The Nutcracker Ballet and Other Holiday Shows for Kids Near DC in 2022

See The Nutcracker performed by the Kansas City Ballet. Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center
See The Nutcracker performed by the Kansas City Ballet. Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Seeing The Nutcracker ballet is one of the most classic holiday experiences for families, and no two productions are alike. We've found over a dozen variations of The Nutcracker taking place in the DC area in 2022, from the Washington Ballet's historic twist to The Hip Hop Nutcracker to Maryland Youth Ballet's abbreviated version of the show, The Mini-Nut.

In addition to the The Nutcracker, families can take in a variety of other holiday shows, including A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins at Glen Echo Park, and contemporary shows such as Step Afrika! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show.

Read on for our list of performances of The Nutcracker ballet and other holiday shows near DC. For more holiday fun in 2022, check out our Christmas Activities and Holiday Guide for DC kids and our Family Activity Calendar.

Many of these holiday shows are popular and sell out quickly, so be sure to purchase advance tickets. Subscribe to our newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox.

Places featured in this article:


The Kennedy Center Opera House

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre- Rockville Civic Center Park

George Mason University Center for the Arts

Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center

George Mason University Center for the Arts

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

George Mason University Center for the Arts

Wolf Trap Filene Center

Discovery Theater – Ripley Center

George Mason University Center for the Arts

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Season's Greenings at US Botanic Garden
United States Botanic Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Georgetown GLOW
Georgetown - 5:00 PM Pick
Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion
Reston Town Center - various times Pick
Emotions at Play with Pixar's Inside Out
National Children's Museum - 9:30 AM
Let's Learn Circuits Online Camp
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides