Ashley Murphy Wilson as Lady Liberty in The Nutcracker, as performed by the Washington Ballet. Photo courtesy of washingtonballet.org
Ashley Murphy Wilson as Lady Liberty in The Nutcracker, as performed by the Washington Ballet. Photo courtesy of washingtonballet.org

Where to See The Nutcracker and Other Holiday Shows Near DC

As they say in the theater, the show must go on! Live theater is back this year in the DC area (with many safety precautions), and there's no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by seeing a great show. From classic productions of The Nutcracker ballet to contemporary musicals like The Elf on the Shelf, there are shows to delight all ages and audiences in 2021.

Many theaters are requiring proof of Covid vaccination or a negative Covid test to enter, so be sure to check the theaters' websites before buying tickets. And if you and your family are looking for more Christmas and holiday fun in 2021, check out our holiday guide for DC kids.

Read on for our list of performances of The Nutcracker ballet and other Christmas and holiday shows near DC.

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George Mason University Center for the Arts

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