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COMMUNITY & CULTURE TOP PICKS Happenings Around Town WHAT: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker WHERE: The Fabulous Fox Theatre WHEN: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 23 The “Great Russian Nutcracker” is the featured showcase of the Moscow Ballet’s 25th anniversary tour of North America. Award-winning principal dancers join a company of 40 ballerinas in lavish costumes representing life-sized matryoshka dolls, toy soldiers, Arabian dancers and more set against Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s immortal score. Also making appearances are Russian folk symbols like Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), as well as the Troika Sleigh and the Dove of Peace. $31.50 to $133.50; fabulousfox.com WHAT: Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley WHERE: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis WHEN: Various times, through Dec. 24 Calling all Jane Austen fans! Give yourself a gift this holiday season with this Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon-penned comedic sequel to Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Set at Pemberley, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s ancestral home, the tale takes place two years later, as Elizabeth Bennett and her now-husband, Darcy, host Christmas for their extended family. Among the guests is Elizabeth’s sister, Mary, the bookish middle child, who finally has her day with an unexpected holiday romance. $18.50 to $89; repstl.org Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit and relive the magic of the classic story about a boy’s search for the meaning of Christmas. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack from the hit movie, real trains depart from Union Station for a roundtrip journey to the “North Pole.” On board, there’s cookies, hot chocolate, carols and of course, storytelling. Package options include Magical Meals in the Grand Hall and hotel accommodations. Ticket prices vary; stlpolarexpressride.com WHAT: Garden Glow WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m., through Jan. 1 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) Let more than 1 million lights blanket you with the holiday spirit at Garden Glow. Enjoy s’mores, festive drinks, Christmas carols and dozens of photo opportunities as you wind your way through a twinkling tunnel, candlelight village, frosted forest, and pathways of fluorescent light sticks, luminaries and solar orbs. Tickets include admission to the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show. $18 ($14 for members), $10 per child ($6 for member children); mobot.org 66 GAZELLE STL photo WHAT: The Polar Express WHERE: St. Louis Union Station WHEN: Various times, through Dec. 30