UPDATED FOR 2017
Here is my round up of South Sound Nutcracker Performances for 2017.
This is a complete list, whether you’re looking for a fancy, big city production, or a more affordable show.
Feel free to share this list with all the little ballet lovers you know, and do let me know if you hear of a show I missed, or want to weigh in on your fav!
The complete list continues just below.
I’ve linked to deals I found on area Nutcrackers on Goldstar and Groupon with my affiliate link in the list below. As always, read the fine print on these carefully and make sure you’re selecting the time/date that work for you. Also, be aware that Goldstar often offers discounts on good seats; you might be able to get seats further away from the stage for less through the venue.
Thoughts On The Nutcracker in Seattle
If you know this one won’t work for you, just scroll down to the South Sound listings!
The most recognized area Nutcracker is the production put on by the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. This version is now the traditional George Balanchine production (not the Maurice Sendak one).
It is undoubtedly the most expensive Nutcracker. Is it worth it? I think that really depends on the age of your kiddos, your budget, and what you’re after in your Nutcracker experience. It is truly beautiful, professionally danced, and there are lovely photo ops. and special extras. This show also has special effects that smaller companies just can’t match.
If your children love ballet and you have the budget, I would probably do this one at least once. I would probably not take very young children or anyone seeing the Nutcracker for the very first time to this one. But I’m cheap…..let me know if you have different thoughts! We did also find discount tickets to the PNB Nutcracker on Goldstar.
If that just isn’t in your budget, or you don’t want to drive to Seattle, not to fear! We’ve found a dozen other Nutcracker options. There is truly one for every budget and one near you no matter what part of the South Sound you call home!
South Puget Sound Nutcracker Performances 2017
Your choice of full length performances or a kid friendly, one hour production at Renton Ikea Center, Saturday/Sunday, December 16-17th. Tickets are $24-$36 for full length performances and $18-$28 for the one hour show. My friend Christy has attended this production before and she raved about it. She thought the sets and performers were very professional, and the ballerinas came out after the show to mingle and pose for pictures. Last year, we also saw this one on Groupon. There are also performances in Bellevue and Auburn (see below). Buy tickets here.
Shortened hour long productions and full length productions at the Auburn Performing Arts Center, Saturday/Sunday, December 9-10. Tickets are $24-$36 for full length performances and $18-$28 for the one hour show.
If that offer doesn’t work for you, you can also buy tickets here.
Evergreen City Ballet- Bellevue
You can see either the hour-long or full-length production at the Meydenbauer Center on two weekends: November 24,25 and 26th and December 2nd and 3rd. As a special treat, the Heritage Symphony Orchestra will play at the Nov 24th and 26th performances. Tickets are $24-$36 for full length performances and $18-$28 for the one hour show. Buy tickets here.
This studio presents a shorter holiday show called Nutcracker Highlights. From Tiffany– This is a very kid-friendly and well done show; I highly recommend this for younger kids or those who just want an introduction. Saturday, December 16th at 2 and 7 p.m. Advance tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets. (Prices not available yet, but I remember it being very reasonable.) You can also purchase tickets at the door CASH only.
The show is approximately 90 minutes long and will be presented at Columbia Junior High PAC on Friday, December 1, 7:30pm and Saturday, December 2nd, 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance (this sale ends November 29th) and $20 at the door. Children ages 3 and up must have a ticket. Purchase tickets at above link.
DTNW’s ballet is told as a bedtime story, and is ideal for families. Held at the Mt. Tahoma Auditorium. Tickets are $22-$26/adults, $11-$13/students and seniors. Performances will be held on Saturday, December 16th at 2:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday, December 17th at 4:00pm. Buy tickets here.
Note New location this year-Performances will be at the new Federal Way Performing Arts Center December 15th/16th 21st/22nd at 7:30, December 17th at 3p.m, and Saturday the 23rd at 3 p.m. You can also join in the Sugarplum tea after the 3 p.m. matinee performances for an extra $12. Tickets are $18-$104. This production features the full story, “The Nutcracker and the Tale of the Hard Nut.” Purchase tickets here.
Russian Grand Ballet Presents The Nutcracker at the Pantages Theater at Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma
Note from SFM: This is a one night performance only. It is NOT the Tacoma City Ballet; it’s performers from the Russian Grand Ballet. It IS at the Pantages, which is gorgeous.
We found discounts to this Nutcracker here.
A full length classical presentation of The Nutcracker on December 16th at 7p.m. and 17th at 5:30. Tickets are $25/general admission, $20/Seniors, Military, Youth, and $15/children 3-6. Children under age 2 must have a ticket unless sitting in a ticket holder’s lap. Tickets are $30 at the door. Link to buy tickets is in the above link.
Performs at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Shows on weekends December 8-17, with various show times. Ticket prices range depending on seats from $23-33, plus a $3 Washington Center facility fee. This production features over 200 dancers! Buy tickets here.
Performs the longest running Nutcracker on the Peninsula, December 1-3rd at Bremerton High School. Tickets are $14-$66. You may also want to check out the Nutcracker Tea. Buy tickets here.
If you decide to take in a performance, you should definitely read the book to your children first. Children will be so much more engaged if they understand what is happening.
Here are some best bets at Amazon (my affiliate link-clicking the pic takes you to the site). You can likely find them at your library or independent bookseller as well.
If your kiddos are way too wiggly to even consider a ballet outing, but you’d still like that fancy dress-up photo, you might try the Seymour Conservatory which makes for a festive and ornate looking pic this time of year.
Know a great show I missed? Think my post wasn’t on pointe? Let me know! Keep in mind that this list only includes Nutcracker performances. There are many other holiday performances, plus tons of other holiday events. You’ll find a complete list in our South Sound holiday events guide (coming soon)!
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