Where to Watch The Nutcracker This December

If December has you dreaming about snow queens and sugar plum fairies, look no further. There are plenty of top-notch productions of The Nutcracker to catch on the Eastside and beyond — we’ve rounded up a few below:

Emerald Ballet Theatre

The Emerald Ballet Theatre’s yearly Nutcracker performance features both student dancers and professional guests, and is the only production accompanied by a live orchestra on the Eastside.

Dec. 4, 8, 14, and 15
Northshore Performing Arts Center, Bothell

Evergreen City Ballet

Now in its 26th year of production, the Evergreen City Ballet will hit three stages this season. Catch their performance of Wade Wathall’s The Nutcracker in Bellevue, Auburn, or Renton during the first three weekends of December.

Dec. 6-8
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Dec. 13-15
Auburn Performing Arts Center

Dec. 20-22
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

International Ballet Theatre

With original choreography by Vera Altunina, the International Ballet Theatre is set to enchant Bellevue audiences with its rendition of the holiday classic, featuring traditional Russian choreography and dazzling sets.

Dec. 13-15, 19-23
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Issaquah Dance Theatre

The Issaquah Dance Theatre’s annual showing of the The Nutcracker begins this weekend in Bellevue. Besides traditional performances, the theater also holds two one-hour length performances for those who prefer a shorter show.

Dec. 6-8
Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center, Bellevue

Pacific Northwest Ballet

The Pacific Northwest’s premier ballet company returns to McCaw Hall through the month of December to present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Audiences will be equally delighted by superb performances and fantastical set and costume design by Ian Falconer.

Nov. 29-Dec. 28
McCaw Hall, Seattle

Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

This year, Redmond’s Academy of Russican Classical Ballet will stage its 10th anniversary performance of The Nutcracker. Four performances will feature the original choreography by Yanina Mikhaylyuk, based on the traditional Nutcracker of Saint Petersberg’s Mariinsky Theatre.

Dec. 14-15
Redmond Performing Arts Center

Olympic Ballet Theatre

With choreography by artistic directors Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev, The Nutcracker is the Olympic Ballet Theatre’s most popular performance, and can be viewed in Everett and Edmonds this year. Three abridged matinees — which include a special behind-the-scenes look at scenery, lighting, costumes, and more — are also available for purchase.

Dec. 14-15
Everett Performing Arts Center

Dec. 20-23
Edmonds Center for the Arts

Land of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

For a bawdy twist on the Christmas classic, attend Verlaine & McCann’s glamorous rendition. Land of The Sweets features on onstage jazz orchestra, burlesque dancers, fanciful costumes, and so much more. This performance is one you won’t soon forget.

Dec. 12-29
The Triple Door, Seattle

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