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 2021:

For families ready to see a full performance:

Indiana Ballet Conservatory

November 27-28 | Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts – Carmel

Experience the magic of Indiana’s premier Nutcracker ballet tradition as Indiana Ballet Conservatory presents The Nutcracker with special guest performances by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and International Artist Sebastian Vinet. Get Tickets. 



Indiana Ballet Conservatory presents The Nutcracker
Indiana Ballet Conservatory presents The Nutcracker

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble

December 10 – 12 | STAR Bank Performing Arts Center – Zionsville, IN

A true holiday classic, The Nutcracker brings to the stage the joy and magic of the Christmas season! After an incredibly challenging past year, CIDE looks forward to enlivening the hearts and imaginations of its audience members with the happiness of the holiday spirit and the beauty of Clara’s fantasy world. Get tickets.

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble
Central Indiana Dance Ensemble

Butler Ballet at Clowes Memorial Hall

December 2-5 | Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University – Indianapolis

2021 marks the return of audiences to live performances and the return of ButlerBallet‘s holiday family tradition. Come join us in the celebration of gathering together to revel in the magic and spectacle of live ballet; spectacular dancing, beautiful costumes, glorious scenery, and pyrotechnical flash. Get tickets.

Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker
Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Troupe at Pike Performing Arts Center

December 4 | Pike Performing Arts Center – Indianapolis

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s full-length modern version of The Nutcracker features the highly talented dancers of G2, the pre-professional company of GHDT. G2 is joined by students from The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and other young student dancers as they fill the stage with movement and color. Get tickets.

Ballet Theatre Of Carmel

December 18 & 19 | STAR Bank Performing Arts Center – Zionsville, IN

Join the Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy’s pre-professional ballet company for this spectacular holiday tradition in the heart of downtown Zionsville! This is a family-friendly production with plenty of pre- and post-show activities to get everyone into the holiday spirit! Get tickets.

Indianapolis Ballet

November 10 – December 12 | The Murat at the Old National Centre _ Downtown Indy

An Indianapolis holiday season tradition continues with the Tchaikovsky masterpiece. Join us at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre to experience Indianapolis Ballet’s iconic holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Indianapolis Ballet is thrilled to bring our audiences joy, laughter, and love through magical storytelling and dancing. Get tickets.

 Indianapolis Ballet
Indianapolis Ballet


For the wiggly worms: Most of these performances are under an hour, and perfect for younger children. 

The Nutcracker Story Time with Central Indiana Dance Ensemble

November  29 | Hussey-Mayfield Public Library – 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

Nutcracker: Short & Suite

December 5 | Zionsville West Middle School – Zionsville

The Village Dance Studio brings you excerpts from The Nutcracker, a holiday classic ballet. We have designed this production to be friendly for all families, as the Nutcracker Ballet is a magical part of the holiday season and should be enjoyed by everyone. Some changes from a traditional production include narration, raised house lighting & lowered music (1pm), flexible seating for wheelchairs, and a shortened performance. While each performance will be accessible to all members of the community we will cater our 1pm show primarily to those with special needs and sensory difficulties. This is a holiday tradition that we love sharing with the community and hope you will enjoy it with us! Get tickets.

Nutcracker: Short & Suite
The Village Dance Studio Nutcracker: Short & Suite

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