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15+ Nutcrackers in Los Angeles and SoCal 2021

Updated for 2021

The Nutcracker Ballet is a timeless classic for the holidays, and a family favorite, especially for anyone whose child has been taking ballet lessons. We’re blessed to have a wealth of options for seeing this beautiful dance performance, as many local ballet companies will host performances this year.

Tchaikovsky composed the score for the Nutcracker in 1892 and it is still delighting audiences, young and old, to this day. You probably can hum a few bars right now if you try! Take your family to see one of these many performances of the Nutcracker in Los Angeles this year.

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Red Chair Productions Nutcracker 2021

Red Chair Productions Nutcracker
Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale 91203

This annual Nutcracker production is designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Performances are at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA on December 11th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on December 12th at 2:00 p.m. Attending a ballet, especially for the first time, can be intimidating. (In a non-pandemic year) Red Chair hosts over 1,000 school-age children from the surrounding areas, many who are stepping into a theater for the first time ever, at our special school performance. As the majority of the cast is youth, it is incredible what can be inspired when a child sees someone who looks like them, who is a similar age as them, on the stage. It can open up a world of possibility. Designed to captivate all from the youngest audience member with its lavish sets, glittering costumes, and storytelling narration to the oldest with its quality ballet production, Red Chair Productions’ Nutcracker is truly a magical way for all ages to experience the holidays.

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Westside Ballet nutcracker dancers
photo courtesy of Westside Ballet

All The Nutcracker Ballets in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Ballet The Nutcracker
Multiple performances all over SoCal

  • Alex Theatre, December 4th and 5th
    216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203
  • Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, December 11th and 12th
    1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
  • Royce Hall, UCLA, December 17th-19th
    340 Royce Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095
  • Dolby Theatre, December 23rd-26th
    6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

The Los Angeles Ballet is performing the classic tale, The Nutcracker, at locations around Los Angeles this holiday season. This version of the story takes place on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles in 1912. Tickets are available online.

Debbie Allen’s The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
2021 Gala

Santa Monica Airport Drive-in, 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Debbie Allen’s The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker is back and better than ever with a one-night only Gala experience this year! Friday, November 19th, held outdoors as a Drive-in experience, you won’t want to miss this! Families will enjoy the story as told by three mice and be taken on a journey through Candy Cane Land, Egypt, Jazzland, Russia, and more.

America Contemporary Ballet Nutcracker suite
photo courtesy of American Contemporary Ballet (ACB)

ACB Presents The Nutcracker Suite 
926 North Sycamore Avenue, Suite 600, Los Angeles 90038

American Contemporary Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite is a Spielbergian fantasy that suspends both its heroine and audience in a magical snow globe of dance, music and mysterious delights too enchanting to leave behind, while also questioning whether any of us can remain in the Land of Sweets forever. Regardless of the answer, the company has had to increase performances of the world’s first immersive ‘Nutcracker’ every year since its 2017 premiere to meet the demand of those who’d like to visit, if only for one wonder-filled hour. November 26th – December 24th.

ballerinas dancing in Long Beach Ballet "The Nutcracker," photo credit: Katie Ging, courtesy of Long Beach Ballet
Long Beach Ballet “The Nutcracker,” photo credit: Katie Ging, courtesy of Long Beach Ballet

Long Beach Ballet The Nutcracker
Long Beach Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA

Enjoy the 39th Annual production of The Nutcracker by the Long Beach Ballet. While the story may be the same, this production is unlike any other you’ve most likely seen. Families are in for a treat including a full symphony orchestra, flying sleigh, a real horse, pyrotechnics, and a cast of over 200. Performances are scheduled for December 17th – 19th.

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The Immersive Nutcracker
Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90048

For Holiday 2021, the Beverly Center welcomes “The Immersive Nutcracker,” an all-new family-friendly walk-through holiday fairytale experience that combines the best in theatre, VR, and projection from the producers of the Russian Ballet Theatre. Opening on Friday, November 26 and running through December 31, “The Immersive Nutcracker” will offer dreamlike experiences featuring iconic moments, characters and settings, as seen in the beloved ballets and stories from Tchaikovsky’s timeless Nutcracker score. 

American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

A cast of over 100 performers will enchant you with the classic tale of The Nutcracker. Families will enjoy mischievous mice, colorful scenery, sparkling snowflakes, exquisite dancing, and much more. Performances begin Friday, December 10th – 19th.

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Nutcracker for Kids
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Children (and parents) will enjoy this special presentation of the Nutcracker. Designed especially for children, the performance is a condensed, 45-minute version of the popular holiday tale. Before each performance, children will enjoy interactive activities in the concert hall including arts and crafts, an instrument petting zoo, the chance to meet Symphony musicians, and more. A visit from Santa is also planned at the end of the performance. Two performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 4th.

Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

The Inland Pacific Ballet brings its rendition of The Nutcracker to three different sites this holiday season. With performances on December 11th – 12th and 18th-19th, and December 1st and again on December 7th and 8th, families can enjoy the show at the Fox Performing Arts Center. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Nutcracker at Westside Ballet
Nutcracker photo courtesy of Westside Ballet

Westside Ballet’s Nutcracker
The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

They are the longest running Nutcracker in Southern California – and they are returning to the Broad Stage this year for performances beginning Thanksgiving weekend and the first weekend in December. It’s a Holiday tradition you don’t want to miss.

Moscow Ballet Nutcracker
Performances in Pasadena and Los Angeles

See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker back in Los Angeles in 2021. Tickets on sale soon.

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Legendary Arlington Theatre, 1317 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents The Nutcracker, at The Arlington Theatre for three dazzling live performances Saturday and Sunday, December 11-12. Creating holiday memories for all ages, the enchanting production features stunning sets and costumes with a full symphony orchestra bringing Tchaikovsky’s iconic score to life. A cast of hundreds takes audiences on a magical journey with heroine Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker, and the Mouse King, where dancing tin soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and waltzing flowers add an unforgettable spark to this time-honored fantasy.

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