The National Ballet of Canada presents the holiday classic The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Kudelka, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. www.thenutcracker.ca.
Poet Dennis Lee’s meditations on living in Toronto are dramatized at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill St. www.soulpepper.ca.
Handel’s Messiah is performed at Roy Thompson Hall by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. www.roythomson.com.
The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Phoenix Coyotes at the Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m. mapleleafs.nhl.com
Yuk Yuk’s Downtown, 224 Richmond St. W., presents Wade McElwain through Sunday. www.yukyuks.com
Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years 1923–1937 continues at the Art Gallery of Ontario. www.ago.net