Although every family has different traditions during the holidays, The Nutcracker is arguably one of the best that many people look forward to each year. At this point, it's become far more than a ballet. The dance combined with the beautiful musical orchestrations are a sure sign it's Christmas — and a nostalgia for many of us that creates warm, fuzzies all over. The great thing about this ballet is that there are so many opportunities to enjoy it each year, and if you're in the heart of Texas, here's where to watch The Nutcracker in Houston. If you've never been before, trust me, it's a tradition you'll want to start.
In the classic (and most renditions) version of The Nutcracker, young Marie's most beloved Christmas toy, a nutcracker, comes to life. If you've seen it before, chances are you can envision the Sugar Plum Fairy dancing across the stage already. The Nutcracker himself then battles to defeat the evil Mouse King, and you can probably imagine how the rest goes. If not, it's time to kick off your holiday season right. This is a tradition that's great for just about any occasion. Whether you have family in town, want to plan a date night, go out with a group of close friends, or just take your kids to see the classic story come to life, it's a great way enjoy the holiday season and get in the Christmas spirit.
So get out your nutcracker, tell your little ones the story behind the whimsical dance, and look through these showings to grab a ticket near you. You won't regret starting, or ending, your holiday season this way. With all of the different variations and interpretations, on top of the wonderful and unique talent from each different performance, there's really no wrong way to go in choosing your show this year.
Smart Financial Centre
This holiday season lights up with Stanton Welch’s new production of The Nutcracker. With elaborate and fresh music, costumes, and captivating characters, this performance by Houston Ballet is worth checking out this season. Tickets range from $25 to $200 and productions start Dec. 10 and end Dec. 23.
There's no worry if you can't make it to the Houston Ballet's performances of The Nutcracker through Dec. 23 because they're back at the Hobby Center from Dec. 30 to Jan. 6. If you need a post-Christmas fix and just aren't ready for the holidays to be over, grab tickets between $35 and $200.
BalletForte puts on a beautiful production of The Nutcracker as well. Their performance is one that will "dare you to be moved," according to their website. And the best part is that you can grab tickets here for just $12 to $25 (or four box seats for $150). Shows start Dec. 8 and en on Dec. 10.
Woodlands Civic Ballet
The non-profit Woodlands Civic Ballet, founded by director Karyn Simon-Poland in 1987, puts on beautifully choreographed and well-known works each year. One of those shows is The Nutcracker, open to the general public with tickets available at the door for $10. Their production includes only two dates this year: Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.
Houston Repertoire Ballet
Tickets for this in-demand performance go on sale Oct. 1 each year. The Nutcracker performance is put on at the Tomball High School Theatre and the dancers are primarily students dedicated to pursuing dance education and technique through professional-quality performances. Unfortunately, tickets sold out quickly this year, but take note to watch for next year's ticket release here and keep your ear to the ground — perhaps a friend's friend's friend will offer their tickets at the last minute. Things always come up.
Artisan Ballet Company's Annual Nutcracker
Artisan Ballet Company works to inspire a passion for classical ballet training in dancers through arranging educational and performance experiences. Each year, they hold a stunning performance of The Nutcracker. And on Dec. 9 and 10, they'll jump into action with a performance for Northwest Houston audiences at The Berry Center, for which you can purchase tickets for $22.
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