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10 Places to See The Nutcracker This Season

Celebrate the holiday season with a performance of the classic ballet.

A holiday tradition among families all over the world, The Nutcracker follows Clara on a magical journey to the Land of Sweets. Coloradans can witness the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet at various performances around the Denver metro area, throughout the month of December.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 8 and 9, times vary by date. Enjoy the 25th anniversary tour of this performance of the holiday classic. $28-$89. Paramount Theatre, Denver

The Nutcracker Experience

December 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Enjoy a free performance of the ballet, presented by Allana’s Academy of Dance. Register by phone or online. Douglas County Libraries, James H. LaRue, Highlands Ranch

The Golden Nutcracker

December 9-10, 1-3 p.m. See the performance by Golden Dance Arts students, showing Clara’s magical adventure to the Land of Sweets. $10. The Oriental Theater, Denver

Ballet on Screen: The Nutcracker 

December 24 and 27, 1 p.m. Enjoy Royal Ballet’s holiday performance. $15. Reservations required. Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

The Nutcracker by Colorado Ballet

Through December 24, times vary by date. See the 57th annual production, featuring Tchaikovsky’s arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. $30 and up. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver

The Nutcracker Circus: A Winter’s Dream

December 9, 2-4 p.m. Experience the classic story with acrobats, jugglers, and aerialists. Bring a toy donation to benefit Dolls for Daughters. $22.50-$36.50. Newman Center, Denver

The Nutcracker of Parker

December 14-17, times vary by date. See The Colorado School of Dance’s 13th anniversary production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. Age 6 and up. 
$24-$29. PACE Center, Parker

The Nutcracker presented by International Youth Ballet

December 1-2, times vary by date. Enjoy a production suitable for the whole family. $30. Gates Concert Hall, The Newman Center, Denver

The Nutcracker with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra

December 2-3, times vary by date. See a production with the Boulder Ballet, young student dancers, and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. $12-$35. Reservations required. Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, Longmont

The Story of the Nutcracker

Through December 23, times vary by date. See an adaptation of the classic story. $10. Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

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