• George Balanchine’s
    The Nutcracker®

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in the Park


Downtown Doral Park, Dec 18 – 31, 2020

14 magical, socially-distant outdoor performances in the heart of Miami-Dade

Experience the magic of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in the Park. From your socially-distanced pod on the lawn, you and your loved ones will be transported into the dream of a brave little girl named Marie and the enchanting world of The Nutcracker

This is your beloved Nutcracker reimagined for the outdoors… Tchaikovsky’s glorious score swells, and all the iconic moments unfold through a combination of stunning live performances by the extraordinary MCB dancers, and dazzling animation and video sequences on a giant screen. Feel the glow from the joyous family Christmas, glide into a winter wonderland, join the Sugarplum Fairy in the Land of the Sweets and more… 

The season opens on Friday, December 18 with a free performance dedicated to and exclusively for first responders and essential workers who have served as front-line heroes of the pandemic.

This magical holiday performance has been created with the health and well-being of artists and audiences as top priority.

Create cherished memories at the one of the only live George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in the U.S. this holiday season.

Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Click here to view Health & Safety Guidelines
Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions

CHOREOGRAPHY
George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
MUSIC
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
PRODUCTION SUPERVISION
Lourdes Lopez
COSTUME & SCENIC DESIGN
Isabel and Ruben Toledo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Wendall K. Harrington
LIGHTING DESIGN
James F. Ingalls

 


 

Event Information

Venue
Downtown Doral Park
8395 NW 53rd St, Doral, FL 33166

Click here for Google Maps

Downtown Doral Park is in the City of Doral conveniently located in the heart of Miami-Dade, and easy access from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties with its proximity to three major expressways: the Dolphin (SR 836), Palmetto (SR 826) and Florida’s Turnpike.

Click here for site map

Seating and tickets
For the health and safety of yourself and others, all tickets will be sold as ‘pods’. Each socially-distanced pod is a section of lawn that holds a maximum of 4 people. The ticket price for each pod includes 4 people. No one outside of your party will be seated in your pod.

Chair pods or Blanket pods are available. In chair sections, chairs will be provided. In blanket sections, guests must bring their own blankets to sit on. Please note, chairs will not be permitted in blanket sections to provide all guests with the best possible view of the stage.

Click here for seating map

Tuesday, Wednesday
VIP pod: $275 for 4 people ( ~ $69 per person)
Tier A pod: $175 for 4 people ( ~ $44 per person)
Tier B pod: $120 for 4 people ( ~ $30 per person)

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
VIP pod: $285 for 4 people ( ~ $72 per person)
Tier A pod: $195 for 4 people ( ~ $49 per person)
Tier B pod: $125 for 4 people ( ~ $32 per person)

All tickets include free parking.
Pricing is subject to change. A service fee of $19.50 per transaction applies.

Duration
Approx. 1 hour 50 minutes including one 10 minute intermission.

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What If It Rains?
As an outdoor event, The Nutcracker is subject to weather. We recommend you bring wet weather gear in case of rain. Performances may be cancelled based on the conditions on site if the weather poses a safety threat to dancers, audiences and staff. We try to cancel as early as possible, however as weather conditions are unpredictable we may have to cancel close to or during the performance. Ticket-holders accept the risk that weather they consider unsatisfactory may occur on a performance day and acknowledge that tickets will not be re-validated unless a performance is cancelled by Miami City Ballet.

In the event that a performance is cancelled, ticket-holders will receive a text message and an email, and a message will be posted on our website and social media.

Ticket-holders will be allocated tickets for another performance (subject to availability). MCB reserves the right to re-assign tickets on a date that has not been previously scheduled. Please ensure you provide your cell phone number and email address when ordering your tickets.

 

Free wifi is available: MCB DowntownDoral
Connect and share your magical experience.


 

Opening performance free for first responders and essential workers

Tickets are now SOLD OUT. 

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in the Park opens on December 18 with a free performance dedicated to and exclusively for first responders and essential workers who have served as front-line heroes of the pandemic. This is a free performance but tickets are required due to limited capacity.

Limited to one pod (up to 4 people) per household with qualifying professional identification as an essential, front-line worker.

Click here for more information and to claim tickets.


 

Health and Safety

Miami City Ballet and Downtown Doral are working with medical experts from Baptist Health South Florida to create a safe environment for our artists, staff, audiences and you, our community. Enhanced, comprehensive health and safety protocols as recommended by the CDC and our healthcare partner will be followed and strictly enforced for the benefit of everyone. 

Downtown Doral Park will be transformed into an outdoor performance venue designed to ensure artist and audience safety. Tickets are available in 8’x8’ ‘pods’ seating up to four guests, with an aisle on all four sides to ensure CDC physical distancing protocols can be followed. 

Face masks will be required at all times for all staff and audience members, from time of arrival at the venue until departure following the performance. Because of this requirement, we encourage dining pre and post show at nearby Downtown Doral restaurants as food and drink concessions will be limited at the venue.

Audience entry will be minimum contact, and all high-touch areas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in line with CDC sanitation guidelines.  

Dancers, artistic staff and production crew will receive Covid-19 testing on a regular basis, as recommended by our healthcare partners and provided by Baptist Health South Florida.

Click here for more Health & Safety Guidelines

 

 


 

Experience Downtown Doral

Make the most out of your Nutcracker experience, explore Downtown Doral and enjoy pre and post show dining on Main Street. Many restaurants are offering special prix fixe menus for Nutcracker ticket-holders. Plus, take advantage of discounted hotel rates to make The Nutcracker an extra special occasion for you and your loved ones.

Click here to view restaurants and hotel deals.

 


 

Discover More

Casting Sheets

Click here for casting on Dec 18 – 20, 2020
Click here for casting on Dec 22 – 27, 2020
Click here for casting on Dec 29 & Dec 30, 2020
Click here for casting on Dec 30 – 31, 2020

The Nutcracker Digital Program Book

Enjoy reading the Nutcracker digital program book, including the story of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Read the digital program here.

The Nutcracker Storybook

Nutcracker Storybook Share the story, introduce the characters and capture the imagination of the whole family with our free downloadable Nutcracker storybook. Click here to save the pdf to your device or print it out for bedtime reading.

The Nutcracker Playlist

Get into the holiday spirit and immerse yourself in Tchaikovsky’s magical score with our George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in the Park playlist on Spotify. Click here to listen

The Nutcracker Downloadable Activity Sheets

Nutcracker Crossword Puzzle
Land of the Sweets Word Search
Costume Coloring Page

Land of the Sweets Videos

  • Sugarplum

     Sugarplum

  • Snowflakes

     Snowflakes

  • Dewdrop

     Dewdrop

  • Candy Cane

     Candy Cane

  • Marzipan

     Marzipan

  • Spanish Coffee

     Spanish Coffee

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get there?

Venue Address
Downtown Doral Park
8395 NW 53rd St, Doral, FL 33166.

Entrance to the venue
The entrance to
The Nutcracker is at the corner of NW 84th Avenue and NW 53rd Street. 

Location
We are looking forward to welcoming audiences from all over South Florida. The location, Downtown Doral Park is in the City of Doral conveniently located in the heart of Miami-Dade, with easy access from Miami-Dade, Broward and PB counties with its proximity to three major expressways: the Dolphin (SR 836), Palmetto (SR 826) and Florida’s Turnpike.

Where is the free parking included in my ticket?

Parking can be accessed along NW 53rd Street from 84th Avenue and 79th Avenue. Parking is free for Nutcracker ticket-holders. Click here for site map.

What time do the gates open?

Gates will open 45 mins before the performance start time.

What is the duration of the performance?

Approx 1 hour and 50 mins hours including a 10-minute intermission.

How many people can I bring?

The ticket price for each pod includes a maximum of 4 people.

What is the difference between blanket pods and chair pods?

You can select a Chair pod or a Blanket pod. In chair sections, chairs will be provided. In blanket sections, guests must bring their own blankets to sit on. Blanket sections are closer to the front of the venue. Please note, chairs will not be permitted in blanket sections to provide all guests with the best possible view of the stage.

Tell me more about the pods?

Each socially-distanced pod is an 8’x8’ section of lawn that holds a maximum of 4 people. Each pod is an area marked out on the grass with paint, and has an aisle on all four sides to ensure CDC physical distancing protocols can be followed. The ticket price for each pod includes 4 people. It is not required to bring 4 people; you can have a maximum of 4 people in each pod. No one outside of your party will be seated in your pod.

You can select a Chair pod or a Blanket pod. In chair sections, chairs will be provided. In blanket sections, guests must bring their own blankets to sit on. Please note, chairs will not be permitted in blanket sections to provide all guests with the best possible view of the stage.

Do my children need a ticket?

Many children love seeing the ballet, and we encourage you to bring them! The Nutcracker is a family tradition for many people, and children will enjoy other works that Miami City Ballet presents.

As a general guide, we recommend children 4 and over will get the most out of the experience.

Do I need to purchase tickets for my baby?

Yes, every person no matter how old needs a ticket – please contact MCB Customer Relations for info about tickets for babies.

Can I choose my seats?

Yes, when you click on the BUY TICKETS button, you will see a seating map and you can select a pod.

What should I wear, and what should I bring?
  • Make sure you have your mask on when you arrive. If you don’t have a mask, you will not be admitted.
  • If you are in a blanket pod, bring blankets/rugs to sit on. Please note, chairs will not be allowed in blanket pods to ensure your fellow audience members have a good view of the stage.
  • There is no dress code for Miami City Ballet. We recommend that you dress comfortably for sitting in the park and prepare for Miami weather.
  • Bring an extra layer or extra blanket if you feel the cold.
  • If it’s been a bit wet, we encourage you to bring something to keep dry, just in case. Ponchos and plastic picnic rugs are always a good option.
  • Comfortable footwear is recommended as you’ll be walking and sitting on grass.
  • Leave large items at home or in your car. There will be no coat or bag check facility, or stroller parking. Large bags and bulky items will not be permitted. Strollers will not be permitted in pods.
  • Pack some insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes away.
  • Bring your hand sanitizer
What if it rains?

As an outdoor event, The Nutcracker is subject to weather. We recommend you bring wet weather gear in case of rain. Performances may be cancelled based on the conditions on site if the weather poses a safety threat to dancers, audiences and staff. We try to cancel as early as possible, however as weather conditions are unpredictable we may have to cancel close to or during the performance. Ticket-holders accept the risk that weather they consider unsatisfactory may occur on a performance day and acknowledge that tickets will not be re-validated unless a performance is cancelled by Miami City Ballet.

In the event that a performance is cancelled, ticket-holders will receive a text message and an email, and a message will be posted on our website and social media.

Ticket-holders will be allocated tickets for another performance (subject to availability). MCB reserves the right to re-assign tickets on a date that has not been previously scheduled. Please ensure you provide your cell phone number and email address when ordering your tickets.

Where can I get food and drinks?

We encourage you to eat pre or post-show at one of the many excellent nearby restaurants. See the Downtown Doral website for a list of local dining options.

Can I bring food and drinks?

Face masks will be required at all times for all staff and audience members, from time of arrival at the venue until departure following the performance. Because of this requirement, food and drinks are not allowed to be brought into the venue. We encourage dining pre and post-show at nearby Downtown Doral restaurants.

Do I have to keep my mask on?

Face masks will be required at all times for all staff and audience members (aged 2 and up), from time of arrival at the venue until departure following the performance. The health and safety protocols as recommended by the CDC and our healthcare partner will be followed and strictly enforced for the benefit of everyone. Please bring your own masks and wear them at all times.

Please see the CDC website for mask guidelines.

Does my child have to wear a mask?

Face masks will be required at all times for all staff and audience members (aged 2 and up), from time of arrival at the venue until departure following the performance. The health and safety protocols as recommended by the CDC and our healthcare partner will be followed and strictly enforced for the benefit of everyone. Please bring your own masks and wear them at all times.

Please see the CDC website for mask guidelines.

Are there bathrooms onsite?

Yes, there will be bathrooms on site.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed, but service animals are welcome.

Service animals as defined by the American with Disabilities Act are permitted into the theaters and must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times. A service animal must sit under the guest’s seat or at his/her feet. Service animals are not permitted to sit in the aisle or on seats. A guest whose service animal poses a threat to the safety of other guests and/or staff may be asked to escort the animal off the premises.

Read about our accessibility options here.

What accessibility options are offered?

There are wheelchair accessible pods available. If you have access or special seating requirements, please contact MCB Customer Relations to order your tickets. We will specially select tickets to suit your needs. Please specify your requirements at the time of booking to make use of our accessibility services.

Service animals: Service animals as defined by the American with Disabilities Act are permitted into the venue and must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times. A service animal must sit inside the guest’s designated seating area. Service animals are not permitted to sit in the aisle or on seats. A guest whose service animal poses a threat to the safety of other guests and/or staff may be asked to escort the animal off the premises.

Read about our accessibility options here.

I have tickets, but I need to change the date. Can I exchange to see another performance?

Exchanges are subject to availability. Please see MCB’s exchange policy here.

What are your terms and conditions for tickets?

All sales are subject to our Terms and Conditions available here.

Got other questions?

Visit our regular Frequently Asked Questions page here.
If you have other questions, please contact Miami City Ballet’s Customer Relations team, Monday – Friday | 9am – 5pm.

305.929.7010 Call or Text
877.929.7010 Toll Free
877.929.7001 Group Sales
CustomerRelations@miamicityballet.org