20 Lincoln Center Plaza,New York,Ny

New York Ballet’s The Nutcracker

when: Nov 25, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016 at various times

where: Upper West Side , New York City Ballet , 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, Ny

cost: $65/person and up

ages: All

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the scoop:

This 2-hour show is the gold standard, with 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of young students (50 per show) from the School of American Ballet. While some kids won’t be able to sit through this ballet, if you’re little ones are old enough to appreciate a good show, 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).

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