There are many reasons people get excited this time of year but one universal source of joy for people all over the globe is found by attending The Nutcracker ballet. This event is a long standing spectacular tradition – good for the young or the young at heart! The first performance of the ballet was held around the Christmas holiday season in 1892, at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The popularity grew outside of Russia into England by 1934 and by 1944 the San Francisco Ballet held the first United States performance. For the last 70 years, The Nutcracker has evolved into a cherished favorite. See our Top Ten Must-See list below for more details on performances in your area. If you’ve never been before or if you haven’t had a chance to take your children yet consider this your formal invitation to make 2014 the year to experience the wonders of The Nutcracker! Read on to find where the nutcracker in playing in your state!
The Nutcracker: The Holiday Must-See Event:
- Houston Ballet
“Nutcracker shows tradition can still thrill.”- Houston Chronicle
- Boston Ballet
“A holiday season without The Nutcracker would be like New Year’s Eve without champagne.” –The Improper Bostonian
- San Francisco Ballet
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- New York City Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the Company’s active repertory.–NYCB
- Atlanta Ballet
“For Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, the beauty of the dance makes the gift.” –ArtsATL
- Pacific Northwest Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet can proudly lay claim to the world’s most recognized and celebrated production of Nutcracker.
- Miami City Ballet
This lavish performance – one of the ONLY productions of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ™ in the nation – features magnificent scenery, elaborate costumes, and the magical music of Tchaikovsky.
- Ballet Chicago2014 marks the 18th year of Ballet Chicago’s performances of The Nutcracker!
- Saint Louis Ballet
“Lovely ‘Nutcracker’ spins holiday magic at Touhill.” –The Current
- Moscow Ballet
Moscow Ballet performs Russian ballets in over 70 cities across North America annually. Get tickets in Your City!
In addition to attending one of these amazing events above you could always put on a Nutcracker production of your own at your school or local theater company. Check out all of the awesome Nutcracker ballet products we offer to make your production one to remember! Journey with Clara as she dances on the arm of the Nutcracker Prince through sparkling snowflakes in a kingdom of sweets. Come one, come all and experience the magic of The Nutcracker!