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Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

This list of The Nutcracker performances in Orange County is one that you’ll need to bookmark as you start scheduling your social calendar.

There’s tons of fun things to see, eat and do this Winter season and we’re happy to be rounding up as many Nutcracker performances as we could find for you. 

This Orange County Nutcracker performances list is organized by city and noted where the entrance are FREE. Use it as a jumping off point to celebrate this holiday in Orange County and choose a few holiday events to attend.

Scroll down and let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

p.s. If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Orange County this winter, check out our Orange County Winter events guide!

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Orange County Nutcracker performances organized by city


Anaheim Ballet’s The Nutcracker | The Grove of Anaheim

November 25 and 26

The Nutcracker ballet is a cornerstone of seasonal family entertainment and tradition. Tickets start at $25.


American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker | Segerstrom Hall

December 9-18, 2022

SoCal’s favorite holiday tradition returns with American Ballet Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Created by one of today’s most celebrated choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky, this dazzling holiday treat features ABT’s roster of superstar dancers along with gorgeous sets and costumes by Tony winner Richard Hudson, and Pacific Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Tickets start at $29.

Nutcracker for Kids | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

December 3, 2022

Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a jolly visit from Santa Claus himself! Tickets start at $45.


Nouveau Chamber Ballet Presents The Nutcracker | Fullerton College Campus Theatre

December 17, 2022

A one-hour performance specially made for children of all ages. Celebrate the season with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Kingdom of Sweets. Reserved Seating $15 – $25.


Narrated Nutcracker | Huntington Beach Central Library

December 3 and 4

Festival Ballet Theatre’s lavish 45-minute, narrated rendition of The Nutcracker is specially designed to introduce young children to the beauty of classical ballet and music. Tickets are $10.

Ballet Etudes presents The Nutcracker | Huntington Beach Historic Theater

December 3, 4 and 11

The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Ballet Etudes, a non-profit youth ballet company. Free parking and wheelchair accessible. Tickets: $25-up.

The Nutcracker Ballet | Golden West College

December 10-24

Enjoy this cherished tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes. Travel through a magical world of life-size dolls, toy soldiers, and delicate snowflakes to the fabulous Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Exuberant French, Spanish, Arabian, Russian, and Chinese dances await you. Orange County’s longest-running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good family tradition. General admission $25.

Nutcracker + Ballet at the Reading Reef | Pacific City

Enjoy a story time with local author and entrepreneur Maureen McCabe, enjoy a Nutcracker Demonstration and mini class.


Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker | Irvine Barclay Theatre

December 10-24, 2022

A cherished holiday classic, perfect for all ages. Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of The Nutcracker. Tickets start at $45.

Nutcracker: Abridged Matinee for Young Audiences | Irvine Barclay Theatre

December 9

A 1-hour performance specially made for student/school groups.
Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker, part of Children’s Invitation to the Ballet, was specially designed to introduce elementary and junior high school students to the beauty of classical ballet and music.


Casa Nutcracker | Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

December 8

Performed by the Orange County Ballet Theater. This abridged version of the holiday classic features choreography tailored to Casa Romantica’s intimate Main Salon theater, with a runtime of one hour and twenty minutes. Tickets are $40.

Originally published on October 26, 2022. Last Updated on November 6, 2022 by Belinda Espinoza Simon

Belinda Espinoza is a Santa Ana native who grew up speaking Spanish to her abuela and Mexican parents. She went to college to become an educator and continues to work in the field of education. She also has ten nieces and nephews and she enjoys spending time with them. Her blogging career started in 2014 when Pattie Cordova invited her to join the team. Little did she know how much she would develop a passion for writing. She loves attending date night events, business networking events, local travel and writing about things to do with family and friends. She also loves going to food festivals for date night and trying out new restaurants. Finding a new adventure is always fun and getting to write about it is even better!

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