Sure, NYC is home to perhaps the most famous Nutcracker production (looking at you New York City Ballet), but it’s not the only sugar plum fairy game in town. (And not all kids may be ready for a two-hour extravaganza at Lincoln Center.) Click through to explore the options, which range from hip-hip, to Russian, to New York CIty-inspired‚ as well as a one-hour starter version.
For Balanchine purists: New York City Ballet
This 2-hour show is the gold standard, with 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of young students (50 per performance) from the School of American Ballet. While all kids probably won’t be able to sit through this ballet, and it's recommended for the elementary school age crowd, the scenery is breathtaking (a Christmas tree grows from 12 feet to 40 feet in front of your eyes), and the costumes are opulent (including one that weighs 85 pounds and still requires the dancer playing Mother Ginger to stay on her toes).
Tickets: From $75 to $285
Nov. 24 - Dec. 31
David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center
photo: New York City Ballet
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