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Where to see the Nutcracker Ballet in Indianapolis

From professional ballet companies to local dance schools, performances of The Nutcracker can be found all over Indianapolis. Below we’ve divided out the events by opportunities for families who can handle a full performance (think ages 4+), and those perfect for your wiggle worms (tots + preschool).

Here’s where you can find the Nutcracker Ballet in Indianapolis in 2019:


For families ready to see a full performance:

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble

December 13 – 15
Zionsville Performing Arts Center, Zionsville

Begin your holiday season as a guest at the Stahlbaum family holiday celebration and share in Clara’s dreamlike journey with her Nutcracker Prince. Watch as Clara battles the evil Rat King, dances with the Snow Maidens, and accompanies the Sugarplum Fairy through the Land of the Sweets. Enjoy the enchanted music of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and the beautiful voices of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Young and old alike will delight in this holiday tradition. Get tickets.

Nutcracker Ballet preformed by the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble
Nutcracker Ballet preformed by the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble

Moscow Ballet

December 4, 7:00pm
Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, Downtown Indy

Moscow Ballet
Photo courtesy of the Moscow Ballet.

The ultimate holiday tradition from the youngest to the seniors in the family. See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and create memories for a lifetime. The company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. Get tickets.

Butler Ballet at Clowes Memorial Hall

December 5-8
Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis

Butler Ballet proudly presents the only fully staged production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in Central IndianaA holiday tradition, children and adults will be dazzled and delighted by spectacular dancing, beautiful costumes, glorious scenery, and pyrotechnical magic. The brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s music will be brought to life by the Butler Ballet Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark. Get tickets.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Troupe at Pike Performing Arts Center

December 6-7
Pike Performing Arts Center, Indianapolis

This full-length modern version of the holiday classic is presented by the Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and other young local student dancers filling the stage with movement and color! It follows the same overall storyline as the original, but with a uniquely different twist: This magical updated version portrays Klara as a homeless orphan girl who discovers the true meaning of the season through the gift and the giving spirit of a homeless man. Get tickets.

Indiana Ballet Conservatory

November 24 at 2:00 & 7:00pm at the Palladium; December 14 & 15 at Newfields
The Palladium in Carmel; Tobias Theater at Newfields

Children and adults of all ages will be transformed by this heartwarming tale of a young girl and her beloved Nutcracker as she battles off evil and learns the value and resiliency of the human spirit. This version is closest to that of the original Nutcracker ballet that debuted over 100 years ago in Russia, so you won’t want to miss this timeless and beloved holiday favorite! This year, catch performances at two different locations: The Palladium in Carmel and Newfields in Indianapolis. Palladium ticketsNewfields tickets

Ballet Theatre Of Carmel

December 14 & 15
Dale E. Graham Auditorium at Carmel High School

Experience a magical Christmas tradition as Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy dancers perform The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s classic story of a girl and her beloved Nutcracker who comes to life. You will be transported on a magical journey from a joyous holiday party at The Stahlbaum’s, into an epic midnight battle, to the Kingdom of Snow, and finally through the Land of Sweets. Along the way you’ll meet iconic characters including Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Godfather Drosselmeyer, the evil Mouse Queen, the beautiful Snow Queen, Mother Ginger and her Gingersnaps, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. From the spectacular costumes, to the stunning sets, to the timeless music, this Nutcracker experience will be one you won’t soon forget! Get tickets.

Photo credit: Ballet Theatre of Carmel at Performer’s Edge

Indianapolis Ballet

November 29 – December 1
The Murat at the Old National Centre, Downtown Indy

An Indianapolis holiday season tradition continues bigger and better than ever in 2019, when Indianapolis Ballet and Methodist Sports Medicine will proudly present The Nutcracker at the historic Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, November 29 – December 1. After establishing its production of The Nutcracker as a local must-see during the holidays across the last 12 years, the Indianapolis School of Ballet will continue to be a part of Indiana’s grandest staging of the classic Christmas tale alongside the 20 members of the new Indianapolis Ballet professional company. Get tickets.

Where to see the Nutcracker Ballet - Indy's Child
Photo credits: Indianapolis School of Ballet

Ballet Theatre of Indiana

December 19-22
Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum, Downtown Indy

Enjoy this classic production of The Nutcracker with a new, jazzy little twist. This world-premiere show will still tell the story of Clara, a girl who receives a nutcracker doll for Christmas and dreams that her doll comes to life and takes her to the beautiful fantasy world full of sugary delights, the Land of Sweets. However, the beginning of the ballet will be set in the 1920’s, so preceding your serving of dancing snowflakes, whirling flowers, and the Sugar Plum Fairy, will be a little dose of Charlestons, flappers, and, of course, jazz! Get tickets.

For the wiggly worms:

The Nutcracker Story Time with Central Indiana Dance Ensemble

December 2, 10:45 – 11:45am
Hussey-Mayfield Public Library, Downtown Zionsville

Ages 3+. Come listen to the wonderful story of “The Nutcracker” as told by the beautiful dancers. It will be followed by a performance from Clara and The Sugar Plum Fairy! Enjoy pictures and dancing with the characters after the story! Program provided by Central Indiana Dance Ensemble. Registration required. Find event on library calendar and register.

Nutcracker: Short & Suite

December 15, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
Grace Church, 5504 146th Street, Noblesville

The Village Dance Studio, in partnership with the LIFT program at Grace Church, brings you excerpts from The Nutcracker, a holiday classic ballet. This performance is a community outreach initiative to bring dance performance to all abilities. The house lights will be slightly raised, sound will be adjusted (lower at 2:00pm for those with sensory needs and higher at 4:00pm for those hard of hearing), various traditional and non-traditional seating options, and a movement space will be open in the back for anyone who wants to dance along. Get tickets.

Nutcracker Story Time with Ballet Theatre of Indiana

Families with children ages 3 and up are invited for a special ballet story time with Ballet Theatre of Indiana. They will hear about the Nutcracker story, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s work, and take part in a short ballet lesson.

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