Holiday season in Philadelphia is not complete without seeing a performance of the Pennsylvania Ballet's enchanting The Nutcracker in the gilded Academy of Music. Best part: tickets start at just $20. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)
Back for its 25th year, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker returns to the stage for the holiday season, danced by the preeminent Pennsylvania Ballet on December 8-30 at the Academy of Music.
Performed for the first time in 1987, the whimsical and enchanting fairy tale is a timeless tradition that’s embraced by the region each year.
This December, the PA Ballet’s classic production also welcomes the Philadelphia Boys choir as well as dozens of local dance students to join in on the festive celebration.
In addition, all audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need to each performance as the Salvation Army will be collecting and distributing the donations to families throughout the Delaware Valley.
Tickets start at just $20 and can be purchased online.
Bonus: Continue the festiveness with family-friendly holiday activities taking place around the city in conjunction with the performance.
Take part in “Nutcracker Story Time” at the Please Touch Museum, Thursday, November 29 at 11 a.m. and Thursday, December 6 at 10:15 a.m. at the Philadelphia City Institute Library. Call (215) 587-6913 for more info.
Then the ballroom at The Bellevue hosts the ballet’s annual holiday “Nutcracker Magic” children’s party on December 8 at noon complete with costumed characters, private performances and lunch. Call (215) 587-6916 for more info.
And, on Sunday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 22 at noon, the Double Tree hotel invites theater-goers to enjoy “Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy.” Call (215) 587-6921.
Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Where: The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
When: December 8-30
Cost: Tickets start at just $20
More info: www.paballet.org