Nutcracker Ballet

The finale of Miami City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (Kyle Froman / November 20, 2013)

If you are a nut, then you may want to consider leaving town.

The holiday season is bringing several “Nutcracker” ballets to South Florida.

Here’s a roundup of 11 “Nutcrackers” you shouldn’t miss:

BOCA BALLET THEATRE


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In addition to the ballet, the company will host a Gingerbread Ball on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at which young people can meet Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and other magical characters at a post-matinee children’s party.

When: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, various times

Where: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton

Cost: $20-$35

Contact: 561-995-0709 or BocaBallet.org.

MIAMI YOUTH BALLET

Appropriate for ages 4 and up, this version features choreography for a cast of 100 young dancers by Yanis Pikieris and Marielena Mencia.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7

Where: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami

Cost: $25-$35

Contact: 786-573-5300 or SMDCAC.org or MiamiYouthBallet.com.

ARTS BALLET THEATRE OF FLORIDA

Vladimir Issaev’s ballet will be presented in three South Florida venues, but the opening gala will be held at the Fillmore Miami Beach at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

When: Dec. 8-22, various times

Where: Dec. 8 Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave.; Dec. 13-15 at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.; and Dec 21-22 at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: Miami Beach $47.50-$52.50 ($100.50 for VIP gala tickets); Aventura $35; and Fort Lauderdale $15-$35