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Discount Tickets to Nutcracker Performances in Southern California (Updated 2019)

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Get discount tickets to over 50+ Nutcracker Performances in Southern California including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Bernardino.

Do you remember when you were a child and your parents took you to see the world famous Nutcracker for the first time?  I do.  I was approximately 8 or 9 years old when my mother took me.  I remember getting dressed up in my Christmas best and wearing my little pretty black suede shoes.  Everyone in the theater was dressed to the hilt and so prim and proper.

A few years ago, I took Field Trip Boy and Field Trip Girl to see their first performance of the Nutcracker at the Huntington Beach Central Library.  It was specifically tailored for children.  Field Trip Girl especially enjoyed the ballet and was enamored with the enchanting music, beautiful costumes and meeting the cast afterwards.

Get discount tickets to over 50+ Nutcracker Performances in Southern California including in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Bernardino.

In 2019, the essential holiday tradition continues!  Join Clara and her beloved Nutcracker as she travels to the Land of Snow, and to the Palace of the Dolls where all of her favorite doll companions come to life.  There are over 50+ Nutcracker Performances in Southern California this holiday season.  Dates and tickets prices vary.  Please see the complete list below for details.

 

Nutcracker Performances in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Ballet @ Cerritos Center, Cerritos (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1)

Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the city’s own holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, you will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls.

Inland Pacific Ballet @ Bridges Auditorium, Claremont (Dec. 21-22)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with this spectacular production of The Nutcracker; the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.  Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs.

Los Angeles Ballet @ Alex Theatre, Glendale (Dec. 7-8)

Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the city’s own holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, you will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls.  Los Angeles Ballet stays true to the traditions of the holiday story with some surprises! This production is set in 1912 Los Angeles. Throughout the five scenes in two acts you will find hints and tastes of Southern California – a Spanish style home, calla lilies, bougainvillea, the snowy forests of the Sierras, Venice archways, a moonlit Pacific Ocean and more!

Dance Creations @ Aguora Performing Arts Education Center, Agoura Hills (Nov. 22-23)

Dance Creations present The Nutcracker, an 1892 two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with  score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  The libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”.

Degas Dance Studio @ Agoura Performing Arts Education Center, Agoura Hills (Dec. 7-8)

Bring your whole family to share and enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition with a family friendly full ballet production. Featuring Music by Tchaikovsky, professional as well as pre-professional and student performers, beautiful costumes and magical digital backdrops.

The Red Chair Children’s Production Company @ Alex Theatre, Glendale (Dec. 14-15)

Now in its 14th year, The Red Chair’s energetic rendition of this holiday classic features young artists, ages 5 to 18, in principal and supporting roles along with adults. A cast of over 100 will bring to life the enchanting storybook tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve that takes her, and the audience, on a delightful and exciting journey.  Designed to captivate the youngest audience member with its lavish sets and glittering costumes to the oldest with its quality ballet production, Red Chair’s Nutcracker is truly the magical way for all ages to start the holidays!

Los Angeles Youth Ballet @ Alex Theatre, Glendale (Dec. 21-23)

Internationally renowned ballet stars and prominent role models Ashley Murphy and Brooklyn Mack guest star in Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s critically-acclaimed production of The Nutcracker by award-winning choreographer Andrea Paris-Gutierrez, which caps the holiday season with four performances.

Los Angeles Ballet @ The Dolby Theatre, Hollywood (Dec. 20, 21, 22, & 24 )

Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the city’s own holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, you will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls.

Antelope Valley Ballet @ Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Lancaster (Dec. 14-15)

AV Ballet’s 20th Anniversary season at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center begins with a celebration of their 20th production of The Nutcracker. The best known and most beloved of all AV Ballet productions, this Christmas tradition has been seen by tens of thousands. Clara’s holiday journey with her Nutcracker through a battle filled with rats, a magical snowstorm and her visit to an enchanted confection created castle has become a mainstay in our community.

Long Beach Ballet @ The Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach (Dec. 14-15 & 20-22)

This stunning version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet by artistic director David Wilcox has been a Southern Californian holiday favorite for over 30 years years. Accompanied by full symphony orchestra, the Long Beach Nutcracker also boasts sparkling sets and costumes, a cast of over 200, dazzling pyrotechnics and magic effects — along with a special appearance by Rebel, Long Beach Ballet’s gorgeous white Arabian horse. The Los Angeles Times calls Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker “opulent, family-oriented holiday entertainment,” and The Huffington Post raves that it “enchants children and their parents with spectacle and awe.”

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles (Dec. 21-22)

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Bringing holiday joy and goodwill with its 2018 Dove of Peace tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is inspired by the Bolshoi’s 1957 version of Tchaikovsky’s classic. In this always heartwarming spectacle, the young Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the Land of Peace and Harmony, where the Dove takes Masha on a magical trip across the globe, introducing her to the rich and colorful cultures of the world. Filled with premier Russian dancers, larger-than-life nesting dolls, handmade costumes, young local dancers — and even a falling snow effect — this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the entire family, leaving kids “wide-eyed with delight” (The New York Times). And there’s no better place for you and your family to get swept up in the spirit of the holiday than at the beautiful, historic art-deco palace known as L.A.’s Wiltern.

Los Angeles Ballet @ Royce Hall at UCLA, Los Angeles (Dec. 13 -15)

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Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the city’s own holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, you will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls.

Hot Chocolate Nutcracker for Kids @ The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach (Dec. 5-8)

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Actress, dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen’s fun, fresh spin on the classic holiday ballet returns to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for the eighth year in a row. The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (a two-time Goldstar National Nutcracker Award winner) gives the seasonal favorite a rich new cultural context and updated characters, and features a lively contemporary score with original songs from multiple-Grammy-winner Mariah Carey and others. After young Kara receives a nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, she falls asleep and journeys to enchanted lands, including Candy Cane Lane, Egypt, the Rainforest, Jazzland, Russia and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. Great for all ages, little ones will have no trouble following along thanks to the narration by three wisecracking mice. This acclaimed production stars writer-director Debbie Allen, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carlo Imperato, Tichina Arnold and more, plus performers from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre @ The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA, Los Angeles (Dec. 7-8 & 14-15)

The Marat Daukayev Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker features dancers whose artistry and poise belie their young ages. This full-length ballet complete with battling mice and soldiers, an enchanting snowy forest, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score is an audience favorite.  With more than 150 dancers and 500 costumes, acclaimed former Kirov ballet star Marat Daukayev dances the role of Drosselmeyer alongside his amazingly accomplished students in this iconic and magically festive holiday classic.

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Peninsula School of The Performing Arts @ The Norris Center of the Performing Arts, Palos Verdes (Nov. 22-24)

Start your holiday season with the 30th annual production of “The Nutcracker”, presented by Peninsula School of Performing Arts.   A beautiful blend of professionals, pre-professionals, adults and young dancers come together to delight audiences of all ages with this rich rendition of the classical ballet.  World renowned performer Alexander Kalinin, as Herr Drosselmeier, weaves an enchanted story through the dreams of a young girl, Clara, and her Nutcracker.  Her travels take her to the Battle of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King then to the Land of Snow, and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where Clara is greeted by the ever so beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and her court.

Los Angeles Ballet @ Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach (Dec. 28-29)

Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the city’s own holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, you will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls.

Palos Verdes Ballet @ Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre, Rolling Hills Estates (Dec. 14-15)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with this spectacular production of The Nutcracker; the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.

Pasadena Dance Theatre @ San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel (Dec. 14-15 & 21-22)

Each year Pasadena Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker at the Historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. More than 80 dancers magically bring to life Clara’s Christmas Eve dream of a dashing Nutcracker Prince, a devious Mouse King and an ethereal Sugar Plum Fairy. PDT Artistic Director Cynthia Young’s choreography to Tchaikovsky’s memorable musical score dazzles audiences of all ages.

San Pedro City Ballet @ Warner Grand Theater, San Pedro (Dec. 13-15)

San Pedro City Ballet, home of American Ballet Theatre superstar Misty Copeland, presents its 25th annual production of The Nutcracker, with artistic direction by Cynthia and David Patrick Bradley.  Join Clara on a dreamlike journey with a dancing Nutcracker, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a magical Christmas tree.

Santa Clarita Ballet @ The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita (Dec. 14-15)

Join us for the Annual Santa Clarita Ballet production of the Nutcracker!  Filled with vibrant colors, dazzling stage design, and touches of humor, The Nutcracker Ballet is the perfect way to ignite your holiday spirit and be swept away by some of the most accomplished young dancers in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Westside Ballet @ SMC Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7 & 8)

For over 45 years, audiences have thrilled to Westside Ballet’s lavish productions of The Nutcracker.  From the moment the lights dim, you’ll be transported with Clara to a magical world filled with a Christmas tree that grows to the ceiling, menacing mice, a dashing prince who takes her through the land of the dancing snowflakes replete with falling snow led by the shimmering Snow Queen.  As the curtain rises on the second act, angels in clouds welcome Clara and her Prince to the Land of the Sweets where she meets the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy. Clara is entertained by Spanish chocolate, Arabian coffee, Peppermints, Chinese tea, marzipan Mirlitons and more as they each dance for her.  Small Polichinelles pop out from underneath Mother Ginger’s giant skirt and flowers waltz around the delicate Dew Drop Fairy before the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance for Clara and send her off.  Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and the Marius Petipa classic, this is the complete, traditional ballet, from the Victorian-style party scene to the glittering Sugar Plum Fairy.

Pacific Festival Ballet @ Bank of America Performing Arts Center Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks (Dec. 21-22)

New York City Ballet Guest Artists, Tiler Peck & Gonzalo Garcia, return to join our Resident Company.  Complete with opulent sets and costumes along with dazzling choreography for a mega-cast including Kalinin Russian Dance Troupe.  This 26th Nutcracker season promises visions of sugar plums and a 100% chance of snowfall on the audience!

Moorpark Civic Ballet @ Agoura Performing Arts Education Center, Agoura Hills (Dec. 22)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with this spectacular production of The Nutcracker; the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.

Dance West @ The James Armstrong Theatre, Torrance (Dec. 21-22)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with this spectacular production of The Nutcracker; the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.

South Bay Ballet @ The El Camino College Center for the Arts, Torrance (Dec. 21-22)

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The nationally-recognized South Bay Ballet delivers a holiday treat with their creative, accessible interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s classic, now back at the El Camino College Center for the Arts’ Marsee Auditorium in Torrance for the 15th season in a row. Grandmother Clara tells the story of a young girl on Christmas Eve, whose dream of becoming a ballerina takes her on exciting adventures with her Nutcracker Prince, from an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s magical Kingdom of Sweets.

Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

Anaheim Ballet @ The City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim (Dec. 22)

The Anaheim Ballet gets the holiday season off to a sparkling start with its annual production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless dance, with live accompaniment by Symphony Irvine. From towering Christmas trees to menacing mice and more, this version of the quintessential family favorite is always updated to bring fresh thrills to audiences at the City National Grove of Anaheim, who can’t help but get wrapped up in the magical story of young Clara. She dreams that her new toy nutcracker soldier has come to life, and together they experience a fantastical adventure that leads them through an epic battle with the Mouse King to reach the Sugar Plum Fairy’s magical Kingdom of Sweets.

Sunrise Ballet @ ACPA Servite Theatre, Anaheim (Dec. 7-8)

This annual production of Tchaikovsky’s much-beloved holiday ballet from the O.C.’s own Sunrise Ballet captures the true magic of E.T.A. Hoffman’s timeless tale, while remaining fresh through all-new staging and choreography each year. You’ll marvel at the magical adventures of Clara, a young girl whose Christmas Eve gift of a nutcracker comes alive, leading her on an exciting journey that begins with an epic battle between mice and toys and ends with a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. Celebrating its 27th season, the company continues its tradition of donating all performance proceeds to local charities.

Nutcracker for Kids @ The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa (Dec. 7)

Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself!   Enjoy free interactive activities in the lobby inspired by each concert’s theme! Featuring family-friendly arts and crafts, an instrument petting zoo, and opportunities to meet Symphony musicians, local performing groups, and more!  Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. attendees and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. attendees.

American Ballet Theater @ The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa (Dec. 13-15 & 18-22)

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“This Nutcracker is cracking good!” raved the New York Post when American Ballet Theatre premiered this delectable holiday favorite. As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of more than 100 performers, ABT’s The Nutcracker features set and costumes by Richard Hudson (Tony Award winner, The Lion King), with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. The Orange County Register praised it as a “… colorful, cinematic creation filled with spectacle, humor and eye-popping costumes.”

American Pacific Ballet Company @ Plummer Auditorium, Fullerton (Dec. 8-9)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with this spectacular production of The Nutcracker; the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.

Ballet Etudes @ Huntington Beach High School Historic Auditorium, Huntington Beach (Dec. 7-8 & 14-15)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with this spectacular production of The Nutcracker; the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.

Ballet Repertoire Theatre @ Golden West College Mainstage Theater, Huntington Beach (Dec. 7-8, 13-15 & 20-24)

Orange County Dance Center’s pre-professional ballet company, Ballet Repertory Theatre (BRT), presents its 42nd annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet.  Performed in its original, full-length version, this delightful holiday classic has become the longest-running production of its kind in Orange County.

Coast City Ballet @ Huntington Beach Historical Theater, Huntington Beach (Dec. 20-21)

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Experience the magic of dance at Coast City Ballet’s annual production of this famed holiday favorite featuring students, company members and guests artists from throughout California, with dazzling sets, colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Choreographed and directed by Clara D’Autilia, this glittering tale follows young Clara, who receives the gift of a nutcracker at a festive family Christmas party. That night she dreams of a grand adventure that begins with a handsome prince, continues with an epic battle between mice and toys, and comes to a climax with a magical journey to the Land of Sweets where Clara meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and dancers from foreign lands.

Festival Ballet @ The Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine (Dec. 7-8, 13-15, 20-24)

Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of The Nutcracker.  Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland.

Laguna Dance Theatre @ Saddleback College Mckinney Theatre, Mission Viejo (Dec. 19-22)

The holiday tradition would not be complete without joining Clara and her Nutcracker prince to experience the enchanting Nutcracker Ballet presented by the Laguna Ballet in its eleventh season at Saddleback College.  Over 75 Orange County students come together each year, under the direction of Artistic Director Shery Gilbert, to present this full-length Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s most famous composition and the most popular ballet in the world.

Orange County Ballet Theater @ Portola High School Theater, Irvine (Dec. 7-8)

Featuring all the favorites, including Marie, sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers, The Nutcracker is performed by Orange County Ballet Theater. This fully staged production of the beloved holiday classic is certain to enchant audiences of all ages. You’ll see magical effects, exhilarating choreography, award-winning dancers and lovely costumes. Orange County Ballet Theater is the official ballet company of Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy.

Tustin Dance Center @ Plummer Auditorium, Fullerton (Dec. 7-8)

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Tustin Dance Center proudly presents its 14th annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet at Fullerton’s historic Plummer Auditorium, featuring dozens of dancers of all ages. In this enchanting ballet, featuring the famous score by Tchaikovsky, a young girl has a very special Christmas. At a fun-filled family party with dancing, magic and dolls that come to life, Clara receives a special gift: a Nutcracker. That night she dreams of an epic battle between mice and toys, and a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where Clara dances with her Prince and meets the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.

Nutcracker Performances in Riverside and San Bernardino

The Ballet Studio @ Old Town Temecula Community Theater, Temecula (Dec. 13-15 & 20-23)

Having starred in the award-winning feature documentary film, “The Making of The Nutcracker” at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, The Ballet Studio offers their renowned version of the most-performed ballet in the world.  This enchanting tale of a girl’s first love, a Rat King, a Nutcracker, and a Prince, is set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score.  Experience the magic in Clara-Marie’s journey of joy, fear, her first love and with that… excitement, trepidation and fantasy!

Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company, Rim of the World High School Performing Arts CenterLake Arrowhead (Dec. 6-8)

The Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company hopes that, in some magical way, its annual production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, has helped to fulfill the dreams of countless young dancers while forging a memorable bond with our mountain friends and supporters. Through the years we have witnessed a wonderful sense of pride and ownership from the community demonstrated by the eagerness of neighbors and family to volunteer assistance and to promote not only this holiday favorite but all of our outreach and learning endeavors. As each year passes, our commitment strengthens in its aim to awaken a vision in our young.

Inland Pacific Ballet @ Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga  (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7 & 8)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with this spectacular production of The Nutcracker; the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs.

Inland Pacific Ballet @ Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside (Dec. 14-15)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with this spectacular production of The Nutcracker; the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs.

Inland Valley Classical Ballet Theatre @ Old Town Temecula Community Theater, Temecula (Nov. 23-24)

If you could imagine a little girl named Clara, a magical Nutcracker doll, a mysterious magician Drosselmayer, toss in an evil Rat Queen, fearless soldiers, beautiful snowflakes, a breath-taking Sugar Plum fairy and enough sparkling costumes that would make Liberace weep with envy…you are dreaming of the Nutcracker ballet!  Enhanced by Tchaikovsky’s rich score, distinctive choreography, dazzling performance this extravagant production is ideal for children and those of us who can still be carried away to a magnificent world of beauty. This holiday season is somehow unthinkable without it.

Inland Dance Theatre @ California Theatre of the Performing Arts, San Bernardino (Dec. 6-8)

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Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays and lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to this classic holiday dance set to the music of Tchaikovsky. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the story of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince has enraptured generations of children and adults for more than 100 years. Inland Dance Theatre stages their annual production of The Nutcracker with an 80-member cast of amateur and professional dancers and actors from throughout Southern California. Create a new holiday tradition — or relive memories of holidays past — with Tchaikovsky’s immortal The Nutcracker at the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino.

High Desert Youth Ballet @ Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center (Dec. 21)

A Dancer’s Pointe proudly presents the 6th nnnual production of The Nutcracker on Dec. 21 at Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are now on sale.

Nutcracker Performances in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet @ The Arlington, Santa Barbara (Dec. 14-15)

Over 3200 audience members join us during the holiday season,  always the second weekend in December, to experience Nutcracker at the Arlington.   Year after year, we celebrate the wonder and wide-eyed excitement of families strolling through the lobby doors, with anticipation of watching Herr Drosselmeyer’s dolls come to life and the magical Christmas Tree growing up beyond the stage before them.

State Street Ballet @ The Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara (Dec. 21-22)

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State Street Ballet brings this annual holiday favorite to the grandeur of The Granada Theatre. Featuring the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra, and the talented students of Gustafson Dance alongside our professional dancers, this is the perfect way to celebrate the magic of the holiday season. Through virtuosic dancing, opulent sets and costumes, and brilliant comedic moments, the beloved story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince always delights audiences of all ages. Three performances only!

Nutcracker Performances in San Diego

California Ballet Company @ San Diego Civic Theater, San Diego (Dec. 14-15 & 19-20)

It wouldn’t be the holidays without The Nutcracker! Complete with enchanted toys, sparkling Christmas trees and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, this dazzling ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season.  This production even features all-new costumes and sets — talk about an extra special holiday treat!   California Ballet presents Jared Nelson’s highly anticipated all-new Nutcracker at the Civic Theatre. With visionary choreography, sparkling new costumes and sets, and the polish of the San Diego Symphony, this new Nutcracker will light up the Civic stage for the first time this year.

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Toddler-Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker from California Ballet Company @ San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego (Dec. 13 & 20)

It just isn’t the holidays without The Nutcracker, which comes to magical life on the San Diego Civic Theatre stage complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes and a lovely young lady on her way to the Sugar Candy Kingdom. And California Ballet Company offers a toddler-friendly performance of this holiday favorite, with infants and toddlers under age 4 welcome, a photo op with ballerinas and meet-the-cast Sugar Plum party. The show is one hour and features recorded music as it tells the magical story of Clara, who dreams that her new toy nutcracker has come to life. Together, they experience a fantastic adventure that leads them through an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s magical Land of Sweets.

Scripps Ballet Theatre @ The David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre & Fairmont Grand Del Mar, La Jolla (Dec. 13-15)

Discover the joy of the holiday season with this spectacular production of The Nutcracker; the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.

New West Ballet Theatre @ Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway (Nov. 29-30 & Dec. 1)

A party will be had, a battle will be fought, as for the snowflakes, there will be quite a lot!  Reindeers will prance, and candies will dance, beautiful flowers will waltz among the dew, and according to Clara, dreams do come true!

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Casa Del Prado Theater, San Diego (Dec. 13-15 & 20-22)

Take an extraordinary journey to the magical Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker.  Witness an epic battle between toy soldiers and mice before being whisked away to an enchanting land of falling snow, waltzing flowers, and the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy!  Directed by Artistic Director Danika Pramik-Holdaway and set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, this classic holiday production is a beloved San Diego family tradition presented at the iconic Casa del Prado Theater.

Southern California Ballet @ Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway (Dec. 12-13)

Southern California Ballet’s outreach program makes their stunning and much-loved production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker available at a heavily discounted rate ($5 per ticket) for San Diego public, private and homeschool groups, along with individuals with special needs, and senior groups, offering special performances during the school day.

Ballet Institute of San Diego, The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, La Jolla (Dec. 15)

“Nutcracker, No Sugar” is a 60-minute, one act adaptation of the Nutcracker performed by students of San Diego’s premiere Vaganova style pure ballet training program.  Performances at 2 pm and 6 pm.

The City Ballet @ Spreckels Theatre, San Diego (Dec. 6-8, 13-15, & 20-22)

Voted “San Diego’s Best Nutcracker” by San Diego Dance Alliance Tommy Awards, and described as “a plum of a Nutcracker,” by the San Diego Union-Tribune, City Ballet’s 25th annual Nutcracker returns to the historic Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego. This lavish production is fashioned after the choreography of the great Russian master Lev Ivanov who created the very first Nutcracker more than 100 years ago. Virtuoso dancing is complemented by opulent sets, costumes and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score performed live by The City Ballet Orchestra with John Nettles conducting. The cast is made up of professionals from the City Ballet company, with children’s roles performed by the top talent from the City Ballet School. This beloved holiday ballet follows young Clara on an exciting Christmas night journey through an enchanted dreamworld, where she encounters the Nutcracker Prince, fights epic battles and travels to the magical kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Moscow Ballet @ Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego (Dec. 18)

DEAL ALERT: Get discount tickets starting at $43.00 on Goldstar.com or $63.00 on Groupon.com

One of the world’s most magical adaptations of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker pirouettes its way into San Diego once again. Close to 40 renowned dancers bring to life the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas Eve and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. Filled with world-class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens and jubilant Nesting Dolls, this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the whole family when it returns to the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.

San Diego Ballet @ Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego (Dec. 28-29)

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San Diego Ballet brings America’s favorite holiday event to dazzling life in its production of The Nutcracker, which features Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, a cast of over 100 beautifully costumed dancers and members of the San Diego Children’s Choir. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved holiday tale, this glittering production, now in its 27th year, follows young Clara, who receives the gift of a nutcracker at a family Christmas party, magically leading to a grand adventure that begins with a handsome prince and an epic battle between mice and toys, and ends with a journey to the Land of Sweets. Experience this eternal story at Mandeville Theater.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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