The Holidays are rapidly approaching and it’s time to break out the festivities! One of the best family friendly traditions of the season is taking the kiddos to the Nutcracker. Whether you’re up for the big production with Pacific Northwest Ballet, or you’re more interested in the lighter variety with a jazzy Nutcracker, we’ve got all of the info to get your holiday spirit dancing this year along with the sugar plum fairies.

Pacific Northwest Ballet
The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker is now the world’s most recognized and celebrated production, now in its 29th season The legendary costumes and sets are designed by Maurice Sendak (author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are) and the performance itself is seen by approximately 100,000 people per year. Booster seats are available on a first come/first serve basis. The 2-hour plus performance is not for the faint of heart, but we’ve got a guide for those who want to bring little ones. If you have a bunch of aspiring ballerina’s in the family and the Nutcracker just won’t be enough, check out the Magical Fairytales Package where you can get tickets to 4 Fairytale Ballets (including the Nutcracker) for one price.
Cost: Tickets for the Nutcracker range from $26 to $113 for children and $28 to $123 for adults. Depending on when you go and where you sit prices fluctuate.
Dates: December 7 – December 29, 2012 at McCaw Hall, Seattle

Evergreen City Ballet, Renton
Evergreen City Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker will have your kids entertained and dazzled by the compelling performance, eye-catching sets, and beautiful costumes. The period production includes the holiday party, the mice that escape into the audience, the beautiful snow scene, and the Waltz of the flowers. It’s no wonder this performance is a favorite of Seattle families.
Cost: Tickets range from $13 – $31
Dates: December 1-2, 2012, at Lake Washington Performing Arts Center, December 8-9, 2012, at Auburn Performing Arts Center, and December 14-16, 2012, at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

Emerald Ballet
Over 175 students from Emerald Ballet Academy will dance alongside regional
professionals and four international guest artists. The Northshore Performing Arts Center where the Emerald Ballet Academy performs is easily accessible to East Siders, which is great if you don’t want to attempt crossing bridge in the middle of holiday traffic. And this Ballet Academy is all about accessibility, which means a focus on the family friendly experience. Tickets are reasonably priced: $20 for youth, $30 for seniors, and $35 for adults, and little ones won’t need to squirm to see, as every seat in the intimate NPAC theatre provides excellent views of the stage. And as a perk – parking is ample, close and free.
Dates: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 2012 at the Northshore Performing Arts Center, Bothell

Duke Ellington’s Jazz Nutcracker
Take the kiddos and jam out with the Roosevelt High School’s award winning Jazz Band as they re-create the music by Tchaikovsky! You’ll swing into the holiday spirit while supporting the arts in public schools.
Tickets: $15 for adults and $12 for kids
Dates: Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 pm

For other productions around the area and in your neighborhood, check out:

Cornish College Of The Arts
December 16, 2012 at Shorecrest High school Auditorium, Show at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for seniors and students

Olympic Ballet Theatre, Edmonds
December 8, 2012, Brynes Performing Arts Center
December 15-16, 2012 Everett Performing Arts Center
December 22-23, 2012 Edmonds Center for the Arts
Tickets range from $20 – $30

Woodinville Dance Academy, Redmond
December 7-8, 2012, at the Redmond High School Theater
Tickets range from $12 pre-ordered or $15 at the door

Which Nutcracker performance is a timeless classic for your family? Share your favorite Nutcracker performance in a comment below. 

photo credit: Angela Sterling