• George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Dec 10 – 30, 2021

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Miami City Ballet’s unique production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the most “magnificent, dazzling” way to celebrate the festive season with your loved ones (Broadway World).

At a cozy Christmas eve party, a brave little girl called Marie receives a mysterious gift. When the clock strikes twelve, a magic spell awakens and we follow Marie into a dream inhabited by toy soldiers and a defiant Mouse King. With the dashing Nutcracker as our guide, discover a sparkling forest of dancing snowflakes, whimsical waltzing flowers, befriend the Sugarplum Fairy and a host of colorful characters in the Land of Sweets.

As a live orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s iconic melodies, more than 100 dancers bring this fantastical story to life, surrounded by sherbet-hued designs by Cuban-American artists Ruben and Isabel Toledo and breathtaking stage effects by Wendall K. Harrington.

Rediscover the joys of this delightful tradition and let this “endlessly fanciful and colorful” adventure ignite your imagination (Wall Street Journal).

“Elaborate, beloved… it’s time to see it again.” Los Angeles Times

Performed to a live orchestra
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



Nuts for Heroes – SOLD OUT

The opening performance of Miami City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® on Fri Dec 10, 7pm is dedicated to the essential workers and first responders who have worked tirelessly to keep us all fed, safe and healthy. There will be 1000 free tickets available.

This performance is free to attend but tickets are required. The 1000 free tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and limited to 4 tickets per person so you can share this special event with family or friends. Please only request the number of tickets you will use in order that we can accommodate as many people as possible. Demand will be high, so we encourage you to act fast.

Click here for more information.



Discover More

Casting Sheets
Broward Center, Dec 10 – 12
Arsht Center, Dec 16 – 26
Kravis Center, Dec 29 – 30

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.
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The Nutcracker Downloadable Activity Sheets
Word Search
Crossword Puzzle
Nutcracker Mask
Costume Coloring Page
Soldiers Coloring Page
Make Your Own Crown

The Nutcracker Playlist
Immerse yourself in the joy of dance with Tchaikovsky’s iconic music below, or follow MCB on Spotify.


Watch: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Trailer