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Nutcracker shows in Toronto for 2016

Toronto really loves The Nutcracker. Not only has it been viewed by over one million people since 1995 at the National Ballet alone, but there are countless versions of it all over the city during December. From classical ballet to modern takes, there's a Nutcracker production out there for you, whatever your budget is. 

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    • December 7
      The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents the best of Tchaikovsky at Roy Thomson Hall. Conductor Cristian Măcelaru (Associate Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra) is at the podium. The concert includes gorgeous ballet music from The Nutcracker and the dynamic, folk-flavoured Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott.
      Roy Thomson Hall
    • December 10-31
      The National Ballet of Canada’s multilayered version of the famous ballet, choreographed by James Kudelka, is a spectacular re-imagining that has been greeted with acclaim by critics and audiences whenever it is performed. The National Ballet’s production has delighted more than 1 million people since its premiere in 1995.
      Four Seasons Centre of the Arts
    • December 11
      Canada’s Ballet Jorgen’s reimagined The Nutcracker returns from acclaimed choreographer and artistic director Bengt Jorgen. This is a collaboration with Kleinburg’s McMichael Canadian Art Collection and it features beautiful 20th century Canadian landscapes as the backdrop to the performance.
      Betty Oliphant Theatre
    • December 15
      An adult twist on beautiful holiday story filled with dirty jokes, burlesque, booze and of course, a warm holiday feeling of love. Think less pirouettes and more splits with no pants. There's an early and late show and tickets at the doors start at $35.
      Lula Lounge
    • December 16-18
      This version of the famous ballet comes from the not-for-profit dance school in Parkdale and brings together nearly 100 dancers from ages seven to 18 and is apparently the longest running performance of The Nutcracker in Toronto. It's an annual tradition for many families in and around the Toronto area, which brings Parkdale and its surrounding communities together for an evening of dance and holiday cheer.
      Bia Bouman School for Ballet
    • December 17
      This version of the fantastic Christmas tale features the local cast of young talented dancers alongside world renowned stars from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, Anastasia Stashkevich and Viacheslav Lopatin. This Sony Centre version includes original choreography, beautiful costumes and impressive sets.
      Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
    • December 23-26
      In honour of choreographer Peter Wright’s 90th birthday, The Royal Ballet brings back his unique and much beloved 1984 production once again. Expect to see beautiful movements and Tchaikovsky’s classic score come alive in this story of enchantment and romance.
      Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
    Lead photo by

    Karolina Kuras of Jillian Vanstone in The Nutcracker.

Lead photo by

Karolina Kuras of Jillian Vanstone in The Nutcracker.

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