Where to See The Nutcracker In and Around Westchester

The Nutcracker In and Around Westchester
The Nutcracker performed by the New York City Ballet; photo by Paul Kolnik and the George Balanchine Trust.

2022 The Nutcracker In and Around Westchester

One of our favorite ways to kick off the holiday season is to check out a production of “The Nutcracker.”  There are many local productions of this beloved tale in and around Westchester, including shorter versions for younger kids, reimagined hip-hop versions, versions for those with sensory needs, and classic full-scale productions. Check out our list of where to check out “The Nutcracker” in and around Westchester with your kids.

Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 pm 
Nutcracker: Magical Christmas Ballet (Port Chester)

See one of the first area productions of “The Nutcracker” at infamous Capitol Theatre. This year marks the show’s 30th anniversary tour where you and your kids can watch the magic of this show unfold, signified by its larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics, and dazzling costumes. The production features performers of the Ukraine ballet, showcasing their incredible skill and artistry. Save up to 15% at check-out by using the code ROSES. The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, NY 914–937–4126. thecapitoltheatre.com

Friday, November 25th-Saturday, December 31st, various times
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (NYC)

Take a fun family trip to NYC To see New York City’s Ballet’s production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.” Performances run daily until December 31st. Check the website for times. Tickets range from $140 to $300. David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plz., New York, NY. 212-496-0600. nycballet.com

Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd, various times
The Nutcracker in New Rochelle

Watch Ajkun Ballet Theatre join forces with children of the community for this magical version. Choreographed by Chiara Ajkun, watch the story of Clara, her toymaker uncle and the Nutcracker unfolds as you and your kids enjoy the playful battles to their journey to the Kingdom of Sweets. Linda Kelly Theater, 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801. eventbrite.com/e/the-nutcracker-in-new-rochelle-tickets-398650102187

Monday, December 3rd-Friday, December 23rd, various times
My First Nutcracker (NYC)

This version of “The Nutcracker” is ideal for kids ages 3-8 years old. Families are invited to join Clara Marie and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers, and a mouse king! Performances are held on Sunday, December 11th at 2pm and Saturday, December 17th at 11am. Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036. nycchildrenstheater.org

Sunday, December 11th at 12:30pm and 5:00pm
Central Park Dance Presents The Nutcracker (Port Chester)

Enjoy a production of “The Nutcracker” from Central Park Dance. This beloved classic features over 100 dancers from Central Park Dance and surrounding Westchester communities. Featuring Luciana Paris, soloist with ABT and Jose Sebastian Corps and Director of ABT Incubator. Tickets range from $34.00 – $129.00 per person. Children under age three are free if they are able to sit on a parent’s lap. The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573. thecapitoltheatre.com

Friday, December 16th-December 18th, various times
The Nutcracker: Westchester Ballet Theater (The Bronx)

See Westchester Ballet Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. This production features incredible choreography, stunning costumes, and fun special effects. Various times. Tickets range from $24-$55 per person. Lehman Center for Performing Arts, Concert Hall, 250 Bedford Park Blvd W, The Bronx, NY 10468. thenutcrackerwestchesterballet.com

Nutcracker in and around Westchester
The Hip Hop Nutcracker Featuring MC Kurtis Blow

Saturday, December 17th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
The Hip Hop Nutcracker Featuring MC Kurtis Blow (Newark)

See a revamped version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet with “The Hip Hop Nutcracker.” Enjoy. innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of the beloved story from traditional 19th century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. Tickets range from $25-$75 per person. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102. njpac.org

Sunday, December 18th at 3:00pm
The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine Presents: The Nutcracker (Newark)

The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine’s holiday spectacle transports you to a dazzling winter wonderland in this exceptional matinee performance. Step into choreographer Andrei Litvinov’s magical world of toy soldiers and colorful characters. The beautiful costumes, spectacular sets, and enchanting choreography of Tchaikovsky’s beloved musical score will create an unforgettable memory for you and your loved ones this holiday season! Tickets range from $39-$89 per person. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102.njpac.org

Sunday, December 18th at 3:00pm and 6:00pm
The Nutcracker Performed by New York Theatre Ballet (Tarrytown)

See this hour-long production of “The Nutcracker” performed by New York Theater Ballet. This production was created for younger audiences, offering a great way to introduce kids to the show while also being sophisticated enough for adults. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Floor 2, Tarrytown, NY. tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/eventperformances.asp

Sunday, December 18th at 3:30pm
The Nutcracker: Short and Sweet (Peekskill)

“The Nutcracker, Short and Sweet” is a perfect introduction to this classic show for kids ages three and older. Performed by dancers from the Hudson Valley and narrated from the point of view of Clara, this one-hour production will keep the attention of the youngest audience members. Paramount Hudson Valley, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill NY 10566. paramounthudsonvalley.com

Nutcracker Dream (White Plains)
Nutcracker Dream

Monday, Dec 26, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm, Tuesday Dec 27, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm, Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm, Thursday Dec 29, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm, Friday, Dec 30, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm
Nutcracker Dream (White Plains)

Inspired by the work of Marius Petipa and Rudolf Nureyev, “Nutcracker Dream” is a one-hour and 15 minutes family-friendly adaptation of the seasonal favorite. This production was created by choreographer Carole Alexis, and performed by Westchester’s premier dance company Carole Alexis Ballet Theatre / Ballet des Amériques. Professional dancers from the company perform the featured roles of the ballet, while additional roles will be cast by audition among young dancers from across the area. The intimate  performances will take place at KOI Creative Event Space at 169 Mamaroneck Avenue on the second floor above Lilly’s,  a restaurant reminiscent of the great Victorian “gin palaces” that thrived in industrial cities of England and Northern  Ireland. Lilly’s will be host to a unique Sugarplum Holiday Tea experience at 4pm each day during the week of  performances except Tuesday. Lilly’s and its sister restaurant Hudson Grille also will be offering a complimentary drink to Nutcracker Dream ticket holders during the entirety of the performance run.

They also offer a Sugar Plum & Cavalier Dream Package for $75 per person. This includes a meet and greet with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Cavalier and Marie after the performance and a picture with them on the Nutcracker Dream set.  The Dream Package also includes: VIP seating, a complimentary beverage prior the performance, a swag bag filled with goodies including a special holiday treat, and a Nutcracker Dream t-shirt as a special memento. The funds from the Sugar Plum & Cavalier Dream Package help to support this production and keep ticket prices  affordable for all to enjoy the magic of this holiday classic. KOI Creative Event Space, 169 Mamaroneck Avenue, 2nd Floor. balletdesameriques.company/tickets