New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Returns for the Holidays

  Last modified on November 22nd, 2021

What could be sweeter than a long-awaited trip to the Sugarplum Fairy’s Kingdom this coming winter?

New York City Ballet’s enchanting holiday tradition returns to the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center after a year-long absence. Join Marie and her Nutcracker Prince as they journey to a land where scrumptious sweets dance before their eyes from November 26, 2021, to January 2, 2022.


According to the New York Times, 2020 marked the first year George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker was not performed since the company premiered the ballet back in 1954. During NYCB’s opening night last September 21, the orchestra treated audience members to The Waltz of the Flowers between dance performances. The thunderous applause afterward showed just how much The Nutcracker was missed.

New York City Ballet Safety Measures

The health and safety of visitors, dancers, and stage management is NYCB’s top priority. According to their website, they will implement a mandatory vaccination policy for all visitors.

  • For audience members aged 12 years and older, vaccination proof will be required upon entering the theater.
  • For children under the age of 12 and those who are unable to get vaccinated “due to medical reasons or sincerely held religious belief,” proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before the performance) will be required.
  • Additionally, audience members (regardless of age and vaccination status) will be required to wear a proper mask at the performance.

For more information on protocols, please visit New York City Ballet’s safety measures page.

With the upcoming return of this beloved classic, audiences can expect an evening of enchantment and dance from the iconic music of Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, choreography by George Balanchine, costumes by Barbara Karinska, and sets by Rouben Ter-Arutunian.

For information on ticket prices and casting, please visit the New York City Ballet website.

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