Although it might seem far too soon to start thinking about your holiday entertainment plans, tickets for the most celebrated Christmas ballet are already on sale (and are going quickly). If you're determined to see The Nutcracker live on stage this coming November or December, then it's a smart idea to snag your tickets this month.
Fortunately, the DFW area is home to many ballet companies and performance halls, so you have more than a few shows to choose from. Here are ten of the best places nearby where you can see The Nutcracker with friends and family.
1. The Texas Ballet Theater at Bass Performance Hall or Winspear Opera House
Select Dates November 23 - December 24
For many in the area, attending a performance by the Texas Ballet Theater is simply a holiday tradition. This year, Ben Stevenson has choreographed a Christmas wonderland full of dancing wonders and magical costumes. Bass Hall and Winspear are excellent performance halls, so even if you aren't a big ballet fan, you'll enjoy making memories at one of their shows. Click here to get tickets.
2. Tuzer Ballet at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson
December 15 - 16
This non-profit ballet company promotes the study, performance and enjoyment of the classic art. Devoted students spend 18 to 20 hours a week preparing for performances, and there's no performance more exciting than their weekend Nutcracker shows. Click here to get tickets for performances on Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon.
3. Moscow Ballet at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU
November 17 - 18
For one weekend, the Great Russian Nutcracker will come to life in Dallas. The Moscow Ballet is bringing their historical ballet to American children, and this year's "Dove of Peace Tour" presents world-class ballerinas and danseurs across North America. There are only three showtimes, so be sure to buy your tickets now before they're gone.
4. Chamberlain Performing Arts at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson
November 23 - 25
The company is returning with their annual production of The Nutcracker, and this time it's taking place Thanksgiving weekend. Take your relatives and guests to see a spectacle of talent as New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle star as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Tickets for one of the three performances start at just $15. Don't wait to get yours.
5. Dallas Ballet Company at the Granville Arts Center in Garland
Select Dates November 30 - December 9
For 32 years, the Dallas Ballet Company has been putting on a holiday show worth attending. The cast includes more than 200 ballet students and has trained for many months to bring The Nutcracker to life this holiday season. Tickets almost always sell out before the curtain opens. Reserve yours here.
6. Ballet Frontier at the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in Fort Worth
November 16 - 18
After ten years of enchanting people with their holiday performance, Ballet Frontier knows a thing or two about putting on a good show. Special guest Kathryn Boren from the American Ballet Theatre will be dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy this year. Tickets start at $35 and are available here.
7. Dallas Youth Ballet at the Majestic Theatre
The Rockefeller Christmas might not be your traditional version of The Nutcracker, but it does include the entire second act complete with gingerbread children and special effects. You won't want to miss the jazz dancing, singing, tapping and live falling snow on stage. Buy tickets for one of the two showtimes here.
8. LakeCities Ballet Theatre
November 24 - 25
You can't get tickets for this performance yet, but if you're interested in spending Thanksgiving weekend with the cast of the LakeCities Ballet Theatre, then keep an eye out for their sale soon. Guest stars will include Sarah Lane from the American Ballet Theatre and Daniel Ulbricht from the New York City Ballet.
9. The Ballet Ensemble of Texas at the Irving Arts Center
November 30 - December 2
BET is putting on four different performances over the first weekend of December and each of them promises to be just as spectacular as the rest. The dancers at the non-profit company love bringing the tradition of The Nutcracker to locals, and they bring only their best to the stage during the holiday season. Purchase tickets here.
10. Collin County Ballet Theatre at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson
November 30 and December 2
Once again, the CCBT brings Adiarys Almeida and Taras Dimitro to star as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. These Cuban stars are sure to light up the stage as they have before, and the other talented dancers will keep viewers of all ages entertained. Check out the two showtimes to see which works best for you, then get your tickets today.
Are you going to see The Nutcracker this year? If so, where? Let us know in the comments!