George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Balanchine / Tchaikovsky

Dec 13 – 29, 2019

A magical adventure for the young and young-at-heart.

More than 100 dancers, dazzling stage effects and a brilliant live orchestra bring this winter wonderland to life.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is world-renowned for good reason – this stage spectacle captures the imagination of the whole family.

Step into the dream of a brave little girl named Marie and follow the dashing Nutcracker into a magical land… Meet toy soldiers and battle the Mouse King. Discover a sparkling forest of dancing Snowflakes. Befriend the Sugar Plum Fairy and a host of colorful characters in the Land of Sweets.

Join Miami City Ballet for your cherished holiday tradition this December.

Jaw-dropping, exceptional… a riot of colors.” – Miami Herald
“New and marvel filled.” – The Wall Street Journal
“Candy-colored costumes are too gorgeous for words.” – LA Magazine
“Children sat on the edge of their seats, gasped as the toy soldiers battled the mouse army, and were in awe as snow fell across the stage in front of them.” – Sun Sentinel


Tickets from $30.
Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Duration: 2hrs, including one 20 minute intermission

George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lourdes Lopez
Isabel and Ruben Toledo
Wendall K. Harrington
James F. Ingalls



Souvenir Photo With Dancers

Arrive at the theater early on selected dates and have your photo taken with MCB dancers in beautiful costumes from The Nutcracker. Take home a gorgeous memory of your Nutcracker experience, free of charge. Available on these dates only. We recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment.

Arsht Center, Miami
Lobby open from 2hrs before curtain time, photos with dancer’s end 15mins before curtain time (at the sound of the first chime).
Fri Dec 13
Tue Dec 17
Wed Dec 18

Kravis Center, West Palm Beach
Lobby open from 1hr before curtain time, photos with dancer’s end 15mins before curtain time (at the sound of the first chime).
Fri Dec 27, matinee and evening

*Photos with the dancers are available before the performance begins on the select days above. The photo booth area is available for photos at intermission without dancers. There is are no photos post-performance. Select dates are subject to change. 


Free Nutcracker Storybook

A perfect way to share the story, introduce the characters and capture the imagination of the whole family before you see the show.

This storybook is a free pdf download – save it to your device or print it out for bedtime reading.

Download here


Save 30% on Brightline and Arrive in Style

Nutcracker ticket holders save 30% on Brightline tickets for your special holiday occasion.
Traveling to Arsht Center, Miami – use promo code ARSHTBL
Traveling to Kravis Center, West Palm Beach – use promo code KRAVISBL

Book here

Traveling with kids? Children under 12 ride free. Learn more.

Discover More

Check out the casting sheets to see when your favorite dancers are on stage.
Dec 13, 14, 15 & 17 – Arsht Centre, Miami
Dec, 18, 19, 20, 21, & 22 – Arsht Center, Miami
Free programs are available in the foyer and free to download here.

Get in the holiday mood. Listen to our Nutcracker playlist here, or follow Miami City Ballet on Spotify.

Did you know that preparations for The Nutcracker go nearly all year? 
Click here to take a look inside the rehearsal studio and view our online gallery.

Did you know that…

Thank you to the Presenting Sponsor of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®