Your guide to performances of The Nutcracker in Virginia this holiday season.
Courtesy Moscow Ballet
There are certain things that go hand in hand with the holidays: the taste of turkey, the smell of Christmas trees, the bustle of the shops as everyone goes looking for that perfect gift. And then there's The Nutcracker, the iconic Christmas ballet with a score by Tchaikovsky himself, which premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia back in December, 1892, and has been an integral part of the holiday season ever since.
Below we offer you a guide to performances of The Nutcracker throughout Virginia this season, so you can enjoy the story of Clara, her wooden doll and the Sugar Plum Fairy in all its whimsical glory.
Virginia Ballet Company and School, Dec. 27, 28, 29; Ernst Community Cultural Center, NoVa CC Annandale; VirginiaBallet.org or call 703-249-8227.
The Classical Ballet Theatre of Northern Virginia, Nov. 26-27; Ernst Community Cultural Center, NoVa CC Annandale; CBTNVa.org or call 703.471.0750.
The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Dec. 21, 22; Paramount Theater; Nutcracker.com or call 434-979-1333.
The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Dec. 13, 14; George Mason University; Nutcracker.com or call 888-945-2460.
Northern Neck Youth Performing Arts Foundation, Jan. 14-15; Northumberland High School Auditorium, RichExPerformingArts.org or call 804-333-4277.
Manassas Ballet Theatre, Dec. 8-11; Hylton Performing Arts Center, ManassasBallet.org or call 703-257-1811
American Youth Ballet Company, Dec. 17-18; Ferguson Center for the Arts, Christopher Newport Campus; CapaFund.org or call 757-229-8535.
Richmond Ballet, Dec. 7; Chrysler Hall; SevenVenues.com or call 757-664-6464
The Concert Ballet of Virginia, Nov. 26-27, Benedictine Abbey Sheppard Auditorium; Dec. 3-4, Goochland Middle School; Dec. 10-11, Monacan High School; Dec. 16-18, Atlee High School; ConcertBallet.com or 804-798-0945
Richmond Ballet, Dec. 16-26; Landmark Theater at Richmond CenterStage; RichmondBallet.com or call 804-344-0906.
Southwest Virginia Ballet, Dec. 9-11; Roanoke Performing Center; SVBallet.org or call 540-387-3978.
The Moscow Ballet, Nov. 14; Sandler Center for the Performing Arts; Nutcracker.com or call 757-385-2787.
Ballet Virginia International, Dec. 10-11; Sandler Center for the Performing Arts; BalletVirginia.org or call 757-385-2787.
The Concert Ballet of Virginia, Nov. 19; Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg; ConcertBallet.com or call 804-798-0945