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Pennsylvania Ballet Presents
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Philadelphia holiday tradition with Pennsylvania Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet dancers perform "The Nutcracker" Credit: B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia


December 9-31, 2016

Note: The information below is from 2015. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


Celebrate the 47th year of one of Philadelphia’s favorite holiday traditions during as the Pennsylvania Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Academy of Music.

The unforgettable classic will once again transport audiences as Marie and her Prince battle the evil Mouse King and travel to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugarplum Fairy reigns. The production is brought to life with gorgeous costumes, amazing sets and incredible choreography.

Set to Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker has become a beloved Philadelphia holiday tradition, attracting more than 50,000 people each year.

A number of additional activities surround this annual extravaganza, including special events, family-friendly parties, charitable opportunities, exclusive appearances and more.

This is one of the city’s most popular holiday events, so reserve your tickets early to secure a great seat.

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The Nutcracker Market

After a successful inaugural year, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Market is returning for a second year at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. The free, festive holiday market, which serves as a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Ballet and The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, features more than 75 vendors offering a wide variety of gifts and handcrafted items including ornaments, jewelry, artwork and more.

Spread across three floors of the Kimmel Center, the holiday market will also feature a free behind the scenes display, special appearances from beloved characters in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ and performances from local dance groups and The Philly Pops.

Families can also browse the Land of Sweets candy shop, enjoy specialty food and drink and much more.

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Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy

Families can enjoy a magical afternoon in the ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel during a special Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy. Enjoy delectable sandwiches, teas and hot cocoa then pose for a special holiday photo with the Sugarplum Fairy. Afterwards, families can enjoy a matinee performance of The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music. To learn more and make reservations, click the button below.

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Tickets and Performances

Tickets to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Academy of Music are available by phone at (215) 893-1999, in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office or online at Buy tickets now with the button, below.

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