The Nutcracker Ann Arbor Area Performance Guide

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.

Ann Arbor Nutcracker Performances

We are currently updating this list for 2019.

Featured Nutcracker Performances:

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Randazzo Dance Company’s The Nutcracker – December 21 & 22

Celebrate the holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, with guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET and Michael Lee as Drosselmeyer. Randazzo Dance Company’s 51st annual The Nutcracker will run at the Power Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 pm.


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Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Nutcracker with the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

Downtown Branch of AADL – 343 South Fifth Avenue Ann Arbor
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Cost: Free
Join AADL as the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet performs a shortened version of the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker, followed by a meet and greet with the dancers. The event is for all ages and will be in the First Floor Lobby.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sugar Plum Tea

Chelsea High School – 740 N. Freer Rd Chelsea
Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Cost: $15/children, $20/adult
Join Ballet Chelsea for a Sugar Plum Tea before their matinee of The Nutcracker. Sugar Plum Tea includes fancy desserts and dancers mingling in costume.Other Nutcracker Performances:Ballet Chelsea performances of the Nutcracker or join their Sugar Plum Tea:

Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

Chelsea High School – 740 N. Freer Rd Chelsea
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea proudly presents its 22nd Annual performance of The Nutcracker, a Christmas Eve tale about a young girl named Marie and her magical journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Choreographed by Artistic Director Wendi DuBois, the Ballet Chelsea company artists and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra musicians will come together for the third year to present this annual full-length, narrated ballet. Join us for Christmas Eve festivities at the Stahlbaum's, complete with godfather Drosselmeier and his charming mechanical dolls, to a fierce midnight battle, and on to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Experience this spectacular holiday event that keeps…read more…

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sugar Plum Tea

Chelsea High School – 740 N. Freer Rd Chelsea
Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Cost: $15/children, $20/adult
Join Ballet Chelsea for a Sugar Plum Tea before their matinee of The Nutcracker. Sugar Plum Tea includes fancy desserts and dancers mingling in costume.Other Nutcracker Performances:Ballet Chelsea performances of the Nutcracker or join their Sugar Plum Tea:

Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

Chelsea High School – 740 N. Freer Rd Chelsea
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea proudly presents its 22nd Annual performance of The Nutcracker, a Christmas Eve tale about a young girl named Marie and her magical journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Choreographed by Artistic Director Wendi DuBois, the Ballet Chelsea company artists and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra musicians will come together for the third year to present this annual full-length, narrated ballet. Join us for Christmas Eve festivities at the Stahlbaum's, complete with godfather Drosselmeier and his charming mechanical dolls, to a fierce midnight battle, and on to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Experience this spectacular holiday event that keeps…read more…

Friday, December 13, 2019

Holiday Pops

Hill Auditorium – 825 N. University Ave Ann Arbor
Time: 8:00pm
Cost: $15-$60/Adult, Children's Tickets Half Price
Featuring your holiday favorites! Join your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in welcoming the holidays with some of the most beloved music of the season. Hill Auditorium will glow with the magical spirt of this cherished A2SO tradition. This year, we present Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Enjoy this unique and imaginative jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet. Hill Auditorium will ring with the vibrant colors of Ellington’s arrangement as the A2SO celebrates the holiday season.  

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Nutcracker

Michigan Theater – 603 E. Liberty St Ann Arbor
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost: $35-45
A must-see holiday event for the entire family! Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. With an impressive cast of Michigan’s talented ballet students, joined by international professional ballet dancers as guest artists, the Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday tradition to be enjoyed by all ages.

Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea proudly presents its 22nd Annual performance of The Nutcracker, a Christmas Eve tale about a young girl named Marie and her magical journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Choreographed by Artistic Director Wendi DuBois, the Ballet Chelsea company artists and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra musicians will come together for the third year to present this annual full-length, narrated ballet. Join us for Christmas Eve festivities at the Stahlbaum's, complete with godfather Drosselmeier and his charming mechanical dolls, to a fierce midnight battle, and on to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Experience this spectacular holiday event that keeps…read more…

The Nutcracker

Saline High School – 1300 Campus Parkway Saline
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $15
The Nutcracker: Dance Alliance. Dance Alliance presents their 22nd Annual Nutcracker at the Saline High School Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 7p & Sunday, December 15th at 3:00pm.Tickets are $15 and available in advance at Dance Alliance or Dancer's Boutique.. 429-9599. Don't miss Tea with the Cast before this show.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Tea with the Cast of Nutcracker

Saline High School – 1300 Campus Parkway Saline
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: $20
Join the Dance Alliance Nutcracker Cast for a special Tea before the Sunday 3p performance of their 22nd annual Nutcracker. Tickets for tea are $20/person and are limited. Supply is limited. Join them after the tea for the show - show tickets are separate.  

Nutcracker Cookies & Craft, Meet the Cast

VEdance – 741 Emerick Street Ypsilanti
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: Free
To celebrate Nutcracker season the Ann Arbor area residents of all ages are welcome to come meet some of the Randazzo Dance Company's Nutcracker cast members at a free and fun event. Browse and shop for Christmas gifts while enjoying refreshments and your little ones partake in a fun craft. Come meet beautiful dancers while supporting local this holiday season! Parents and guardians are welcome to take photos of their aspiring dancers with some of the seniors dancers, participate in a themed craft, eat sweets, shop gifts at a store-wide discount, and enter for a chance to win a free…read more…

The Nutcracker

Saline High School – 1300 Campus Parkway Saline
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: $15
The Nutcracker: Dance Alliance. Dance Alliance presents their 22nd Annual Nutcracker at the Saline High School Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 7p & Sunday, December 15th at 3:00pm.Tickets are $15 and available in advance at Dance Alliance or Dancer's Boutique.. 429-9599. Don't miss Tea with the Cast before this show.

The Nutcracker presented by The Ballet Detroit Foundation and IBallet

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre – 911 N. University Ann Arbor
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $15
Enjoy a collaborative Nutcracker performance featuring dancers from Ballet Detroit of Ann Arbor and IBallet! 

Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea proudly presents its 22nd Annual performance of The Nutcracker, a Christmas Eve tale about a young girl named Marie and her magical journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Choreographed by Artistic Director Wendi DuBois, the Ballet Chelsea company artists and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra musicians will come together for the third year to present this annual full-length, narrated ballet. Join us for Christmas Eve festivities at the Stahlbaum's, complete with godfather Drosselmeier and his charming mechanical dolls, to a fierce midnight battle, and on to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Experience this spectacular holiday event that keeps…read more…

Friday, December 20, 2019

Decorate A Nutcracker

Pittsfield Branch Library – 2359 Oak Valley Dr Ann Arbor
Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cost: Free
Decorate your own one-of-a-kind wooden nutcracker ornament. For grades K-5

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Power Center – 121 Fletcher St Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $10-$25
Celebrate the holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, with guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET and Michael Lee as Drosselmeyer. Randazzo Dance Company’s 51st annual The Nutcracker will run at the Power Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 pm.Tickets are $25 for premium seating, $15 for mid-level seating and $10 for gallery seating.All Performances  
Nutcracker & Gift Boxes - Randazzo Dance Company -

Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Power Center – 121 Fletcher St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $10-$25
Celebrate the holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, with guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET and Michael Lee as Drosselmeyer. Randazzo Dance Company’s 51st annual The Nutcracker will run at the Power Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 pm.Tickets are $25 for premium seating, $15 for mid-level seating and $10 for gallery seating.All Performances  
Nutcracker & Gift Boxes - Randazzo Dance Company -

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Power Center – 121 Fletcher St Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $10-$25
Celebrate the holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, with guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET and Michael Lee as Drosselmeyer. Randazzo Dance Company’s 51st annual The Nutcracker will run at the Power Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $25 for premium seating, $15 for mid-level seating and $10 for gallery seating. Get ready for the show by meeting the cast for cookies and crafts at VEDance on Sunday, December 15. All Performances
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