Put the leftover turkey away and sit down to enjoy this classic ballet on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the holiday season.

Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 fairy tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, The Nutcracker ballet tells the story of a little girl who goes to the Land of Sweets on Christmas Eve. The music. The choreography. The graceful ballet beauty. Watching The Nutcracker is an annual tradition for countless families.

You and your family are now able to view Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker from the comfort of your own home throughout the holiday season, thanks to Rocky Mountain PBS.

Rocky Mountain PBS will broadcast The Nutcracker, beginning on Thanksgiving Day and five more times until Christmas Day:

  • Thursday, Nov. 26 – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 27 – 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 18 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 19 – 1 a.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 24 – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 25 – 12 a.m. 

"The magical spirit of the season comes to life in this acclaimed production and beloved holiday favorite that sells out every year. Tune in to view this special presentation of Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker on Rocky Mountain PBS. Join Clara and her army of toy soldiers as they battle the Mouse King and journey to the legendary land of Sweets," says the Colorado Ballet.

If you're not yet convinced, here's a quick preview of the show in all of its splendor.

Rocky Mountain PBS Gives Provides Viewing Options

"For information about how to access the Rocky Mountain PBS channel in a specific area, please visit rmpbs.org/channels. The production may also be streamed at no cost any time throughout the holiday season on the Rocky Mountain PBS app, downloadable at rmpbs.org/pbs-video-app."

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