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Anaheim Ballet Nutcracker Magic

Nutcracker Anaheim Ballet - Women dancing ballet
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Matt Claiborne
November 5, 2021

The Nutcracker is one of the world's most beloved and celebrated ballets. This holiday classic is considered a must-see every season. Even if you've seen the Nutcracker presented many times before, you will fall in love with this heartwarming classic again and enjoy Anaheim's unique production.

Experience Anaheim Ballet Nutcracker

Anaheim Ballet's presentation of The Nutcracker is a family favorite. Talented artists present the classic story while Symphony Irvine provides the unbeatable soundtrack.

The Nutcracker Story


The Nutcracker ballet was initially presented in 1892. It was choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, while Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the heart-stirring score.

While the ballet performance wasn't initially successful, Tchaikovsky's score became famous.

The story behind the ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Clara and her Nutcracker doll work to transform their dark winter into a joyful Candyland. The resonating theme of the ballet reminds viewers that good overcomes evil.

During the performance, guests will be enchanted by their favorite characters, such as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Toy Soldiers.

The story begins on Christmas Eve and revolves around a young girl, Clara, who sneaks downstairs to play with her favorite toy, a nutcracker.

Clara is whisked away on an adventure by a mysterious magician. Clara must defeat the evil Mouse King before traveling to the Land of Snow in the Kingdom of Sweets. Finally, Clara will meet the enduring favorite, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and dance the night away.

While the ballet wasn't received well in 1892, today, it is the most frequently performed ballet of all time.

Anaheim Ballet

Women performing ballet

This year, Anaheim Ballet will be performing the Nutcracker for the 35th time. Sarma Lapenieks, Anaheim Ballet's Artistic Director, manages the impressive choreography and staging. While the story remains the same, Anaheim Ballet adds new staging to keep the production fresh and relevant each year.

Guests will marvel at the visual spectacle. Be amazed by the impressive Christmas tree, battling toy soldiers, and waltzing flowers.

Symphony Irvine

Symphony playing

Symphony Irvine's Artistic Director and Conductor Dean Anderson will conduct the symphony as they bring Tchaikovsky's timeless score to life. The music is haunting, beautiful, and enduring. You'll be humming the famous tunes for the rest of the holiday season.

Anaheim Ballet Nutcracker Details

There are just two performances of this holiday favorite in Anaheim. The Nutcracker will be performed on Thanksgiving weekend, on Saturday, November 27th. The first performance is a 2:00 pm matinee. The second performance takes place at 7:00 pm.

The parking lot opens one hour before the performance, and parking is $15 per car. In addition, you can take a ride-share or Anaheim Resort Transportation to arrive at the event.

Experience Holiday Magic in Anaheim

Anaheim knows how to celebrate the magic of the season. Make sure to book your tickets early for The Nutcracker, as they are sure to sell out.

If you can't get enough of holiday magic, check out Anaheim Ballet's A Southern California Christmas on December 19th. Over 150 performers bring the holiday magic to life by presenting their favorite holiday tunes and dances.

To experience a cold treat without standing in the snow, check out Anaheim's best ice cream.

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