The free performance of the The Nutcracker at Brookfield place is  great for a first time ballet-goers. Photo courtesy of Brookfield Place
The free performance of the The Nutcracker at Brookfield place is great for a first time ballet-goers. Photo courtesy of Brookfield Place

Where to See the Nutcracker in NYC: 20+ Family Shows in 2019

The Nutcracker ballet is a classic holiday experience for kids and parents, and NYC offers dozens of wonderful interpretations of this beautiful Christmas show.

While many children love the energy and drama of The Nutcracker—from the sweet Sugar Plum fairy visit to the frantic battle with the Rat King—it can be long for some. So we've rounded up more than 20 variations of The Nutcracker playing this season in all five boroughs, from Lincoln Center's iconic classic iteration to just-for-kids versions. On the Upper East Side, you can dance along to the orchestra! We've also found a Flamenco version and one that features stunning marionettes. Many of our picks are abridged versions and inexpensive (or FREE) while still radiating enough dazzle to keep kids wide-eyed.

Click through to check our listings for all the details, including addresses, times, and recommended ages. Check our event calendar for more children's shows and holiday theater.


Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY N

David Koch Theater at Lincoln Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
NY, NY 10023

Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73rd St
New York, NY 10021

Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
230 Vesey St
New York, NY 10281

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

Manhattan Youth DCC Tribeca
120 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
E. 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues
New York, NY 10021

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street between Park and Madison Avenues
New York, NY 10022

Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance
126 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues
NY, NY 10003

Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

The Flea Theater
20 Thomas Street
New York, NY 10007

Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

Kings Theatre
1027 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Kings Theatre
1027 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Kings Theatre
1027 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Long Island University-Kumble Theater
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354

Queens Dance Project
214-26 41 Ave
BAYSIDE, NY 11361

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
31-10 Thomson Ave LaGuardia Community College
Long Island City, NY 11101

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
31-10 Thomson Ave LaGuardia Community College
Long Island City, NY 11101

Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367

Jamaica Performing Art Center (JPAC)
153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica, NY 11432

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
New York, NY 10468

St. George Theater
35 Hyatt Street
Staten Island, NY 10301