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The Nutcracker
12.13.2019 - 12.24.2019 
Symphony Hall - Phoenix
Performing Arts Events


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Get ready for visions of sugar plums, mouse kings and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Ballet Arizona is proud to announce its 34th year of The Nutcracker performances, choreographed by renowned Artistic Director Ib Andersen. The Nutcracker will run from December 13-24 for a total of 14 performances, with afternoon and evening shows at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. All performances are accompanied with live music by The Phoenix Symphony.

In 2013, The New York Times’ senior dance critic Alastair Macaulay hailed Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker “one of the three finest productions” of the nearly 20 versions he attended around the country. Ballet Arizona, the Valley’s only professional ballet company, created the production in 2006 at a cost of $1.8 million.

The beloved ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful Mouse King before embarking on a wondrous journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Young and old alike will experience the many special effects, including the Christmas tree that "grows" to 40 feet, 200 pounds of "snow" falling during the snow scene and the firing of cannons onstage.

Enhance your 2019 holiday experience by upgrading your evening at The Nutcracker: 

Capture the Magic | VIP Premier Package

Receive the Golden Ticket VIP access pass when you purchase four premium tickets to The Nutcracker, including:

Complimentary photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy

Complimentary parking pass

VIP early admission

Free hot chocolate for four from the lobby café

An autographed pair of ballerina pointe shoes

2018 Ballet Arizona tote bag

$20 gift card toward a future Ballet Arizona performance

10 percent off at The Nutcracker lobby boutique


Family Fun Nights | Share the Wonder Package

During The Nutcracker performances on Dec. 13, the evening of Dec. 15 and matinee on Dec. 23, participate in holiday family fun, including:

A storybook reading of “The Nutcracker” 45 minutes before performance time

Mini ballet classes for children

Children’s coloring stations

Face painting, and much more!


Ticket prices for The Nutcracker start at $25, with discounts offered for seniors, students, military and groups. To ensure lowest ticket prices and purchase enhanced experiences, buy exclusively through Ballet Arizona. Tickets and packages can be purchased by calling 602.381.1096 or visiting balletaz.org.