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Saturday, November 23
The Manhattan Ballet Company presents children and graduates of the Manhattan Ballet School in a production of The Nutcracker Suite.Suggested Ages: 4-5 to 15-18
Friday, November 29
Save 20% on relaxed classical concerts with code ONTHETOWN. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance at while everyone(including grown-ups) enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert and trying instruments after.
Choose from concerts most weekend all over NYC with different fun themes. We’ll be at Nutcracker & Holiday Favorites for Munchkins on Saturday, Dec 7 on Chelsea, featuring a guest ballerina and some sweet treats.
Suggested Ages: All
Saturday, November 30
The lavish New York City Ballet Nutcracker that started it all in 1954 is a rightly beloved American tradition. The first act is full of action with (actual) children playing at a party, mischievous giant mice battling toy soldiers and a blizzard of ballerinas. The costumes, sets and dancing are stunning in the Land of Sweets second act.
* Pricey but priceless; though wait until your kid is able to sit very still and quiet for 2 hours.
* Save money by buying at the box office. More seats available to Mastercard holders.
*Learn some of the delightful Balanchine choreography at children’s workshops before select performances.
Wednesday, December 4
The century-old Salzburg Marionette Theatre presents Peter Tschaikowsky’s The Nutcracker with hand carved, painted and costumed puppets. See the performance technique declared a cultural asset worthy of preservation by UNESCO.Suggested Ages: 2-3 to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
Friday, December 6
See a free performance of New York Theatre Ballet’s kid-friendly, one-hour version of the Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet The Nutcracker set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by Keith Michael. Includes clockwork imps, an owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots, and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks. Audiences are invited to come early before each show to take photos with their favorite characters.
Seating for these popular performances is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested. Guaranteed seating at ticketed performances the following weekend.
Friday 7 pm, Saturday 1 pm & 7 pm, Sunday 1 pmSuggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Saturday, December 7
Hear holiday favorite selections from the Nutcracker for woodwind quintet with live musicians and a special guest dancer. A great introduction to the classic holiday ballet for all ages – the audience is welcome to roll, crawl, squeal and dance along while experiencing professional performances. Interact with the musicians and dancer throughout and try out instruments after. Holiday bells provided for all.
Suggested Ages: All
Join Clara and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers and a pesky mouse king in this holiday classic reimagined by New York City Children’s Theater for theatergoers ages 3-8. Clara’s narration throughout the performance helps young theatergoers follow the classic holiday story.
Pre-show activities before every performance and photo ops with the cast after. Stroller parking available in the lobby of the theater complex.Suggested Ages: 2-3 to 8-10
Become part of the beloved Nutcracker ballet in a relaxed, interactive performance/workshop for all ages, hosted by Kid On The Town. Hear the story, see the highlights danced by a professional ballerina and learn some of the moves.
All ages are welcome to join a festive Christmas party, fight the mouse king and his army – then celebrate with a dance party in the Land of the Sweets.
A great introduction to this holiday tradition and a chance for Nutcracker fans to experience the magic.Suggested Ages: All
See world class Russian artists, hand painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls in an opulent (but remote) theater. Features the “Dove of Peace” role, which is exclusive to the Moscow Ballet, and inspired by a principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet.Suggested Ages: 6-7 to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
A New York City themed 70-minute Nutcracker features famous landmarks woven into the time-honored tale. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, the first act opens with a satirical animated film narrated by Tony award winner Michael Cerveris with imaginative contemporary visual scenarios and characters inspired by the Nutcracker story. In the second act, modern NYC arts sports, fine dining, parks and even pigeons are magically and cleverly intertwined with the classic Tchaikovsky movements of Candy Canes, Coffee, Waltz of the Flowers and more.Suggested Ages:
Hear holiday favorites and selections from the Nutcracker with a woodwind quintet and a special guest dancer. A great introduction to the classic holiday ballet for all ages – the audience is welcome to roll, crawl, squeal and dance along while experiencing professional performances.
Interact with the musicians and dancer throughout and try out instruments after. Holiday bells for all. Save 20% with code ONTHETOWN.Suggested Ages: All
Sunday, December 8
Ballerinas in costume greet attendees and present a live dance performance before a screening of the cinematic version of the New York City Ballet’s classic Nutcracker with George Balanchine’s iconic choreography.Suggested Ages:
Hear holiday favorite selections from the Nutcracker for woodwind quintet with live musicians and a special guest dancer. A great introduction to the classic holiday ballet for all ages – the audience is welcome to roll, crawl, squeal and dance along while experiencing professional performances. Interact with the musicians and dancer throughout and try out instruments after. Holiday bells provided for all.Suggested Ages: All
Tuesday, December 10
Special events and activations happening throughout the day at Hudson Yards include a performances by a gospel choir, Alexandra & Ensembles, harpist Emily Hopkins and Brooklyn Ballet’s Nutcracker. At 5 pm, the stunning outdoor installation Shine On lights up.Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Friday, December 13
New York Theatre Ballet performs a kid-friendly, one-hour version of the Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by Keith Michael. Includes clockwork imps, an owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots, and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks. The intimate theatre providing excellent views from every seat (and sells out quickly).
Friday 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pmSuggested Ages: Toddlers to 8-10
Saturday, December 14
Westchester Ballet Company’ sumptuous Nutcracker production, performing since 1950, tells the classic holiday story with stunning costumes, and exciting special effects with a cast of 100 dancers.
Friday 10 am
Saturday 12:30 pm & 4:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
A culturally inclusive production of the beloved holiday ballet fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. rom the landscape of the old Dutch Brooklyn to the iconic Flatbush Avenue, familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes transform to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn.
This annual production at Hunter College’s cozy Kaye Playhouse features dance students, ages 5 to 85, alongside professional artists. The lavish Olde New York settings give this production a more local vibe. Expect ice skating in Central Park, Teddy Roosevelt at Gracie Mansion and a sleigh-ride to the New York Botanical Garden.Suggested Ages: 4-5 to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
Sunday, December 15
Renowned choreographer Igal Perry presents an innovative contemporary Nutcracker experience. The classic story blended with a fusion of hip hop and contemporary dance set to excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s original score as well as new music. With over 60 performers including professional dancers and young students.
During a suite tea party between the 12 & 3 pm shows, take photos with dancers, hear the story of the Nutcracker Ballet, enjoy refreshments and create a Nutcracker doll.Suggested Ages: 4-5 to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
See Bolshoi’s magical Nutcracker production, recorded in front of a live audience. On Christmas Eve, the mysterious Drosselmeyer brings a Nutcracker doll as a gift for his goddaughter Marie. At midnight, the doll comes to life and finds itself in a battle led with the Mouse King, while Marie watches in fear. A timeless holiday classic accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.Suggested Ages: 6-7 to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
See a one-hour family friendly adaptation of the seasonal favorite,Inspired by the work of Marius Petipa and Rudolf Nureyev, created by world-renowned Choreographer Carole Alexis, and performed by Westchester’s premier dance company Ballet des Amériques. Come together around the essence of what the story represents, namely, the beautiful balance between Marie’s childhood playfulness and her coming of age in the midst of her own circle of family and friends.
Professional dancers from Ballet des Amériques perform the featured roles of the ballet, while additional roles will be cast by audition among young dancers from across the area.
Saturday 3 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 2 pm & 5 pm
Virtuosic break dancing tells an uplifting, family-friendly story set in the 1980s and today. The music is still mostly Tchaikovsky’s classic score, though some songs are sonically updated with live electric violin. This version of the Nutcracker is much louder than its traditional counterparts with a pre-show by hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow. For families with younger children, consider seats further back for less of an auditory overload.Suggested Ages:
Enjoy seasonal favorites such as selections from the Nutcracker, new arrangements of ancient carols, and even a sing-along.Suggested Ages: All
A special one-hour Nutcracker designed specifically for school-aged students brings to life Clara’s holiday dream of a mighty battle between a Mouse King and a Nutcracker, a meeting with her very own Sugar Plum Fairy, and a journey to the “Land of Sweets”.
After the show, meet the cast and visit Santa in his magical toyland, where each child will receive a special gift.Suggested Ages: 4-5 to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
Saturday, December 21
Sunday, December 22
New York Theatre Ballet performs a kid-friendly, one-hour version of the Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by Keith Michael. Includes clockwork imps, an owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots, and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks.
Also at 6 pm.Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 8-10
Wednesday, January 1
This truly spectacular show is great for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes, special effects, camels, sheep and Santa Clause (many, many Santa Clauses in one of our favorite numbers). Includes a 10-minute Nutcracker section danced by giant bears that little kids love.
* Can be a bit loud and over-stimulating for some kids but the noise and bustle are more forgiving for those not behaving perfectly.
* The theater is gorgeous but can get very crowded. Arrive early to allow time for long security lines – this show starts right on time.
* Leave time to walk around the gorgeous art deco theater – love the wallpaper in the downstairs ladies lounge – and view the suspended Swarovski crystal from different angles.
* Prices vary by date and time; local families can take advantage of great price and selection for weekday 5 pm shows.
* Discount codes are always popping up and changing – a few to try: DM50, FRIDAY
* Always save on service fees by buying at the Radio City, MSG or Beacon box offices.Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Saturday, January 4
See the beloved holiday classic Nutcracker re-imagined with a NYC theme. The twisted tale follows Clara and her family on their journey to see their grandparents and uncle Drosselmeyer in New York Suite-y. Along the way, Clara and her brother Fritz battle giant rats and plane stewardesses, and Clara and the Nutcracker Prince have to rescue Fritz from the Rat Queen. For all ages.Suggested Ages: 4-5 to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
Sunday, February 23
How do ballerinas dance on their toes? How do dancers spin and turn without getting dizzy? Those questions and more will be answered during the performance of favorite ballet moments such as The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Faculty member Katrina Killian and advanced students from the School of American Ballet will be featured in this enchanting introduction to the art of classical ballet.
Shows at 1 & 4 pmSuggested Ages: 4-5 to 11-14
Sunday, April 26
Join MusicTalks’ Elad Kabilio and Avigail Malachi for an interactive concert for all ages featuring a verity of musical instruments such as cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone and much more .Explore familiar music by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms. For the grand finale, enter the world of ballet music with selections from Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.Suggested Ages: All