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Your ultimate guide to Seattle-area holiday 'Nutcracker' performances

Photo: Angela Stirling, courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet



Pacific Northwest Ballet 

When the curtain goes up on George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a new era for the Pacific Northwest Ballet will rush in. Following the monumental 32-season run of the Stowell/Sendak production, PNB promises to dazzle audiences with both the familiar and the new with a genuine hometown extravaganza — 99 percent of the entire production was crafted by artisans, craftspeople, carpenters, painters and animators in Seattle, including a Christmas star by glass artist Dale Chihuly.

George Balanchine’s choreography, Olivia the Pig author/illustrator Ian Falconer’s stage and costume design and the PNB Orchestra's performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic will usher in a new holiday age for PNB while preserving this much-loved local tradition. The Nutcracker will feature 48 dancers in a full-length, two-hour performance certain to bring Clara’s dreams to life for a new generation of fans. 

PNB also makes the tradition of The Nutcracker more than just a performance with a number of kid-friendly special events. Swedish Pediatrics’ Teddy Bear Clinic will offer give your kiddo’s favorite teddy bear, doll or toy a checkup and make their boo-boos all better. Nutcracker Suites at McCaw Hall will offer an extra-special intermission, with treats like a self-service candy station, hot drinks and beverages for adults. Nutcracker Tea is an exclusion post-show reception where you little ones can enjoy a kid-friendly buffet, meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and more. For more information or to get tickets to these special events, visit pnb.org.

McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle

Nov. 27-Dec. 28

$25-$156 adults; $22-$141 for children 12 and under

206-441-2426; pnb.org


ARC Dance

A family-friendly performance designed specifically with kids in mind. Performed by the students of the ARC School of Ballet, the ARC Youth Dance Company and ARC Dance’s professional dancers, Nutcracker Sweets run a sweet, abbreviated, hour-long performance of the classic ballet.


ARC Dance Space, 9250 14th Ave. NW, Seattle

Dec. 11-13

$20 adults, $10 kids under 10


Shorewood Performing Arts Center, Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave. N, Shoreline

Dec. 19

$30 adults, $20 kids under 10

206-352-0798, arcdance.org


Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish Preparatory Dance Company and the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College for the Arts present a reimagined Nutcracker that captures the classic elements of the original ballet. The production features students ages 6 to 18 and is suitable for all ages; however, no babes in arms are allowed. Families with small children are advised that there is a small amount of smoke and a loud bang during a battle scene.

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St., Seattle

Dec. 18-20

$20 general, $16 children under 12, seniors and students




Enjoy a Santa Breakfast and mini Nutcracker performance by DASSdance. Continental breakfast, door prizes and balloon magic for the kids are part of the festivities. You can also get your picture taken with both Santa and Nutcracker characters!

Century Ballroom, 915 E Pine St., Seattle

Dec. 12-13; Dec. 19-20

$20 general, $15 children and seniors. Children under 2 admitted for free if not occupying a seat. Discounted tickets available if reserving an entire table.



Roosevelt Jazz Band

Sure, it’s not a dance performance, but Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Jazz Nutcracker performed by the Roosevelt Jazz Band has the potential to become your family’s new Nutcracker tradition. 

Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theatre, 1410 NE 66th St., Seattle 

Dec. 5-6

$15 adults, $12 students and seniors



Emerald Ballet Theatre

Emerald Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker features the Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra as well as guest performers from the Alabama Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.


Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell

Dec. 5-6 and 12-13

$35 adults, $31.50 seniors, $20 youth



Evergreen City Ballet

With new costumes and new sets as well as newly remodeled venues, Evergreen City Ballet’s The Nutcracker is primed for holiday magic. With abbreviated one-hour and two-hour, full-length productions available (performances at IKEA Performing Arts Center are all full-length), families will be able to enjoy their journey into the Land of Dreams. Dancers in full costume meet guests in the lobby following performances.


The Theatre at Meydenbauer, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue

Dec. 4-6

$26-$32 adult, $18.50 seniors, $16 child/student


Auburn Performing Arts Center, 702 4th St. NE, Auburn

Dec. 12-13

$26-$32 adult, $18.50 seniors, $16 child/student


Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. 2nd St., Renton

Dec. 19-20

$26-$32 adult, $18.50 seniors, $16 child/student



International Ballet Theatre

Traditional Russian choreography by Vera Altunina, vibrant sets and “exotic Arabian dancers” make IBT’s Nutcracker performance a family destination on the Eastside. Total runtime is one hour 50 minutes with a brief intermission. 


Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland

Dec. 5-6

$45 adult, $25 youth


The Theatre at Meydenbauer, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue

Dec. 11-23

$50 adult, $25 children; opening night $38 adult, $25 child



Washington School of Dance

WSD presents an abbreviated family-friendly performance of the Nutcracker featuring ballet students in their own interpretation of the classic.

Snohomish High School, 1316 5th St., Snohomish 

Dec. 12-13


425-481-7899, washingtonschoolofdance.com


Olympic Ballet Theatre

Full-length traditional productions of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, as well as abridged matinees, are presented by the Olympic Ballet Theatre. Matinee performances include a behind-the-scenes show called “The Introduction to the Magic of Theatre.” School/group affiliation isn’t required to attend these performances.


Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett

Dec. 11-13

$37.50 adults, $32.50 students and seniors, $25 children


Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds

Dec. 17-20

$37.50 adults, $32.50 students and seniors, $25 children


425-774-7570, olympicballet.com


Northwest Ballet Theater

The Nutcracker has been performed by the Northwest Ballet Theater since 1999, growing more elaborate through the years. Artistic director John Bishop oversees this production featuring scenic backdrops made in Russia and tutus handcrafted in New York. The performance runs for two hours with one 15-minute intermission.


Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H St., Blaine

Dec. 5-6

$20 adults, $15 children, seniors, military


Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N Commercial St., Bellingham

Dec. 11-13

$26-$34 adults, $23-$26 students and seniors


McIntyre Hall, 2501 E College Way, Mount Vernon

Dec. 19-20




Tacoma City Ballet

The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut is a production that expands upon the classic Russian Nutcracker to include the prequel tale of the hard nut. Erin M. Ceragioli oversees TCB’s production while Maestro Bernard Kwiram directs the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra. 

Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

Dec. 12-13, 19-20


253-591-5894, tacomacityballet.com

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