We love a classic Nutcracker, but appreciate variety in the Christmas ballet 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; 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, 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.

New York City Ballet: George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”

Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets make the production one of the company's most complex and ...

Ballet for Young Audiences presents The Nutcracker

Ballet for Young Audiences / Ballet Repertory, NYC, is a unique company dedicated to the introduction of dance to new ...

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 ...

New York Theatre Ballet Presents: Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

Keith Michael has replaced his own Nutcracker, performed from 1985-2010, with a new version and it’s a honey.

Nutcracker Rouge

A baroque-burlesque confection of theatre, dance, circus and sumptuous design, all with an erotic edge, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s ...

The Nutcracker: A Contemporary Ballet

"The Nutcracker: A Contemporary Ballet" by Giada Ferrone featuring students from Connecticut Dance Center.

The Brighton Ballet Theater, School of Russian American Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Choreographed by Edouard Kouchnarev, a new generation Russian choreographer who has danced and choreographed throughout the world, our production is ...

The Shell-Shocked Nut

An Alternative Adaptation of The Nutcracker, set in the East Village, inspired by true stories.