The Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, A Must-See Holiday Tradition, Opens December 10 At The Academy Of Music

Set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker has become a beloved tradition, attracting more than 50,000 people each year. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

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.

Tickets are available online. Today, Cyber Monday, you can get 25% off tickets!!

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
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  1. I wanted to take a minute the thank you for this posting. During all the excitement of our preparations for the Nutcracker and Dance in West Chester I forgot all about Pennsylvania Ballet’s upcoming performance. It is one of the best productions I have seen in recent years.

  2. I would like to exhibit my art work at the Kimmel Center in August.
    I need an application. Last year I missed the ballet show.

  3. Hi Bessie, Thank you for reaching out. Please contact The Kimmel Center directly, here is a link to The Kimmel’s website. Thank you!

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