year, Gingerbread Jamboree offers a Christmas carol competition with grand prizes. Caroling awards will be made to a kids group, a family group, an adult group and an overall best. During the day, there are horse-drawn wagon rides and children’s events. In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, Williamston shops are hosting open houses. Gift wrapping is provided by the Williamston Free Methodist Youth Group and is a fundraising event. A photographer is setting up shop in the Keller Plaza, both for carolers and regular townies out with their loved ones. From 7-8 p.m., a community sing will fill the streets in front of City Hall. 10 a.m. McCormick Park, 300 Putnam Street, Williamston.
TUESDAY, DEC. 3 >> Holiday Glitter/Live at the Copa Room
The 34th annual Holiday Glitter fundraiser is upon the Lansing area in Rat Pack fashion. In this 1960s inspired event, all you cool cats can enjoy some themed hors d´oeuvres and desserts with wine, beer or a soda. Live performances by Mardra and Reggie Thomas and Gino Federici throughout the night. Dress up in 1960s jazz club attire and be ready for some serious dancing. But before you put your dancing shoes on, the Arts Council will honor the Business Arts and Applause Award winners. Proceeds benefit the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. $75. 6 p.m. The University Club, 3435 Forest Road, Lansing. lansingarts.org.
TUESDAY, DEC. 3 >> The Vienna Boys Choir
The famous Vienna Boys Choir presents a special holiday concert. Included in their musical evening are classic Christmas carols, Gregorian chants and popular holiday songs from around the world. The choir comprises members between the ages of 10 and 14, mostly from Austria. The choir has a rich history that can be traced back to the late 1400s and Emperor Maximilian I. At 6:45 p.m., an Insight Preview is held in the Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge. Insight Previews are informative talks given by topic experts and are free. $15, $25, $32, $47. 7:30 p.m. Cobb Great Hall in the Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. whartoncenter.com