The Lafayette Ballet Theatre will present performances of “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette.

This full-length classical ballet in two acts features Lafayette Ballet Theatre professional company dancers, principal guest artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle) and approximately 140 children who study ballet in local academies.

Tickets are $25-$53 and can be purchased by calling (337) 262-0444 or visiting ticketmaster.com.

For more fun and to further support Lafayette Ballet Theatre — a nonprofit ballet company and arts education organization — “Nutcracker” fans of all ages are invited to attend the holiday party, “Land of the Sweets.” This social event immediately follows the Sunday, Dec. 10, matinee “Nutcracker” performance at Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s new studios, 201 Petroleum Drive, Lafayette. Hot cocoa and soft drinks, along with hors d’oeuvres, pizza and sweets from area restaurants, will be served.

Stars of “The Nutcracker” will be on hand for autographs and photos.

Tickets for “Land of the Sweets” are $20 and are only available through Lafayette Ballet Theatre, (337) 262-0444.

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