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One of our favorite holiday traditions is to take our children to see one of the magical Nutcracker performances in Orange County. Ever year, there are more and more performances happening at local theatres for families to enjoy. Hurry..and get your tickets today.


American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The Nutcracker choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, set to a score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,
performed live by Pacific Symphony.

December 10 – 20, 2015
Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online.
(714) 556-2787


Nutcracker for Kids
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Children’s eyes are sure to light up when beautiful ballerinas dance and twirl to Tchaikovsky’s charming and imaginative music for Pacific Symphony’s annual “Nutcracker for Kids,” led by the Symphony’s new Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia and featuring the Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT). The most popular concert of the Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings series, this holiday concert brings to life the enchanted world of toy soldiers, waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy in a 50-minute version adapted especially for children ages 5 and above. Stephanie Draude (“A Sherlock Holmes Halloween” and “Superheroes”) joins in as elf Clementine Sparkletoes to help narrate the story told through music and dance. And to top off this festive holiday tradition―Santa Claus makes a special appearance to lead the audience in a merry sing-along!

Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Musical Carnival at 9 a.m. (for the 10 a.m. show) and 12:15 p.m. (for the 11:30 a.m. show).

Tickets are $35-$60, and are available at (714) 755-5799 and


The Nutcracker
Irvine’s Northwood Performing Arts Theatre
4515 Portola Parkway
Irvine, CA 92620

This holiday season, ballet audiences will once again be transported to the enchanting Palace of Sweets as the Maple Youth Ballet returns with its original rendition of The Nutcracker.

Performances will take place:
Saturday December 19, 2pm and 7 pm;
Sunday December 20, 3 pm;
Monday December 21, 6:30 pm.

After the Sunday performance, children are welcome to get up on stage and be part of a magical Nutcracker workshop.

Tickets Start at $26 and are on sale at


Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Bursting with energy and excitement, Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker is an enormously popular holiday tradition at the Barclay Theatre for audiences of all ages. Set to the cherished Tchaikovsky score, the ballet tells the timeless coming-of-age story of Clara, a young girl who receives a wooden nutcracker as a Christmas gift, setting off a magical midnight journey through the heat of battle, the cool beauty of a snowy wonderland and the delightfully sweet kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This full-length, traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, and features a cast of professional dancers and more than 100 Southern California children. There will also be special guest performers to be announced later.

Sat, Dec 12 @ 7:00pm
Sun, Dec 13 @ 6:00pm
Fri, Dec 18 @ 7:00pm
Tue, Dec 22 @ 7:00pm

Tickets are available online.


The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic From Coast City Ballet
Huntington Beach Historical Theater
1905 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Experience the magic of dance at Coast City Ballet’s annual production of this famed holiday favorite featuring students, company members and guests artists from throughout California, with dazzling sets, colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Choreographed and directed by Clara D’Autilia, this glittering tale follows young Clara, who receives the gift of a nutcracker at a festive family Christmas party. That night she dreams of a grand adventure that begins with a handsome prince, continues with an epic battle between mice and toys, and comes to a climax with a magical journey to the Land of Sweets where Clara meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and dancers from foreign lands. For those wanting to introduce their youngest family members to this holiday favorite, the preview production is a slightly abridged version that still features all of the highlights.

Fri, Dec 18
7:00pm (Preview)
Sat, Dec 19 @ 7:00pm
Sun, Dec 20 @ 2:00pm

Tickets are available online.


Sunrise Ballet’s 27th Annual Nutcracker
Servite Theatre
1952 W. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801

This annual production of Tchaikovsky’s much-beloved holiday ballet from the O.C.’s own Sunrise Ballet captures the true magic of E.T.A. Hoffman’s timeless tale, while remaining fresh through all-new staging and choreography each year. You’ll marvel at the magical adventures of Clara, a young girl whose Christmas Eve gift of a nutcracker comes alive, leading her on an exciting journey that begins with an epic battle between mice and toys and ends with a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. Celebrating its 27th season, the company continues its tradition of donating all performance proceeds to local charities.

Sat, Dec 12 @ Noon

Sat, Dec 12 @ 4:00pm

Sun, Dec 13 @ Noon

Tickets are available online.

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