1. New York City Ballet
November 24 to December 30 at the New York State Theater
The gold standard: Balanchine’s indestructible Nutcracker uses the entire company, lots of kids from the School of American Ballet, and a one-ton tree.
2. Nutcracker in the Lower
November 25 to December 2 at Abrons Arts Center
This much-updated version, with modern, African, and salsa dance alongside ballet, has itself become a downtown tradition.
3. Moscow Classical Ballet
November 26 at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
The Russian troupe’s new production takes place in the “Land of Peace and Harmony.”