Nutcracker in Tucson - 2021

This way to the Land of Sweets!

If seeing THE NUTCRACKER is part of your family’s Christmas tradition, you have several different options in Tucson this year.

See below for dates, times, and tickets prices for 2021.

Performances are listed alphabetically by company name.

Ballet Rincon’s "The Nutcracker"

Ballet Rincon Nutcracker Snowflakes | Nutcracker in Tucson - 2021

Based on the beloved tale by E.T.A. Hoffman, set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score, The Nutcracker has become synonymous with winter holiday season. Ballet Rincon’s production features renowned guest artists, dancers from the Ballet Rincon Ensemble Program, and Academy students.

Presented in two acts, The Nutcracker tells the magical story of a young girl in which young Clara Silberhaus’s godfather Herr Drosselmeyer gifts her a Nutcracker for Christmas. The Nutcracker comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks Clara away to his magical kingdom of sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum fairy and entourage.

  • LOCATION: Vail Theatre of the Arts, 10701 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ 85747
  • DATE(S): Friday, December 10 | Saturday, December 11
  • TIME: Friday, December 10 at 7:00pm and Saturday, December 11 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
  • TICKETS: $14-$22

Ballet Tucson’s "The Nutcracker"

Ballet Tucson Holiday Pop Up | Nutcracker in Tucson - 2021

Witness the exciting return of Ballet Tucson’s beloved production! Missed by many, The Nutcracker is back to continue its tradition of filling audiences with the joy and wonder for the 2021 holiday season. Join Ballet Tucson for a magical journey through swirling snowflakes, giant mice and soldiers, and the breathtaking Kingdom of the Sweets. This award-winning production is your ticket to make memories that will last a lifetime!

  • LOCATION: Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave, Tucson AZ 85701
  • DATE(S): Thursday, December 23 at 7:00pm; Friday, December 24 at 3:00pm; Sunday, December 26 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm
  • TIME: See above
  • TICKETS: $25-$65

Moscow Ballet’s "Great Russian Nutcracker"

For 2021, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is streaming in Tucson, directly to your living room! In a regular year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is performed at Centennial Hall. BUY TICKETS.

Tucson Regional Ballet’s "A Southwest Nutcracker"

Tucson Regional Ballet A Southwest Nutcracker
Photo Credit: Guy Atchley

Premiered in 1994, TRB’s flagship production A Southwest Nutcracker transports Tchiakovsky’s traditional Nutcracker in its entirety to 1880s Tucson, giving the characters and events a Sonoran Desert twist that has become a beloved Tucson holiday tradition.

The party takes place in the hacienda of young Maria Martinez. Her favorite uncle, Tio Diego, brings his dancing dolls, a Gambler, Hurdy-Gurdy Gal, and Gunslinger, to entertain the guests. He presents Maria with a Nutcracker designed in the form of a U.S. Cavalry General. That evening, Maria is menaced by King Coyote and his pack of coyotes banditos. She is saved by her Nutcracker General, now life-sized and leading a troop of U.S. cavalry soldiers. After the battle, her Nutcracker General is transformed into a handsome soldier, and they escape over Mount Lemmon through swirling snowflakes. They arrive at a beautiful Desert Dream where they are welcomed by Native American Princesses, Prairie Children, and the lovely Prickly Pear Fairy and her Caballero. The Caballero and Prickly Pear Fairy order a fiesta in honor of Maria and her Nutcracker, and all of the citizens of the Desert Dream perform for the couple: Chili Peppers, the Copper Queen and her Copper Corps, Rattlesnakes, Tumbleweeds, Ocotillo, Mama Pinata and her Dulces, the Desert Flowers, and of course the Caballero and Prickly Pear Fairy themselves. As the festival ends, Tio Diego escorts the sleepy Maria home, where she awakens with the memories of her wonderful dream.

The costumes for A Southwest Nutcracker have been professionally designed to reflect both the Southwestern aesthetic and the spirit of the traditional Nutcracker, and the sets represent the beauty of Tucson, with traditional hacienda architecture, furniture, and props appropriate to the period, a magical growing Christmas tree, and backdrops displaying snow on Mount Lemmon and a Desert Dream with desert cliffs, cacti and flowers, bathed in the glorious skies of our Sonoran Desert.

  • LOCATION: Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave, Tucson AZ 85701
  • DATE(S): Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5
  • TIME: Saturday, December 4 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm | Sunday, December 5 at 2:00pm
  • TICKETS: $17-$40


See below for a calendar listing of Nutcracker performances in Tucson, in order by date.


Ballet Tucson's "The Nutcracker" at Tucson Music Hall

Tucson Music Hall 260 S. Church Ave, Tucson, AZ

In partnership with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Thursday, December 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm Saturday, December […]





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