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We love a classic Nutcracker, but appreciate variety in the Christmas standard, too. This season the holiday ballet can be seen in trademarked virtuosic style at Lincoln Center; adapted for family audiences in venues across the city; for free at the World Financial Center; in a gay, Latino theatrical version in the Bronx; and a grown-up version by the American Ballet Theatre in a Brooklyn.

The original Nutcracker—Marius Petipa’s ballet based on an E.T.A. Hoffman story with music by Tchaikovsky—first premiered at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 17, 1892. The Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancing rodents led by a mouse soldier, the young heroine Clara (sometimes called Marie) and Tchaikovsky’s score have become a holiday favorite in New York, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the ballet.

From late November through early January, die-hard fans and first-timers can take their pick of Nutcrackers, or choose to chew them all up.


American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

The enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann's whimsical world return in this acclaimed production of The Nutcracker, presented by the renowned ...

Angela Harriell’s Nutcracker: Rated R

"Nutcracker: Rated R" cracks open the heart of the classic children’s ballet to uncover drugs, sex, family secrets and all ...

Ballet for Young Audiences: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s classic music comes to life and introduces children to the story of Clara’s Nutcracker. Visit the Enchanted Forest with ...

The Bang Group: Nut/Cracked

A comic/subversive, neo-vaudeville version of "The Nutcracker," "Nut/Cracked" celebrates its 10th anniversary performance with a journey into innocence through sustained ...

Brighton Ballet Theater: The Nutcracker

Brighton Ballet Theater revives a holiday classic featuring lavish costumes, splendid scenery, and a junior company of 80 young dancers. ...

The Christmas Show

BALAM Dance Theatre principal ballerina Robin Gilbert and artistic director Carlos Fittante perform the Grand Pas de Deux from the ...

The Colonial Nutcracker

Created especially for families with children ages 4-10, "The Colonial Nutcracker" sets Tchaikovsky's classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during ...

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

From the moment the lights dim, you are transported to a wondrous world of magic and wonder. A rousing snowstorm ...

Joffrey Ballet School: The Nutcracker

A two-act production of "The Nutcracker" ballet performed by children and Joffrey Ballet company dancers.

Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker – Free Performances

Free hour-long performances of Keith Michael's "The Nutcracker." A perfect holiday treat for kids and families.

The Knickerbocker Suite

"The Knickerbocker Suite," a new holiday classic, has been brought to the stage by Rose Caiola with the Manhattan Youth ...

Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo

The play, returning to BAAD!'s stage for the ninth year, interweaves two holiday classics, "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol," ...

New York Theatre Ballet: Keith Michael’s Nutcracker

A Mouse Queen with an 18-foot tail, a luminous owl that soars above the audience, and adorable flower girls are ...

The Nutcracker and The Mouse King

"The Nutcracker and The Mouse King" is not your typical Christmas musical. A somewhat dark comedy, this fantastical show will ...

Valentina Kozlova’s The Nutcracker

The technically and artistically stunning dancers of Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory bring the classic holiday story to life.

Waltz of the Flowers

Explore the world of "The Nutcracker" in a special workshop for children ages 5 through 12, presented by teaching artists ...