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Where to See ‘The Nutcracker’ This Holiday Season

December 7, 2018 by Allison Considine
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Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is the true harbinger of the holidays. Once the famous score begins, holiday magic ensues. Follow Clara as she falls into a Christmas Eve dream filled with soaring sugar plums, waltzing snowflakes, candy canes, and a handsome Nutcracker Prince. From the Land of the Snowflakes to the Land of the Sweets, this iconic holiday ballet brims with delight. Adaptations with hip-hop dancers, marionettes, and even historical figures are bringing new life to this classic tale this season. Check out where you can see the ballet across the country this holiday season.

“Hip Hop Nutcracker”
This rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic score is set to explosive hip-hop beats. With choreography by Jennifer Weber, this modern adaptation at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre features a dozen dancers, a DJ, and a violinist. Catch the urban-inspired performance on Dec. 14.

“Nutcracker Rouge”
Company XVI’s “Nutcracker Rouge” may not be family-friendly, but it sure is fun. Austin McCormick’s burlesque-inspired production in Brooklyn, through Jan. 13, adds some eroticism to the holidays.

“The Nutcracker” at Ballet Chicago
To see the sugar plum fairies in all their glory, head to Ballet Chicago’s traditional production of the holiday ballet in the Windy City, through Dec. 15.

“The Nutcracker” at House Theatre of Chicago
Ballet isn’t your thing? The House Theatre of Chicago offers a ballet-free version, complete with puppetry and song and merriment for the whole family through Dec. 30.

Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at La Mirada
Even in California, audiences can journey to the magical Land of the Snowflakes! Watch the snow whirl and the dancers twirl in Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet’s performance at La Mirada Theatre through Dec. 22.

Bob Baker’s “Nutcracker” at Pasadena Playhouse
Since 1969, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been delighting audiences with a special production of “The Nutcracker” featuring 100 puppets. See the spectacle at Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles through Dec. 30.

American Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” in Orange County
Bask in the beauty of this classic production of the classic ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Get tickets from Dec. 14-23.

American Contemporary Ballet’s “The Nutcracker Suite” in LA
This one-hour, immersive performance from the American Contemporary Ballet brings audiences up close to the waltzing flowers and battling mice. The show runs in Los Angeles through Dec. 24.

“The Nutcracker” at DC’s The Warner Theater
The Washington Ballet’s patriotic production sets the holiday tale in Georgetown, where George Washington, King George III, and other historical figures mingle with the Mouse King. Catch the Capitol City’s perennial favorite through Dec. 28.

“The Nutcracker” at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music
Pennsylvania Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker,” featuring George Balanchine’s iconic choreography, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia through Dec. 31.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production, designed by illustrator Ian Falconer with choreography by George Balanchine, bows at the Seattle’s McCaw Hall through Dec. 28.

Texas Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker”
Texas Ballet Theater is waltzing in both Dallas and Fort Worth this season, with a magical production at the Winspear Opera House and the Bass Performance Hall through Dec. 24.