Mice with swords! Dancing dolls! The Nutcracker is way better than TV any day, and it’s leaping onto stages across the SoCal.
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The Nutcracker in Rancho Cucamonga
December 1-9: Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and more than 80 dancers on stage. A fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination.This is family entertainment at its best! Dates and times vary, see website for ticket information. $27+.
The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet
December 1-24: An L.A. tradition, “The Nutcracker” is the perfect holiday event for children, family and friends to celebrate the season. Set on Christmas Eve in L.A. in 1912, Clara dreams of faraway lands, snow-covered landscapes and a most memorable Mouse King. Special appearances by the cast of characters and Santa Claus at each performance. Ticket prices vary per venue. See website for details.
The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in Redondo Beach
December 6-9: Following the idea of the original, it’s Christmas Eve and the Johnsons are having a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate her favorite. She falls asleep and the journey begins when the Nutcracker comes alive! $40-110. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
Nutcracker for Kids in Costa Mesa
December 8: Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids ages 5-11. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself! Saturday, 10 a.m. Try a musical instrument, meet the performers and enjoy musical arts and crafts. $35+. Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
The Nutcracker at the Dolby Theater
December 8-9: Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is LA’s ultimate family holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this original production takes place in 1912 Los Angeles. You will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls. All performances feature a live orchestra. $46-124. See website for details.
The Nutcracker Ballet in Fullerton
December 8-9: American Pacific Ballet Company’s Nutcracker will charm young and old alike this holiday season. Choreography by Mignon Furman features lively children, scampering mice, a thrilling battle, magical transformations, a mysteriously “growing” Christmas tree, delicately falling snow, and beautiful dancers. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 6 p.m. $20-30. Plummer Auditorium.
The Nutcracker in Glendale
December 8-9: A timeless Tchaikovsky ballet, featuring young performers (5-18) in principal and supporting roles along with adults. Amidst lavish sets and glittering costumes, a cast of over 100 will bring to life the enchanting storybook tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve that takes her, and the audience, on a delightful and exciting journey. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 6 p.m. $25-45. The Alex Theatre.
The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes in Huntington Beach
December 8-9: The classic production, performed by the students of the non-profit youth ballet company. Dates and times vary, see website for details. $20-30. Huntington Beach High School Theater.
The Nutcracker by Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre
December 8 and 9: Marching toy soldiers, waltzing snowflakes, mischievous mice, and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score are quintessential hallmarks of the holidays. Celebrate the season with Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre’s presentation of The Nutcracker, a holiday ballet for the whole family. Featuring dancers of all ages. Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. $42+. The Luckman Theater, Los Angeles.
The Nutcracker in Placentia
December 9: Art of Dance and Ballet Academy presents its holiday show, The Nutcracker! Sunday, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. $18-20. Valencia High School Auditorium.
Festival Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Tea Party
December 8-24: Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of The Nutcracker. Perfect for all ages, Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly production of the cherished holiday classic features superb, colorful scenery and dazzling costumes. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production features world-renowned guest artists, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland. Also, enjoy a pre-show Nutcracker Tea Party, before select performances, with tea, lemonade, finger sandwiches and sweet treats with Clara herself; champagne for the grown-ups as well. Clara will join in, and expect a special appearance by the Nutcracker Prince and his archenemy, the Mouse King, too. Photo opportunities and party favor for each guest included. Additional ticket required; limited number available. Visit their website for dates, times and ticket prices. Family Night: Friday, December 14, 7 p.m. performance: save $10 per ticket when purchasing four or more tickets.
The Nutcracker in Mission Viejo
December 13-16: Students from the Laguna Dance Theater perform with professional guest artists in this annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Dates and time vary, see website for more information. $22-26. Saddleback College McKinney Theater.
American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 14-23: An irresistible Southern California tradition returns as American Ballet Theatre and Segerstrom Center for the Arts present Alexei Ratmansky’s sumptuous production of The Nutcracker. A cast of more than 100 performers will take you on a dreamlike adventure, amid colorful, larger-than-life scenery, dancing toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a glittering Christmas tree! Show times vary, see website for ticket information. Tickets start at $29.
Great Russian Nutcracker at the Wiltern
December 14-15: Celebrate the holiday season with the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Featuring brand new over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets, nesting dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Friday, 7 p.m. and Saturday 1 and 5 p.m. $33+. The Wiltern Theatre.
The Ultimate Nutcracker Experience in Irvine
December 14-16: From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with dancing snowflakes, a dashing prince, and Tchaikovsky’s majestic score based on one of the world’s most beloved ballets, presented by Maple Youth Ballet. See website for ticket information.
The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 14-23: Treat the whole family to this holiday tradition as the American Ballet Theatre returns its critically acclaimed production. Enjoy the sounds and movements of ballet and the enchantment of the holidays. Visit site for dates and times. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Hall.
Strong Studios Presents The Nutcracker in Huntington Beach
December 15: Bring family and friends to an affordable show featuring seasoned dancers and local kids. Visit website for times and prices.
South Coast Ballet Theater Presents The Nutcracker in Laguna Niguel
December 15-16: Join the Dance Discovery Foundation for this annual holiday tradition and experience the magic of The Nutcracker. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 6 p.m. $30. Tickets for the production are assigned and reception tickets are limited. Capistrano Valley Performing Arts Center.
The Nutcracker in Torrance
December 15-16: See top-notch dancers from South Bay Ballet perform the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Adults, $36; kids (12 and younger), $24. El Camino College Center for the Arts.
The Nouveau Chamber Ballet’s Nutcracker in Fullerton
December 15-16: Enjoy The Nouveau Chamber Ballet’s Nutcracker, a timeless classic for all ages. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. $28-35. Fullerton College Campus Theatre.
The Nutcracker in Agoura Hills
December 15-16: Journey to Candyland with the traditional Christmas tale with California Dance Academy. This large scale professional production features the talents of over 90 academy dancers alongside professional guest dancers. Thursday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Friday, 1 and 5:30 p.m. See website for ticket information. Performing Arts Education Center.
The Nutcracker by Studio Fusion in Huntington Beach
December 20-22: Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet about a young girl, Clara, who is given a Nutcracker for Christmas by her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. But this is no ordinary Nutcracker as Clara learns that very night. After a great battle with the Mouse King, the Nutcracker turns into a Prince. He takes Clara on a magical journey through the Land of the Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy honors the couple with entertainment from around the world. Thursday-Saturday. Visit website for times. Huntington Beach Central Library.
Long Beach Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
December 15-16 and 21-23: The 36th anniversary of Southern California’s most popular production of “The Nutcracker.” The Long Beach Ballet will once again present its trade-mark flying sleigh, amazing pyrotechnics, magical theatrical effects, full symphony orchestra and guest appearances by world-class ballet stars. “Crammed with special effect, the familiar Long Beach Ballet version of “The Nutcracker” has nearly everything money can buy. Opulent, family-oriented holiday entertainment, seek no further!” Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times. Matinee and evening performances. $34-78; VIP tickets, $115. Group discounts are available. Long Beach Terrace Theater.
The Nutcracker by Coast City Ballet in Huntington Beach
December 21-22: Follow Clara to Candyland with the traditional Christmas tale performed by Coast City Ballet. Friday, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 2 p.m. $24+
The Nutcracker at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
December 22: This most beloved holiday classic comes to vibrant life in the acclaimed production from Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet. The majestic sounds of Tchaikovsky’s legendary score are matched by sumptuous sets & costumes. Join young Clara on a magical adventure with her Nutcracker Prince, as she travels through the beautiful Land of the Snowflakes to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets. Humor, virtuosic dancing, and breathtaking choreography create a richly beautiful performance to delight audiences of all ages. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices.
Southern California Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker in Downey
December 22-23: Celebrate the spirit of the season as Clara takes a fragrant trip around a delectable world with her magical Nutcracker Prince. This family friendly story is the perfect annual holiday tradition to start with your family! Saturday-Sunday. Show times vary, see website for details. $35.
The Nutcracker at Regal Theaters
December 23: For one day only Regal Theater is delighted to bring the timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” performed and captured live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, to select Regal Theaters nationwide. Check the web for locations and times.
The Nutcracker by the Anaheim Ballet
December 23: The holiday season comes to life in Anaheim Ballet’s Nutcracker, the heartwarming tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Doll who changes her woeful winter into a fanciful feast in Candyland. Experience a spectacle of towering Christmas trees, waltzing flowers, battling toy soldiers, and menacing mice. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. $25-$50. City National Grove of Anaheim.