It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year

Whether your taste runs to a nu­clear “Nutcracker,” mari­achi mad­ness, glow­ing gar­dens, or a Celtic Christ­mas, De­cem­ber ar­rives with its usual abun­dance of op­tions from Santa Fe’s per­form­ing arts com­mu­nity. Be­tween mu­sic, the­ater, and dance, the city has so

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A round-up of sea­sonal en­ter­tain­ment

TGIF recitals / Dec. 2, 9, 23, 30 Ev­ery Fri­day at 5:30 p.m., First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.) presents a half-hour con­cert in its TGIF se­ries, free and open to the pub­lic (although do­na­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated). Most of the De­cem­ber dates are given over to Christ­mas mu­sic, at least in part: Dec. 2, the High Desert Harp En­sem­ble pluck­ing Celtic mu­sic of the sea­son, in­clud­ing mu­sic from Eng­land, Wales, and the Isle of Man; Dec. 9, David Beatty play­ing con­tem­po­rary or­gan works on Christ­mas themes; Dec. 23, the church’s Chan­cel Bell Choir, mostly play­ing ar­range­ments of fa­mil­iar tunes; and Dec. 30, or­gan­ist Jan Wor­den-Lackey, whose recital in­cludes five move­ments se­lected from Noel Raw­sthorne’s Im­pro­vi­sa­tions on Christ­mas Car­ols. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.fpc­santafe.org. Mari­achi Christ­mas / Dec. 2 Mari­achi en­sem­bles and guest stars in­fuse their sounds into the Christ­mas land­scape in this pop­u­lar an­nual con­cert pre­sented as a high-spir­ited ben­e­fit for schol­ar­ship pro­grams of the Na­tional Latino Be­hav­ioral Health As­so­ci­a­tion. It takes place at 6 p.m. on Fri­day, Dec. 2, at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St. Tick­ets ($25-$50) can be had through www.tick­etssantafe.org or by call­ing 505-988-1234. The Nutcracker on “The Hill” / Dec. 2-4 Last year the com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion Dance Arts Los Alamos mounted an am­bi­tious large-scale — and thor­oughly de­light­ful — take on The Nutcracker, trans­pos­ing the set­ting to the Man­hat­tan Project in 1944. It didn’t sound too cheery, but for folks in Los Alamos, a nu­clear back­ground is just life as usual, and the com­pany showed its au­di­ence a grand time, with the per­for­mance mak­ing room for pro­jected im­ages sup­plied by the lo­cal his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing many photos of char­ac­ters clev­erly worked into the ac­tion in danc­ing or act­ing roles. Nutcracker on “The Hill” re­turns this year, with some al­ter­ations. This time, the in­serted char­ac­ter of J. Robert Op­pen­heimer will be played by Dr. Charles F. (Char­lie) McMil­lan, who is the cur­rent direc­tor of the Los Alamos Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory. Per­for­mances take place at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Dec. 2, and at 2 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 3, and Sun­day, Dec. 4, at Duane Smith Au­di­to­rium, Los Alamos High School, 1300 Di­a­mond Drive. Tick­ets ($15; $10 for se­niors and stu­dents) can be re­served through www .danceart­slos­alamos.org. Santa Fe Sym­phony Orches­tra & Cho­rus / Dec. 2, 11 At 7 p.m. Fri­day, Dec. 2, the Sym­phony Brass, Sym­phony Cho­rus, and Santa Fe Women’s En­sem­ble team up for a wide-rang­ing pro­gram of clas­sics and car­ols, in­clud­ing sing-along se­lec­tions for the au­di­ence. The con­cert takes place in the Cathe­dral Basil­ica of St. Fran­cis of As­sisi, 131 Cathe­dral Place. It’s a free con­cert, with no

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