What holiday season would be complete without Clara, the Mouse King and the Nutcracker? Come hear Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and see local dancers whirl through snowfalls and magic in this traditional ballet.

Evergreen City Ballet’s Nutcracker
Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 16
December 1 & 2 – Lake Washington Performing Arts Center, Kirkland
December 9 & 10 – Auburn Performing Arts Center, Auburn
December 14, 15 & 16 – Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, Renton

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The whole family can enjoy this magical production of The Nutcracker. The period production includes the beautifully costumed party scene, the traditional Madame Bon Bon, mice that escape into the audience, the gorgeous Snow Scene and the Waltz of the Flowers. Tickets start at $13/person. Available online HERE.

Emerald Ballet Theatre
Saturday and Sunday
December 1 and 2; December 8 and 9
Northshore Performing Arts Center
23604 Bothell Everett Highway
Bothell, WA 98021

Holiday magic returns to NPAC with this classic seasonal favorite. Emerald Ballet Theatre performs to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky. Tickets start at $20. Purchase online HERE.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker
Friday, December 7 – Saturday, December 29
McCaw Hall
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Come see a remarkable performance in downtown Seattle. Over 200 dancers, gigantic moving sets, a snowfall every performance, and the magical sound of the season, Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed by the PNB Orchestra. This year PNB is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Plus, PNB’s 2012 Nutcracker is dedicated this year to Maurice Sendak, friend of PNB and legendary genius behind the PNB Nutcracker scenery and costumes. Sendak passed away earlier this year. Tickets available online.

Tacoma City Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 23
All shows at 3:00pm
Pantages Theater
901 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

This timeless family classic is performed in the tradition of the St. Petersburg Russian original first presented over 100 years ago. From choreography to scenery and costume design, this glorious production transports you to a land filled with music, magic and wonder. Tickets start at $19 and are available online.

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Olympic Ballet Theatre
Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 23
December 8 – Brynes Performing Arts Center, Arlington
December 15 & 16 – Everett Performing Arts Center, Everett
December 22 & 23 – Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s exciting full-length traditional production of The Nutcracker brings to the stage a growing Christmas Tree, Booming Canon, Mother Ginger and her Buffoons! OBT also presents one-hour performances of The Nutcracker for schools & groups. Tickets start at $20/person. Buy tickets online HERE.

Land of the Sweets! The Burlesque Nutcracker
Tuesday, December 11 – Thursday, December 27
(no show on December 25)
The Triple Door
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101

A festive twist on a holiday classic. Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann are back at Seattle’s illustrious Triple Door for their seventh annual installment of Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker. A spectacle of ecdysiastic pageantry, Land Of The Sweets has delighted holiday revelers since 2006, giving the ballet a bawdy makeover!

International Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker in Bellevue
Friday, Dec 14 – Sunday, December 23
Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004

International Ballet Theatre returns to The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue to celebrate the holiday season with their annual production of The Nutcracker! The Nutcracker Ballet’s huge cast of characters is appealing to audiences of all ages; IBT’s production of The Nutcracker features a cast of 80 talented young people, experienced professional dancers and visual performance artists. Tickets start at $25. Available online HERE.

Dance Theatre Northwest
Saturday and Sunday
December 8 and 9
Mount Tahoma Auditorium
4634 South 74th
Tacoma, WA 98409

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An award winning Regional Performing Company, DTN is known for its beautifully choreographed and costumed performances. Call 253.778.6534 for tickets.