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.

2023 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. Read on to check out our packed list where to check out “The Nutcracker” in and around Westchester with your kids.

Psst…check out this list of Westchester Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs

Friday, November 24th-Sunday, December 31st, various times
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (NYC)

Take a 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.

Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd, various times
The Nutcracker

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. 

Saturday, December 2nd-Thursday, December 21st, 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! Additionally, NYCCT is offering sensory friendly performances on Sunday, December 10th at 2:30pm and Saturday, December 16th at 11am. Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036.

The Nutcracker Presented by the New Paltz Ballet Theatre
The Nutcracker Presented by the New Paltz Ballet Theatre

Thursday, December 7th-Friday, December 8th, various times
The Nutcracker Presented by the New Paltz Ballet Theatre (Poughkeepsie)

The New Paltz Ballet Theatre returns for its 24th season to present this beautiful production of “The Nutcracker.” This production is for all ages and a very affordable option. Tickets are $7.00 per child and $15.00 per adult. 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Friday, December 8th at 7:00pm; Saturday, December 9th, 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm; Sunday, December 10th, 11:00am; and Sunday, December 10th, 2:00pm
Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble’s The Nutcracker

Enjoy a production of “The Nutcracker,” featuring Rockland’s Youth Dance Ensemble. Additionally, some performances have narration. RCC Cultural Arts Center, 145 College Rd, Suffern, NY, 10901.

Wednesday, December 10th 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 way to introduce kids to the show while also being sophisticated enough for adults. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Floor 2, Tarrytown, NY.

Nutcracker, Short and Sweet

Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm
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. Finally, tickets are $20 per person. Paramount Hudson Valley, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill NY 10566.

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 $37.00-$117.00 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.

Thursday, December 14th-Sunday, December 17th from 5:00pm-7:00pm
New Rose Theater: The Nutcracker (Walden, NY)

A celebrated Nutcracker for the past 19 seasons, enjoy watching Clara journey’s from a classroom to a magical carnival. New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main Street, Walden NY 12586.

Saturday, December 16th-December 17th, 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. Additionally, tickets range from $24-$55 per person. Lehman Center for Performing Arts, Concert Hall, 250 Bedford Park Blvd W, The Bronx, NY 10468.

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.” Additionally, 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. Finally, tickets range from $49-$79 per person. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

Sunday, December 17th 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. Additionally, families will enjoy seeing the beautiful costumes, spectacular sets, and experiencing the music of Tchaikovsky! Finally, tickets range from $39-$89 per person. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

Saturday, December 16 at 7pm and Sunday, December 17th at 2:00pm and December 26th-December 29th at 2:00pm and 5:00pm
Nutcracker Dream (Mamaroneck)

Families will love seeing Nutcracker Dream, which is inspired by the work of Marius Petipa and Rudolf Nureyev. Running at 90-minutes, this family-friendly adaptation was created by choreographer Carole Alexis, and performed by Westchester’s premier dance company Carole Alexis Ballet Theatre and Ballet des Amériques.

Additionally, on Sunday, December 17 at 2pm, there is a special children’s performance called Land of Sweets | Sugar Plum Fairy And Cavalier Reception. This includes treats, a meet and greet with the performers. Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Ln, Mamaroneck, NY 10543