– By Amy Cavanaugh

There aren’t enough hours in the day to check out every noteworthy event in Boston. Here’s a quick guide to our five can’t-miss picks for December.

(credit: harvardartmuseums.org)

What: Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939 (Photography by an artist known for caricature, figurative painting, and cubism)

When: Through June 2

Where: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Why: See a new side of a renowned artist

More: harvardartmuseums.org/

(credit: Joan Marcus/americanrepertorytheater.org)

What: American Repertory Theater’s Three Pianos (hilarious musical about a wild music salon)

When: December 7 – January 8

Where: Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

Why: Add some levity to winter

More: americanrepertorytheater.org

(credit: bostonballet.org)

What: Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker

When: Through December 31

Where: The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA

Why: Get in the holiday spirit

More: bostonballet.org

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What: NEC Millenium Gospel Choir

When: December 16

Where: Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Why: Take a break from holiday stress with the vocal prowess of church choirs

More: mfa.org

(credit: bostonathenaeum.org)

What: Artists’ Books: Books by Artists (books designed by artists like Russell Maret, Laura Davidson, Ryoko Adachi)

When: Through March 3

Where: Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Why: Judge a book by its cover

More: bostonathenaeum.org