There's perhaps no theatre more closely associated with the holidays than The Nutcracker. It's more than just a ballet at this point. Balanchine's choreography paired with Tchaikovsky's trilling woodwind-driven orchestrations encapsulate all that there is about the season. If you think for just a moment, you can hear the dance of the sugarplum fairies somewhere from the recesses of your mind. This year though, there's more to the story than just girls on pointe. Here's where to see The Nutcracker in New York City this holiday season — and some of them are quite non-traditional.
While Balanchine may be the classic rendition of the ballet, and there's arguably no greater place to see it than here in the city, it's a long, long ballet, and while your 3-year-old might be gunning to see it, that much show might be a bit of a stretch for such a wee one. This year, there are a few different productions that offer shorter length, more action, and even a different take on the classic story altogether. You could take in one or two of these new shows as perhaps a warm up to seeing the full two-plus-hour Balanchine version in a few years. However, if your bit is ready? Go forth.