Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”

Cap the season of pointe shoes and magical toys with this production of the classic Tchaikovsky holiday tale. The production features an authentic Russian Christmas puppet play, the 20-foot Dove of Peace and life-sized Matrushka dolls. Plus, local dancers will be part of the performance in various children’s and auxiliary roles. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. (800) 320-1733.

Saturday and Sunday

Creole Christmas Historic Home Tour

Continue to celebrate the season and visit five homes decorated in style. The self-guided tour begins at the 1850 House Museum Store and allows guests into public and private homes around the French Quarter. Guests will also learn about what Christmas was like during the 19th century at the Beauregard-Keyes House as well as enjoy refreshments of the period. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 1850 House Museum Store, 923 St. Ann St., New Orleans (504) 523-3939.

Tuesday and Wednesday

AllState Fan Fest

Alabama and Ohio State fans won’t be the only ones taking part in the pre-game festivities that lead up to the Sugar Bowl game on Jan. 1. With interactive events, pep rallies, marching bands and nightly concerts, this fest will be a red-letter event. Noon to 8 p.m. each day, concerts at 6 p.m. Jax Brewery parking lot, 418 N. Peters St., New Orleans.


Kid’s New Year’s Eve Countdown

For the wee ones who can’t wait for midnight, Louisiana Children’s Museum has the solution — a noon countdown to mark the occasion. With confetti drops, balloon drops, activities, music and even The Count from Sesame Street, the museum has a big day planned for all. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $10. (504) 523-1357.

“Gone With The Breaking Wind” opens

Varla Jean Merman is back as the biggest Southern belle of them all in this hilarious stage production. Joined by Ricky Graham, Sean Patterson, Brooklyn Shaffer, Brian Johnston and Jefferson Turner, this powerhouse brings the South to its knees. The production continues Friday to Sunday through Jan. 18. 8 p.m. $40. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. (504) 488-1460.

“Symphony in the Sky”

New Orleans really knows how to throw a party and New Year’s Eve is no different. With live music, a fleur-de-lis drop and a masterpiece of light and sound overhead at midnight, this is the way to bid adieu to 2014 and welcome in 2015. Music starts at 9:30 p.m., with the drop and fireworks at midnight. Decatur Street Stage, Jackson Square and the riverfront, New Orleans.

Rock in the New Year With Dr. John

The New Orleans musical icon kicks off Le Petit Theatre’s Intimate Evening Series of performances in addition to the theatrical productions. The event is the six-time Grammy winner’s only local performance before his 2015 tour. 9 p.m., with Dr. John at 10 p.m. $150, $200 for premium seating. 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2081.