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Ann Arbor Nutcracker Performances - a young ballerina laying down while cradling a wooden nutcracker

Enchanting Nutcracker Performances near Ann Arbor 2023

For many families seeing The Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition. We are lucky to have a number of Ann Arbor Nutcracker performances to choose from.

Most of the local ballet companies with Ann Arbor Nutcracker performances return every year so you can start a traidtion to see the same show year after year. Or you can rotate through the different shows to get a different spin each year.

Featured Ann Arbor Nutcracker 2023

The Nutcracker presented by iBallet Studio

December 9 & 10

iBallet is thrilled to bring back their performance of a timeless classic for the holiday season, this time with even more talent and expertise. The production will feature professional guest...

Nutcracker Ann Arbor 2023

Check out all the great local Nutcracker performances in 2023. Ballet Chelsea Nutcracker 2023 performances of the Nutcracker are all in Jackson. The Jackson Symphony Orchestra provides the music for the classic ballet. For the first time since 2019, they have Sugar Plum Teas before their matinee performances of the Nutcracker.

Check out the University of Michigan’s Nutcracker-ish presented by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

If you know of any Michigan Nutcracker performances that are close to Ann Arbor and not on the list, please let me know either in the comments or via e-mail.

December 8 – The Nutcracker(ish)

Dance Building – 1100 Baits Dr Ann Arbor
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: Free
The Nutcracker(ish) is a BIPOC-centered modern reimagining of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King with elements of The Wizard of Oz. When young Clara, an aspiring ballerina, takes the train to get her first pair of pointe shoes, she is whisked away by a snowstorm to a magical Oz-like place. There she befriends the Nutcracker and the Snowwoman, encounters the infamous Mouse King, and journeys to meet the Great and Powerful Sorceress to get her greatest wish granted. From UMich Event Listing The show is for audiences of all ages and includes a mix of ballet, modern, hip-hop and jazz. In addition to the…read more…

December 9 – The Nutcracker

Milan High School – 200 Big Red Dr Milan
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $19
Ann Arbor Dance Classics presents their annual Nutcracker at Milan High School. They have two shows - Saturday December 9 & Sunday December 10 both at 2p

December 9 – The Nutcracker presented by iBallet Studio

Power Center – 121 Fletcher St Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $25.00
iBallet is thrilled to bring back their performance of a timeless classic for the holiday season, this time with even more talent and expertise. The production will feature professional guest dancers from the prestigious Mariinsky Ballet and Bolshoi Theatre. Take a break from your busy December for a chance to watch a whimsical and engaging ballet with the entire family! The show will be performed at 2p on both Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10. Get your tickets now!
The Nutcracker presented by iBallet Studio

December 9 – The Nutcracker(ish)

Dance Building – 1100 Baits Dr Ann Arbor
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: Free
The Nutcracker(ish) is a BIPOC-centered modern reimagining of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King with elements of The Wizard of Oz. When young Clara, an aspiring ballerina, takes the train to get her first pair of pointe shoes, she is whisked away by a snowstorm to a magical Oz-like place. There she befriends the Nutcracker and the Snowwoman, encounters the infamous Mouse King, and journeys to meet the Great and Powerful Sorceress to get her greatest wish granted. From UMich Event Listing The show is for audiences of all ages and includes a mix of ballet, modern, hip-hop and jazz. In addition to the…read more…


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December 10 – The Nutcracker(ish)

Dance Building – 1100 Baits Dr Ann Arbor
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: Free
The Nutcracker(ish) is a BIPOC-centered modern reimagining of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King with elements of The Wizard of Oz. When young Clara, an aspiring ballerina, takes the train to get her first pair of pointe shoes, she is whisked away by a snowstorm to a magical Oz-like place. There she befriends the Nutcracker and the Snowwoman, encounters the infamous Mouse King, and journeys to meet the Great and Powerful Sorceress to get her greatest wish granted. From UMich Event Listing The show is for audiences of all ages and includes a mix of ballet, modern, hip-hop and jazz. In addition to the…read more…

December 10 – The Nutcracker

Milan High School – 200 Big Red Dr Milan
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $19
Ann Arbor Dance Classics presents their annual Nutcracker at Milan High School. They have two shows - Saturday December 9 & Sunday December 10 both at 2p

December 10 – The Nutcracker presented by iBallet Studio

Power Center – 121 Fletcher St Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $25.00
iBallet is thrilled to bring back their performance of a timeless classic for the holiday season, this time with even more talent and expertise. The production will feature professional guest dancers from the prestigious Mariinsky Ballet and Bolshoi Theatre. Take a break from your busy December for a chance to watch a whimsical and engaging ballet with the entire family! The show will be performed at 2p on both Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10. Get your tickets now!
The Nutcracker presented by iBallet Studio

December 15 – Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea is presenting a new production of The Nutcracker under their new Artistic Director Michelle Quenon. The production includes music provided live by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Other Nutcracker Performances: Before the matinees, you can join Ballet Chelsea for an optional Sugar Plum Tea - making its return from COVID.

December 16 – Sugar Plum Tea

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: $35
Ballet Chelsea's Sugar Plum Tea returns for the first time since 2019! They are offering two sessions before both matinees of The Nutcracker. At the Sugar Plum Tea, you can watch company class on stage and enjoy a catered tea party. There will be a character meet & greet with a professional photographer, fun crafts, and more. Ballet Chelsea Nutcracker & Sugar Plum Tea: Ballet Chelsea performances of the Nutcracker or join their Sugar Plum Tea:

December 16 – Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea is presenting a new production of The Nutcracker under their new Artistic Director Michelle Quenon. The production includes music provided live by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Other Nutcracker Performances: Before the matinees, you can join Ballet Chelsea for an optional Sugar Plum Tea - making its return from COVID.

December 16 – Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea is presenting a new production of The Nutcracker under their new Artistic Director Michelle Quenon. The production includes music provided live by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Other Nutcracker Performances: Before the matinees, you can join Ballet Chelsea for an optional Sugar Plum Tea - making its return from COVID.

December 16 – The Nutcracker

Saline High School – 1300 Campus Parkway Saline
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $20
Dance Alliance presents The Nutcracker at Saline High School Saturday, December 16th at 7p & Sunday, December 17th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $20. Tickets can be paid for and online and picked up at Dance Alliance by December 15, purchased from The Dancer's Boutique, or purchased at the door 1 hour prior to the performance.

December 17 – Sugar Plum Tea

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: $35
Ballet Chelsea's Sugar Plum Tea returns for the first time since 2019! They are offering two sessions before both matinees of The Nutcracker. At the Sugar Plum Tea, you can watch company class on stage and enjoy a catered tea party. There will be a character meet & greet with a professional photographer, fun crafts, and more. Ballet Chelsea Nutcracker & Sugar Plum Tea: Ballet Chelsea performances of the Nutcracker or join their Sugar Plum Tea:

December 17 – Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea is presenting a new production of The Nutcracker under their new Artistic Director Michelle Quenon. The production includes music provided live by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Other Nutcracker Performances: Before the matinees, you can join Ballet Chelsea for an optional Sugar Plum Tea - making its return from COVID.

December 17 – The Nutcracker

Saline High School – 1300 Campus Parkway Saline
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $20
Dance Alliance presents The Nutcracker at Saline High School Saturday, December 16th at 7p & Sunday, December 17th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $20. Tickets can be paid for and online and picked up at Dance Alliance by December 15, purchased from The Dancer's Boutique, or purchased at the door 1 hour prior to the performance.

Ann Arbor Nutcrackers We are Watching for the Future

Many nutcracker performances are repeated year after year. Randazzo Dance has moved their nutcracker show to every other year. So they will not be performing in 2023.

Each year Theater Nova performs a holiday panto. Their 2022 show was Sugar Plum Panto and was included on our Nutcracker ballet Ann Arbor list. Their 2023 show is not Nutcracker themed, but details can be found in our Ann Arbor holiday performances.

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