Things to do in Birmingham, Dec. 10-16

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DANCE

Sit. Stay. Smile. That’s what we intend to do on Friday at “The Mutt-cracker.” Dancers from the Birmingham Ballet will pirouette their way through a holiday classic, with help from some four-legged friends. The annual production — a pet-friendly twist on “The Nutcracker” — employs its canine cast in charming and clever ways. If you love animals, this event at the BJCC Concert Hall is a don’t-miss. 

"The Mutt-cracker,” Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m., BJCC Concert Hall, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North, $25-$45 via Ticketmaster. Part of ticket proceeds benefits the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

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CONCERTS

Play air guitar, if the spirit moves you. Chances are, other folks will be doing the same thing on Wednesday at the BJCC's Legacy Arena. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns here on its seasonal tour, performing a hard-rocking version of a Yuletide tale. This year’s show, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” boasts electric guitar solos, laser lights, mind-bending videos and more. It’s a rock opera, suitable for holiday head-banging.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Legacy Arena at the BJCC, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North, $32-$61 via Ticketmaster. (Note: The arena has a new clear bag policy for audience members that starts with this show; see the BJCC website for details.)

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OUTSIDE

Glide and twirl at Railroad Park. An ice-skating rink, 50 feet by 80 feet, has been constructed on site, and it’s open to the public through Jan. 1, closing only on Christmas Day. Free skating lessons are on the agenda for Saturdays, and the fee ($10-$12) includes skate rental.  

Brrrmingham! Ice Skating in Railroad Park, through Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Railroad Park, 1600 First Ave. South, $12 adults, $10 kids age 12 and younger.

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CONCERTS

Deck the halls with Three on a String. This folksy band, a beloved institution in Birmingham, is uniquely placed to spread holiday cheer. Jerry Ryan, Bobby Horton, Brad Ryan and Andy Meginniss know how to make audiences feel merry and bright, as you’ll see during their concert — “Home for Christmas Laughing All the Way” — on Tuesday at the Lyric Theatre. Special guests include the Warblers, Something Else Trio and Glen Strange. 

Three on a String, Dec 12 at 7:30 p.m., Lyric Theatre, 1800 Third Ave. North, $29-$35 via Ticketmaster.