The Nutcracker Ballet has become a family tradition for many each year around the holidays. Taking the whole family out to the ballet can take a bite out of your Christmas shopping budget. So I’ve made it my tradition to round up the special discount ticket offers (NorCal Nutcrackers and SoCal Nutcrackers) for as many performances as I can find to post at the bottom of this page. These are available from a few trusted ticket sources.
UPDATE: All tickets are gone for 2016. Check back next year for December 2017 Nutcracker deals.
Each city has its own way of presenting the timeless story of Clara and the Prince. Which Nutcracker is the best? It depends on where you live, your personal likes, and your family needs. As one example, in my neck of the woods, the San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker features a special backdrop that depicts the City of San Francisco during the 1915 World’s Fair, and the dancers are decked out in Victorian costumes. This year Los Angeles has something everyone’s taking about called the Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. And in Beverly Hills, you can catch the time-honered tale with a hip-hop twist. This year you’ll also see special performances for toddlers and a special show promising to be autism and sensory-friendly.
Often considered the best is Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker, on tour in several cities. This one follows composer Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score. But their second act journey goes to the “Land Of Peace and Harmony” to symbolize cultural unity, instead of visiting the sugar plum fairies scene.
SAVVY TIP: You don’t need a coupon code to crack the deals listed below. None of the current offers need one, although some sources require free sign up to access the best price. These do tend to sell out way ahead of holiday time, so if you know you want to go, plan ahead and save.