Los Angeles Ballet. Photo by Reed Hutchinson
Los Angeles Ballet. Photo by Reed Hutchinson

The Nutcracker: 30 LA Holiday Performances of the Classic Christmas Ballet

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 Festival Ballet Theatre down in Costa Mesa or Classical Ballet Theatre in Palos Verdes; 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 the odd Nutcracker Tea or two—in case you were wondering.

And when you've had your fill of Sugarplum Fairies, we can direct you to some nifty Christmas train rides, too.


Hollywood & Highland Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

American Girl Store at the Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Wiltern Theatre
3790 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Blvd. 216 North Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203

The Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd
Glendale , CA 91203

Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
320 S Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776

A-PAEC MainStage Theater at Agoura High School
28545 W. Driver Avenue
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Calabasas Performing Arts Education Center on the campus of Calabasas High School
22855 West Mulholland Hwy
Calabasas, CA 91302

Calabasas Performing Arts Education Center on the campus of Calabasas High School
22855 West Mulholland Hwy
Calabasas, CA 91302

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd Fred Kavli Theatre
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd Fred Kavli Theatre
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Warner Grand Theatre
478 West 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Long Beach Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach , CA 90278

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre
27570 Crossfield Drive
Palos Verdes, CA 90274

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre
27570 Crossfield Drive
Palos Verdes, CA 90274

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre
27570 Crossfield Drive
Palos Verdes, CA 90274

City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 East Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806

Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Saddleback McKinney Theater
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, 92626

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive (formerly the OCPAC)
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Fox Performing Arts Center
3801 Mission Inn Ave
Riverside, CA 92501

Lewis Family Playhouse
12505 Cultural Center Drive Victoria Gardens Cultural Center
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College
450 N College Way
Claremont , CA 91711

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
18000 Park Plaza Dr
Cerritos, CA 90703