Now is the perfect time to get your tickets for "The Nutcracker" this holiday season!

The holidays tend to creep up on you, don't they? Believe it or not, this is the best time to get your tickets for The Nutcracker, before all of the cheap seats are gone! We in the DMV are lucky enough to have many options to see this classic ballet, with different themes, dance styles, ballet companies, and price points. Contrary to popular belief, this timeless show is not limited to a stuffy crowd in cocktail attire.

All of the performances listed have tickets on sale right now, so don't delay! When considering tickets, keep in mind that balcony or second-tier tickets work best for large-scale productions.

The Kennedy Center

2700 F Street, NW in Washington, D.C.

COMPANY: Ballet West
DATES: Dec. 5-9, 2018
TICKETS: $59-$175

The Ballet West hails from Utah and has been performing The Nutcracker since 1963. This classic version is a favorite with the KenCen crowd and features the opulent scenery, costumes, and special effects. Bonus: if you go on a Sunday, you can enjoy the famous Sunday brunch served directly in the immaculate kitchen! For tickets, visit the Kennedy Center event page.


5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD

COMPANY: The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow
DATES: Dec. 18-19, 2018
TICKETS: $30-$60

This modern take features hip-hop choreography, an electric violinist, and a world-famous DJ to bring the story to life. This version also features a contemporary New York City setting. For tickets, visit the Strathmore event page.

COMPANY: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
DATES: Dec. 16-17, 2018
TICKETS: $28-$98

This popular version of the Nutcracker is set in Russia and features gorgeous hand-painted sets, Russian snow maidens, and nesting dolls. For tickets, visit the Strathmore event page.

Warner Theatre

513 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C.

COMPANY: The Washington Ballet Company's Nutcracker
DATES: Nov. 29–Dec. 28, 2018
TICKETS: $36.50-$200

This unique version of the ballet is set in historic Georgetown and boasts characters from the past like George Washington and King George III. For tickets, visit the Warner Theatre event page.


Hylton Performing Arts Center

10960 George Mason Circle in Manassas, VA

COMPANY: Virginia National Ballet
DATE:  Nov. 23, 2018
TICKETS: $37 | Student tickets -- $37

The beautiful sets, special effects, and costumes of this version highlight the talents of the dancers and students of the Virginia National Ballet School. For tickets, visit the Hylton Center event page.

COMPANY: The Northern Virginia Ballet
DATE: Nov. 24, 2018
TICKETS: $35 | Seniors, students, and children -- $25

This family-friendly version of the holiday classic features award-winning dancers of the Academy of Russian Ballet and international ballet star guest performers. For tickets, visit the Hylton Center event page.

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition that includes The Nutcracker? Let us know in the comments below!

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