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.

    The Nutcracker Season

    Take your pick of Nutcrackers this season—or choose to chew them all up. The holiday ballet can be seen uptown and downtown, in Brooklyn and in settings from from classic to contemporary, and even with other dance styles mixed in.

    The Nutcracker Season

    Take your pick of Nutcrackers this season—or choose to chew them all up. The holiday ballet can be seen uptown and downtown, in Brooklyn and in settings from from classic to contemporary, and even with other dance styles mixed in.

    The Nutcracker Season

    Take your pick of Nutcrackers this season—or choose to chew them all up. The holiday ballet can be seen uptown and downtown, in Brooklyn and in settings from from classic to contemporary, and even with other dance styles mixed in.

    Joffrey Ballet School: The Nutcracker

    NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 7:00 pm

    Join us for a spectacular blend of dance and music that will fill your soul with Christmas spirit. In this timeless holiday tradition, enjoy a sugarplum delight, enchanting music, and lavish costumes. The Nutcracker brings to life Clara’s holiday dream filled with children, her mischievous brother Fritz, and the object of her adolescent fancy, Hans Peter, Drosselmeyer's handsome assistant.The Joffrey Ballet School returns to the Skirball Center with an elegant new production of The Nutcracker to Tchaikovsky’s beloved ...

    The Nutcracker Season

    Take your pick of Nutcrackers this season—or choose to chew them all up. The holiday ballet can be seen uptown and downtown, in Brooklyn and in settings from from classic to contemporary, and even with other dance styles mixed in.

    The Nutcracker Season

    Take your pick of Nutcrackers this season—or choose to chew them all up. The holiday ballet can be seen uptown and downtown, in Brooklyn and in settings from from classic to contemporary, and even with other dance styles mixed in.

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

    Kingsborough Commuity College Performing Arts Center

    Brooklyn

    Sat, Dec 21, 2013, 6:30 pm

    Choreographed by Edouard Kouchnarev, a new generation Russian choreographer who has danced and choreographed throughout the world, our production is a charming introduction to ballet and to the classic tale of The Nutcracker created especially for children. In spectacular costumes, dancers from the Brighton Ballet Theater's professional and junior companies recreate that magical night when a young girl sees the Nutcracker and other toys come to life in her living room.BBT's version of the ...

    The Nutcracker Season

    Take your pick of Nutcrackers this season—or choose to chew them all up. The holiday ballet can be seen uptown and downtown, in Brooklyn and in settings from from classic to contemporary, and even with other dance styles mixed in.