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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!
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
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
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
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