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Christmas shows and Nutcracker ballets in Miami. Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach

Here in the subtropics, it can be a little tricky to get into the Christmas spirit. With the humidity and flip-flop lifestyle, you may need an extra nudge to feel the holiday mood.

Here’s a list of Christmas-themed shows on stages from Miami to West Palm Beach that will jingle your bells.

Through Dec. 23 — Winter Shorts

The fast-paced performance of seven holiday-themed short plays (90 minutes with no intermission) is being staged by Miami’s City Theatre. Previews begin Dec. 6, and opening night is Dec. 8. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., in Miami. Tickets cost $39-$69. To order, call 305-949-6722 or go to ArshtCenter.org.

Through Dec. 30 — The Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet will perform George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Showtimes vary. Performances are: Dec. 7-9 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (tickets are $29-$145); Dec. 14-24 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (tickets are $29-$125) and Dec. 28-30 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach. To order, call 877-929-7010 or go to MiamiCityBallet.org.

Dec. 22 — Rockapella Christmas

A five-man harmony group gives their signature a cappella spin on Yuletide favorites. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $37-$47. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.

Dec 22 — Sarge’s Chanukah Chutzpah Tour … Kiss My Mezuzah

The comedian, musician and impressionist salutes Hanukkah using the voices of Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Connick Jr., Marv Albert, Mike Tyson, Gilbert Gottfried and Kermit the Frog. Showtime is at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188 St. Tickets cost $41.50-$46.50. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to AventuraCenter.org.

Dec. 23 — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

The annual television special is now a live theater production recommended for ages 4 to 10. Showtimes are 1 and 4 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $20-$85. To order, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org.

Dec. 25 — A Very Jewish Concert on Christmas Day

Music director Aaron Kula leads his Klezmer Company Jazz Orchestra in a variety show of Yiddish, Israeli and Chassidic songs, but all jazzed up and peppered with stories. Miami based vocalist Julie Jacobs and storyteller Caren Schnur Neile will also perform. Showtime is 3 p.m. at Zinman Hall at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., in Boca Raton. Tickets are $30-$40. To order, go to LevisJCC.org.

Dec. 27-28 — An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas

Evan Tyrone Martin recreates the sound of crooner Nat King Cole in this show that mixes holiday tunes with the King’s songbook, from the church to stardom on the jazz and pop charts. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 Lake Shore Dr., in Delray Beach. Tickets are $60. To order, call 561-272-1281 or go to DelrayBeachPlayhouse.com

Dec. 28 — Cirque Dreams Holidaze

For the first time Cirque Dreams is playing Miami’s James L. Knight Center. For the 10th year the Pompano Beach-based human circus’s Christmas-themed show features an international cast of more than 20 multitalented acts, including acrobats, gymnasts, contortionists and singers. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave., in Miami. Tickets are $33-$97. To order, call 304-416-5978 or go to Ticketmaster.com.

Dec. 29 — A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour

Stars from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” return to South Florida in their Christmas-themed show. This time around, the cast includes Miz Cracker, Aja, Monét X Change, Thorgy Thor, Shea Couleé, Raja and South Florida female impersonator Latrice Royale. Showtime is 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $23.70-$56.77. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.

Dec. 29 — The Great Russian Nutcracker

The Moscow Ballet will perform one show only in South Florida this year. This year the company is using the dove as a multicultural symbol of purity and peace, a central theme of the performance. Showtime is 3 p.m. at The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., in Miami Beach. Tickets are $89 and $99. To order, call 800-745-3000 or go to Nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Dec. 29-30 — My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Home for the Holidays

Steve Solomon brings his one-man show, part of a very successful franchise, back to South Florida. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188 St. Tickets cost $45-$49. To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to AventuraCenter.org.

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