Dancing mice and waltzing flowers are all part of the festive tradition of watching The Nutcracker, something every daydreamer or tiny dancer should experience at least once. Luckily LA offers a range of productions catering to every audience member, from tutu-loving toddlers to kids who would much rather dance with dragons than fairies. Flip through to find the perfect production that your kids will go nuts for!

Timeless Tradition: Westside Ballet

If it’s a mix of LA tradition and classic ballet you are looking for, West Side Ballet’s production is right up your alley. Celebrating it’s 45 season, this is the longest running Nutcracker production in LA and is accompanied by a live orchestra to boot. This is particularly friendly for your young theater-goers as there are early matinees, booster seats for the little ones and babes 2 and under can sit on your lap for free.

Shows are November 25 & 26 and December 2 & 3 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Event details.

photo: Todd Lechtick

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

—Shahrzad Warkentin