Another reason to go: the lively, classic Tchaikovsky score is played live by the Cincinnati Ballet’s orchestra, led by top-notch Music Director Carmon DeLeone, who’s celebrating 40 years with the company during the Ballet’s own 45th anniversary season. Whether it’s your first time catching it or your 15th, you’re never too old for this holiday tradition filled with cheer and imagination. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 27. $20-$65. Get details, buy tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here.