Philadelphia is bursting with holiday cheer throughout the fall and winter, and you can follow our coverage of must-do holiday traditions right here.
At the top of that list? The Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, which opens its three-week run on Saturday, December 10.
For 43 years, families have created unforgettable yuletide memories with Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of this classic tale. The simple story of a girl and a gift is made magical by opulent sets and costumes, plus the accompaniment by the renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir and Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, bringing Tschaikovsky’s iconic score to life.
The performance’s setting at the crystal-encrusted Academy of Music makes the holiday experience even more spectacular. The hall is the country’s oldest known opera house, modeled in 1857 after Milan’s La Scala.
The Nutcracker is one of the city’s most poignant holiday traditions, made special to Philadelphia by our own elite dancers and historic Academy. Don’t miss it.
Bonus: watch behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage before you see the performance live.
Below, we’ve included a video trailer of the performance.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Where: Academy of Music, 1420 Locust Street
When: December 10-31
Cost: Tickets start at $20
More info: www.paballet.org