The Nutcracker Ballet: It just may be the most classic of holiday traditions. And while the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker is the most traditional of them all, Boston families have numerous options to choose from—traditional performances to modern interpretations, full-length, lavish staging to less elaborate productions just right for young audiences. They all promise to bring that Nutcracker charm that will keep adults wide-eyed, too.
Below we have a list of this year's Boston-area performances of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, coming to multiple stages in the coming weeks.
Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker - Boston
Opens November 25, 2016
Cost: $35 & up
Boston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is a traditional holiday event for the whole family. Join Clara on her magical journey through an enchanted winter wonderland to a palace of sugary confections.
Jose Mateo’s The Nutcracker - Dorchester and Boston
Opens November 25, 2016
José Mateo Ballet Theatre presents the classic holiday tale at the Cutler Majestic Theatre beginning November 25 and the Strand Theater in Dorchester beginning December 11.
Ballet Arts Worcester’s The Nutcracker - Worcester
November 25-27, 2016
Jump start the holiday season with The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Share the magic and beauty of this beloved Worcester production with your favorite loved ones.
Dance Prism’s The Nutcracker - Sudbury, Littleton, Worcester, Andover, Fall River
Opens November 27, 2016
Cost: Adults $26; Children $20
Dance Prism’s annual production of The Nutcracker includes a cast of professional dancers and ballet students based throughout the northeast region and eastern seaboard. Young audience members have the opportunity to meet Clara and the Nutcracker after each performance. Performances are in Sudbury, Littleton, Worcester, Andover, and Fall River.
Commonwealth Ballet’s The Nutcracker - Weston
November 25-27 & December 9-11, 2016
Cost: $20 & up
Accompanied by Tchaikovsky's memorable score and some special guest stars, the dancers of Commonwealth Ballet and over 80 local performers offer a magical show. Performances are in Weston.
MetroWest Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll - Hudson
December 3, 2016
Great for a first glimpse at the Nutcracker for all ages, the MetroWest Ballet's Nutcracker at the Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll includes excerpts from the full-length ballet.
International Ballet Academy of Norwell’s The Nutcracker - Hingham, Burlington
December 3-11, 2016
Students from the International Ballet Academy of Norwell perform the classic tale in Hingham and Burlington.
Walnut Hill School’s The Nutcracker - Natick
December 6-17, 2016
Walnut Hill School's Dance Department presents the annual holiday classic.
Urban Nutcracker - Boston
Opens December 16, 2016
Cost: $25 & up
Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker (pictured) puts a modern spin on the 19th Century fairy tale, fusing Tchaikovsky’s classic score with Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation. Urban Nutcracker features the all-new Tony Williams Ballet Company and more than 100 local dancers performing classic ballet, urban tap, hip hop, swing, flamenco, step, and jazz. Read our review to find out why it's our pick for a child's first trip to the ballet.
Northeast Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker - Andover
December 8-11, 2016
The young dancers in the Northeast Youth Ballet perform a classic version of The Nutcracker.
MetroWest Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party - Marlborough
December 10-11, 2016
Great for younger audiences, the MetroWest Ballet's Nutcracker Tea Party is a one-hour family-friendly production shown in one act.
Photo: The Urban Nutcracker, by Karen Melkonian
Originally published November 2012; Updated 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016