Journey with the young Clara through perils and wonders with the Nutcracker Prince in the holiday classic “The Nutcracker,” as performed by the Sacramento Ballet. The company is mixing up the presentation in a number of ways this season. Some nights will be elegant, and others, like Friday’s “Ugly Sweater Night,” silly fun. The dancers share the performances with adoptable pets from the Front Street Animal Shelter. Performances at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 19 and 20; at 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 20; at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 21. Some of the performances are to live music; all are at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. www.sacballet.org, (916) 552-5800.