'THE NUTCRACKER'

Cue the mouse army: The Loudoun Ballet Company brings this holiday classic to Briar Woods High School for six performances beginning this weekend: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 17, and 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18. 22525 Belmont Ridge Rd., Ashburn. $20 at the door; advance tickets $15 and $12. 703-771-8074. www.loudounballet.org.

'SAINT WENCESLAS'

Warrenton's American Children of SCORE will team up Saturday with local actors, singers and dancers to perform a new musical composed and directed by John Krumich. SCORE comprises children ages 8-12 who sing and play wind, string and percussion instruments. Krumich based his musical on the lyrics of the Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas." 3 p.m., Highland Center for the Arts, 597 Broadview Ave., Warrenton. $10; proceeds benefit Fauquier Community Action. Tickets will be available at the door, but reservations are suggested. 540-428-2313.

THE VULGAR BULGARS

Just ahead of Hanukkah, this little ol' band from Louisa, Va., comes to Rust Library on Sunday, ready to chase away any winter blues and set the mood for the festival of lights. The Vulgar Bulgars are a four-piece klezmer group with clarinet, violin, bass and drums. With such titles such as "Born Under a Bad Chuppa," "Get Down, Rabbi!" and "Skyliner Khosid," it's not exactly traditional klezmer, but it's a good time nonetheless. 2 p.m., 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-0323.

The Sugar Plum Fairy (Caitlin Jordan) and her Cavalier (Frank Shumaker) dance in the Loudoun Ballet Company's "The Nutcracker."