Most of the year, most of us parents don't attempt to take our children to full-length ballet productions, but Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas without one good Nutcracker. And if one good Nutcracker begins to make it feel a lot like Christmas, then LA, Orange, and Ventura counties are evidently hitting Uber-Christmas in the coming weeks with more than two dozen professional Nutcracker productions.
Incidentally, we've got answers to the two questions posed most often by LA parents in search of a Nutcracker Ballet for their families: Yes, there is a condensed version staged specifically for kids, offered by the Pacific Ballet down in Costa Mesa, and yes, there are local productions performed with full orchestra - at the Long Beach Terrace Theater, the Broad Stage, and the Anaheim Ballet. There is even the odd Nutcracker Tea—in case you were wondering.
Below we have a list of all the SoCal performances of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic by theater; you can also view the options chronologically. (Hint: The first one has already begun!)