While most families travel during the holidays, traveling before the holidays can be even be easier for families. Our Long Weekend Traveling Mom is looking forward to creating Christmas traditions with her family by taking a long weekend away centered on the Nutcracker ballet. If you’re searching for where to see the Nutcracker, consider our list of these unique Nutcracker shows around the USA.
Last year, my family considered creating new Christmas traditions by taking a long weekend holiday trip to see ICE! at the Gaylord National Harbor. It was a great way to focus on the magic of the season without the rushing and busyness at home.
This year, I’m looking to do something a little different. I want to experience a more upscale event and have looked at the various Nutcracker shows around the USA. I’m planning to build a long weekend around a true holiday classic.
When it comes to where to see the Nutcracker, you have plenty of options. From the traditional touring favorites with the Moscow Ballet or Hip Hop Nutcracker to the local favorites in Miami or Houston, these are magical Nutcracker ballet shows that your family will want to add to their Christmas traditions.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Miami City Ballet – Los Angeles, CA & Miami, FL
The Miami City Ballet will introduce a new visual influence of their 27 year Nutcracker ballet. This new production will retain the magic of George Balanchine’s choreography and power of Tchaikovsky’s timeless score while bringing the artistic influence of Isabel and Ruben Toledo. The Toledos are Cuban American artists; she is a fashion designer and he is an illustrator. The production will take inspiration from the vibrancy and culture of the Miami area. According to Ruben Toledo, “The story’s links between the mystical human imagination, the language of dreams and the 2 power of transformation influenced our designs, and allowed us to imagine worlds of moonlit landscapes, frozen wonders, and a light-filled Caribbean paradise, reflecting our Cuban heritage.”
Performance Dates: The world premiere will occur December 7 – 10 at the Music Center in Los Angeles. The Miami performance will run at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts from December 15 – 24 before running at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach from December 28 – 30, 2017
TravelingMom Tip: If we do make a trip to Miami, the InterContinental Miami is on my list of places to check out. Also on my list, I’m certainly going to see more of the culture at Calle Ocho. It’s not only TravelingMom recommended but a hot spot that the Toledo’s have been spotted at.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Touring Nationwide
Hip Hop Nutcracker is a new spin on the classic Nutcracker ballet with hip-hop choreography, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violin BUT the well-loved Tchaikovsky score. Its story is based in the streets of New York City. Maria-Clara is still rescued by the Nutcracker (a vendor selling nuts) before waking up in a dream state on New Year’s Day 1984.
Performance Dates: This is truly one of the Nutcracker shows around the USA. For the West coast, it will visit California, Washington, Oregon, and Arizona. States visited in the SE include Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana. It will round out its visits in the Midwest in Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Texas. The show will also visit Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
TravelingMom Tip: With so many places to see the Hip Hop Nutcracker, I’m using the TMOM rules on how to find the best airline tickets. There are plenty of options on places to go, so price will be my guide.
The Russian Nutcracker Ballet, Moscow Ballet – Touring the United States and Canada
Performed by the Moscow Ballet, the Russian Nutcracker Ballet opens with the Moscow city skyline as a backdrop. Masha and her brother Fritz eagerly await the gifts presented by Uncle Drosselmeyer with the help of a super-sized Matrushka Doll. The classic Tchaikovsky score continues with the story as the Nutcracker Prince takes Masha to the Snow Forrest where the Russian folk figures, Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) escort Masha to the Land of Peace and Harmony.
Performance Dates: The ballet will touch most of the US population with dates in 42 states and 4 Canadian provinces. Check here for ticket dates in your city.
TravelingMom Tip: If we choose to see the Russian Nutcracker Ballet, I’m making it an adventure and choosing one of the TravelingMom Best Places to Travel in 2017 for the last trip of the year.
The Nutcracker, Houston Ballet – Houston, TX
The Houston Ballet presents Stanton Welch’s choreography in their version of the Nutcracker. Children are a central focus of the performance as the story opens with Clara addressing her toys; a change from the traditional party on Christmas Eve of most stories. The performance has a mix of traditional and contemporary elements. The Sugar Plum Fairy & Nutcracker Prince are present along with a trip to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Performance Dates: The performances will be held at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX December 10 – 23 and The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts December 30 – January 6, 2018.
TravelingMom TIP: Once you’re in Houston, there are so many places to visit and things to see. I’m all about checking out the extreme Houston adventure.
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