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12th ANNUAL

The only award that celebrates live performances of The Nutcracker nationwide, it's determined by Goldstar audience members who have attended these shows. The winner receives The Nutty statuette, a cash prize toward education programs, and bragging rights for being the best Nutcracker in the U.S.

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Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker With Full Symphony Orchestra

This stunning version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet by artistic director David Wilcox has been a Southern Californian holiday favorite for more than 30 years. Accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, the Long Beach Nutcracker also boasts sparkling sets and costumes, a cast of over 200, dazzling pyrotechnics and magic effects — along with a special appearance by Rebel, Long Beach Ballet’s gorgeous white Arabian horse. The Los Angeles Times calls Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker “opulent, family-oriented holiday entertainment,” and The Huffington Post raves that it “enchants children and their parents with spectacle and awe.” See More

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Find a Nutcracker Near You
01
A Ballet-Free Adaptation of The Nutcracker
Chopin Theatre Mainstage
Chicago, IL
02
Joffrey Ballet Performs The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
03
Nutcracker Rouge: A Baroque Burlesque Confection
Theatre XIV
Brooklyn, NY
04
The Nutcracker: Magical Holiday Favorite
Phoenix Symphony Hall
Phoenix, AZ
05
Holiday Fave Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy
State Theatre Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN
06
Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: Sweet Holiday Fave
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Redondo Beach, CA
07
San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco, CA
08
The Nutcracker: Holiday Ballet Classic
Athenaeum Theatre
Chicago, IL
09
The Nutcracker: Tustin Dance Center’s 15th Annual Holiday Production
Plummer Auditorium
Fullerton, CA
10
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® By Miami City Ballet
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA
11
California Ballet’s The Nutcracker, With San Diego Symphony
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
12
Pacific Northwest Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA
13
Ballethnic’s Urban Nutcracker II — Wonderland
Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center
Decatur, GA
14
Urban Nutcracker Remixes Holiday Fave
Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Boston, MA
15
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
The Wiltern
Los Angeles, CA
16
Long Island Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker: 32nd Anniversary Edition
Landmark on Main Street
Port Washington, NY
17
The Nutcracker: Enchanting Youth Production
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
Worcester, MA
18
Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Denver, CO
19
City Ballet School Dancers in The Nutcracker
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
San Francisco, CA
20
Holiday Family Tradition The Fox Valley Nutcracker
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Batavia, IL
21
Ballet Legere’s 2018 The Nutcracker Ballet
Lund Auditorium
River Forest, IL
22
The Nutcracker: Magical and Beloved Holiday Ballet From Ballet Theatre of Maryland
Maryland Hall
Annapolis, MD
23
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Hippodrome Theatre
Baltimore, MD
24
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
San Diego, CA
25
Miami City Ballet: “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker"
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
West Palm Beach, FL
26
Haunted 4-D Attraction Dracula’s Nutcracker
Southern Performing Arts Academy
Lawrenceville, GA
27
Moscow Ballet’s Magical Great Russian Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre
Denver, CO
28
Commonwealth Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA
29
Olney Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Olney Theatre Center - Historic Stage
Olney, MD
30
Miami City Ballet: “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker"
Broward Center - Au-Rene Theater
Fort Lauderdale, FL
31
The Nutcracker: The Magical Holiday Ballet
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
La Mirada, CA
32
The Nutcracker: Magical Holiday Ballet
Creative Arts Building
Pittsburg, CA
33
The Nutcracker: 20th Anniversary Show
Blessed Trinity Catholic High School
Roswell, GA
34
California Dance Ensemble’s Nutcracker Ballet
The Performing Arts Education Center (C-PAEC)
Calabasas, CA
35
A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker: Risque Holiday Favorite
Studio Theatre at the Addison Conference & Theatre Centre
Addison, TX
36
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Legendary Kurtis Blow
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
37
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Boch Center Wang Theatre
Boston, MA
38
The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic From Coast City Ballet
Huntington Beach Historical Theater
Huntington Beach, CA
39
The Nutcracker: South Bay Ballet’s Holiday Favorite
El Camino College Center for the Arts -- Marsee Auditorium
Torrance, CA
40
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Guest MC Kurtis Blow
Keller Auditorium
Portland, OR
41
Chicago Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker
McAninch Arts Center
Glen Ellyn, IL
42
Holiday Favorite The Nutcracker From City Ballet
Spreckels Theatre
San Diego, CA
43
Holiday Classics: Nutcracker Sweet
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA
44
Christmas Is…
Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College
Glendora, CA
45
The Nutcracker: The Fairfax Ballet
W.T. Woodson High School
Fairfax, VA
46
San Diego Ballet’s The Nutcracker Stars an International Cast
Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
San Diego, CA
47
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Guest MC Kurtis Blow
Fox Performing Arts Center
Riverside, CA
48
The Chocolate Nutcracker
Dillard Center for the Arts - Mainstage
Fort Lauderdale, FL
49
Ballet West Brings Whimsical New Nutcracker to D.C.
The Kennedy Center - Opera House
Washington, DC
50
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With MC Kurtis Blow
Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL
51
The Nutcracker: Holiday Fave Stars Dancers of All Ages
Alex Theatre
Glendale, CA
52
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker From NYC Ballet
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
New York, NY
53
New Spin on the Classic Christmas Ballet
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
Minneapolis, MN
54
Berkeley Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker
Valley Center for the Performing Arts - Regents Theatre
Oakland, CA
55
The Nutcracker: Holiday Favorite From Festival Ballet Theatre
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Irvine, CA
56
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Guest MC Kurtis Blow
Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater
Long Beach, CA
57
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
The Triple Door
Seattle, WA
58
The Yorkville Nutcracker, Set in Old New York
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
New York, NY
59
The Washington Ballet’s DC-Inspired Nutcracker
Warner Theatre
Washington, DC
60
The Nutcracker — Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre’s Student Production
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Los Angeles, CA
61
Georgia Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - Cobb Civic Center
Marietta, GA
62
Disney’s The Nutcracker & the 4 Realms
El Capitan Theatre
Hollywood, CA
63
The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Holiday Classic Remixed
Emerson Colonial Theatre
Boston, MA
64
The Nutcracker, With Live Symphony Orchestra
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall
Costa Mesa, CA
65
San Jose Dance Theatre: 53rd Annual The Nutcracker
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
San Jose, CA
66
The Nutcracker: Performed by the San Francisco Youth Ballet Theatre
Mercy High School Theatre
San Francisco, CA
67
David Allan’s Nutcracker: Holiday Fave From BRAVA
Landis Performing Arts Center
Riverside, CA
68
Contra Costa Ballet’s Condensed Nutcracker
Lesher Center for the Arts - Hofmann Theater
Walnut Creek, CA
69
Peninsula Ballet’s Magical Nutcracker
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Redwood City, CA
70
Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s Cherished Production of The Nutcracker
Infinite Energy Center - Theater
Duluth, GA
71
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Flint Center for the Performing Arts
Cupertino, CA
72
The Ballet Studio Dances The Nutcracker
Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Temecula, CA
73
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts Theatre
University Park, IL
74
The Nutcracker With the Fairfax Symphony & Fairfax Ballet
George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Fairfax, VA
75
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Strand Theatre
Dorchester, MA
76
NJ Ballet’s The Nutcracker With Live Orchestra
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown, NJ
77
José Mateo’s Magical The Nutcracker
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
Boston, MA
78
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL
79
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
80
The Nutcracker Springs to Life With New West Ballet
Poway Center for the Performing Arts
Poway, CA
81
The Nutcracker Starring Local Dancers
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
San Bernardino, CA
82
The Nutcracker Ballet: A Beloved Holiday Tradition
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
Coral Springs, FL
83
The Nutcracker: The Anaheim Ballet’s Holiday Treat
City National Grove of Anaheim
Anaheim, CA
84
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
McFarlin Auditorium
Dallas, TX
85
Nutcracker 1776: Historical Holiday Charm
Merriam Theater
Philadelphia, PA
86
Emerald Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation
Bothell, WA
87
Sacramento Ballet’s New Take on The Nutcracker
Sacramento Community Center Theater
Sacramento, CA
88
The Nutcracker: Beloved Holiday Dance Favorite
Plummer Auditorium
Fullerton, CA
89
The Nutcracker With Full Symphony
Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN
90
Oakland Ballet’s The Nutcracker by Graham Lustig
Paramount Theatre
Oakland, CA
91
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Fairfax, VA
92
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Guest MC Kurtis Blow
Paramount Theatre
Oakland, CA
93
The Brooklyn Nutcracker: Fresh Take on Holiday Classic
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
94
The Story of the Nutcracker
The Company OnStage
Houston, Texas
95
Sunrise Ballet’s 27th Annual Nutcracker
Servite Theatre
Anaheim, CA
96
The Nutcracker Comes Alive With Break Dancing & Ballet
Downtown Bellevue PAC
Bellevue, WA
97
Miami City Ballet: “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker"
Adrienne Arsht Center - Ziff Ballet Opera House
Miami, FL
98
The Nutcracker
Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Flushing, NY
99
Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium
Chicago, IL
100
The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue: Celebrate the Season With Laughter
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
Arlington Heights, IL
101
A Holiday Mini-Musical for the Entire Family
Pico Playhouse
Los Angeles, CA
102
The Nutcracker With NYC Backdrops
Theatre 80
New York, NY
103
The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Classic Holiday Tale Remixed
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Redwood City, CA
104
California Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Toddler-Friendly Performance
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
105
Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker Brings the Merry
The Theater at Woodrow Wilson High School
Washington, DC
106
New Year’s Eve Under the Fireworks Yacht Party
Skyport Marina
New York, NY
107
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL
108
Nutcracker Sweets: Children’s Holiday Ballet
Fort Mason Center - Cowell Theater
San Francisco, CA
109
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker With Youth Cast
The Venue at Friendship Springs
Flowery Branch, GA
110
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
San Francisco, CA
111
South Bay Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
El Camino College Center for the Arts -- Marsee Auditorium
Torrance, CA
112
The Nutcracker by Berkeley Ballet Theater
Valley Center for the Performing Arts - Regents Theatre
Oakland, CA
113
Ballet Legere – 29th Annual Production of the Nutcracker
Lund Auditorium
River Forest, IL
114
Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker Suite
The Madison Center for the Arts
Phoenix, AZ
115
The Nutcracker Ballet in Boulder
Macky Auditorium Concert Hall
Boulder, CO
116
The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker!
Stone Cottage Theatre
Addison, TX
117
The Nutcracker: The Magical Holiday Ballet
Larcom Theatre
Beverly, MA
118
A Christmas Fairy Tale (Based on The Nutcracker Story)
Mount Pisgah Christian School (South Campus Building A)
Johns Creek, GA
119
“The Nutcracker” @ Old Town Temecula Theater
Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Temecula, CA
120
Nutcracker (not so) Suite
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
Minneapolis, MN
121
San Jose Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Mexican Heritage Plaza
San Jose, CA
122
In A Nutshell: A New York City Nutcracker
Theatre 80
New York, NY
123
City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
San Francisco, CA
124
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Kurtis Blow
Riverside Theater
Milwaukee, WI
125
Beyond the Land of Sweets, a Nutcracker Sequel and Dance Performance
California State University, Northridge
Los Angeles, CA
126
The Nutcracker: Classic Christmas Tale
Granada Theatre Ontario
Ontario, CA