The Nutcracker Ballet in Los Angeles: 20+ Performances of the Classic Christmas Ballet

Los Angeles Ballet's gorgeous production soars. Photo by Reed Hutchinson
Los Angeles Ballet's gorgeous production soars. Photo by Reed Hutchinson

Even if your kids aren't ballet lovers, 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 the Los Angeles area is evidently hitting Uber-Christmas in the coming weeks with more than twenty professional Nutcracker ballet productions. After last year's dearth of Sugarplum Fairies, this is a most welcome development!

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 Festival Ballet Theatre down in Costa Mesa; and yes, there are local productions performed with full orchestra—​at the Long Beach Terrace Theater, the Broad Stage, the Dolby Theatre, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the Grove of Anaheim. There is even a spectacular Nutcracker Tea—in case you were wondering.

And when you've had your fill of the Mouse King, we can direct you to some nifty Christmas train rides, Christmas lighting displays, and more at our Holiday and Christmas Activities Guide.

Places featured in this article:


Bob Baker Marionette Theater

A-PAEC MainStage Theater at Agoura High School

Calabasas Performing Arts Education Center on the campus of Calabasas High School

The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre

City National Grove of Anaheim

Coast Hills Church Theater

Casa Romanitca Cultural Center and Gardens

California Theatre of the Performing Arts
Kids Club Palisades Village
Palisades Village - 10:00 AM Pick
Mart Littles Music
Brentwood Country Mart - 11:15 AM Pick
Guided Sunset Hike in Malibu
Charmlee Wilderness Park - 7:00 PM Pick
Circus Vargas Express (Laguna Hills)
Laguna Hills Mall - various times Pick
Pop-up Kids Club (2nd & PCH)
2nd & PCH - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides