Tree decorating, carol singing, cookie baking: it wouldn’t be Christmas with out them. Add to the list seeing Clara, the Sugarplum fairy and all the others in The Nutcracker. LA has dozens of productions, and we’ll help you find the perfect one for taking your toddler for the first time, inspiring a bitty ballerina, or bringing the kid who’s too cool for tutus!

Sticking to Tradition: Los Angeles Ballet

The Los Angeles Ballet has proved itself to be an institution to that takes on work of all varieties. In this production, LAB has stayed true to their classical roots with a little spin: the show is set in LA in 1912 (something to make us love it even more). And as a way to serve their audience in this horizontal city, LAB takes The Nutcracker on the road, performing at four venues, so something should be close to you!

The Los Angeles Ballet will perform at The Alex Theatre, The Dolby Theatre, Royce Hall at UCLA and The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

photo: Reed Hutchinson

  • Sticking to Tradition: Los Angeles Ballet
  • A Twist on the Classic: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
  • A Must See: Bob Baker Marionette Theatre
  • Play Group Gathering: The Nutcracker School Show
  • LA Tradition: West Side Ballet
  • Old Country Style: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
  • Inspire Your Dancer: The Red Chair Children’s Production
  • Fantastical Fare: The Long Beach Ballet
  • Actual Sugarplum Sweets: Pasadena Dance Theater
  • Woah, A Dragon: Inland Pacific Ballet

Which show does your family plan to check out this year? Let us know below!

—LeTania Kirkland Smith