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What do you do with the family after Thanksgiving is over? You dress them up and take them to see A Christmas Carol, because some stories were just made for retelling, generation after generation. And if you don't have a family with spit-washed faces, you can throw a little whipped cream on top and see a Christmas show that's silly and glittery and features bearded drag queens. Continue reading for the details...

See also: Playbill: Four Offbeat Shows for the 2014 Holiday Season in Denver

Demented Divas Holiday Show: The Nutzcracker Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret November 26 through December 23 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2 p.m. Sundays, December 7, 14 and 21 Tickets: $25 303-293-0075

If the name Nuclia Waste doesn't ring a bell, this might be the year to meet the bearded drag queen -- and her equally bizarre friends Portia Potty, Marion McKuzins and Gabriella Butz'in, better known as the Demented Divas. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas at Lannie's without a showing by the campy "ladies," who've started a holiday tradition of their own: The Nutzcracker, a spunky revue that sells out consistently year after year. Twinkle on!

Continue reading for more Playbill performances.

Colorado Ballet, The Nutcracker Ellie Caulkins Opera House November 29 through December 27 See website for dates and times Tickets: $25 to $155 303-837-8888, ext. 2 Pageantry, beautiful costumes and Tchaikovsky's familiar melodies make The Nutcracker a must-see, particularly if you have a starry-eyed ballet freak in the family. The Colorado Ballet has been dancing the classic for more than fifty years, so the company definitely knows what it's doing. Catch this classic again on the Ellie's grand stage, with a live orchestra.

Denver Center Theatre Company, A Christmas Carol Stage Theatre November 28 through December 28 Tickets start at $49 303-893-4100

Scrooge and Tiny Tim might be all it takes to put even the grumpiest holiday-hater in a better mood. The Denver Center Theatre Company's musical version of A Christmas Carol remains top-notch, and comes with a lesson wrapped up in its ghostly journeys through time. Treat the family (ages six and over, please) or treat yourself -- it comes but once a year.

Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater and dance events for this week.

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