Nutcracker in Tucson - 2023

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 2023.

Performances are listed alphabetically by company name.

Ballet Tucson's Sugar Plum Tea

The regal elegance and glamour of the Sugar Plum Fairy herself are captured in this High Tea event that is fun for the whole family. Experience the magic of the season with sensational performances, an awe-inspiring selection of holiday gifts and silent auction items, delectable fare, and a special keepsake to take home.

  • LOCATION: Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 East 2nd Street, Tucson, 85719
  • DATE: Sunday, December 3, 2023
  • TIME: 2:00pm
  • TICKETS: $50-$75+
  • PARKING: There is a parking garage across the street from the hotel. Parking is free on Sundays.

Ballet Tucson’s "The Nutcracker"

Ballet Tucsons The Nutcracker Clara | Nutcracker in Tucson - 2023

Celebrate the beginning of a vibrant new partnership with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for what is sure to be the highlight of Tucson’s holiday season. Ballet Tucson's celebrated production of the world’s most famous ballet brings the enchanting story of The Nutcracker to life with stunning dancing, lavish costumes and sets, and the magnificence of Tchaikovsky's timeless score performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s worldclass musicians.

  • LOCATION: Linda Ronstadt Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave, Tucson AZ 85701
  • DATE(S): Thursday, December 21 at 7:00pm; Friday, December 22 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm; Saturday, December 23 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
  • TIME: See above
  • TICKETS: $24-$100+
  • NOTE: A VIP Experience is available and includes prime seating, a post performance meet and greet with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier with photo opportunity, and a signed pointe shoe from the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Ballet Rincon’s "The Nutcracker"

Ballet Rincon Nutcracker Snowflakes | Nutcracker in Tucson - 2023

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): December 15th at 7pm and December 16th at 2pm and 7pm
  • TIME: See above
  • TICKETS: Orchestra $24.00 per adult, $20.00 for seniors and children under 12; Mezzanine $20.00 per adult, $16.00 for seniors and children under 12

Tucson Regional Ballet’s "A Southwest Nutcracker"

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

Tucson Regional Ballet permanently closed in 2023 and thus there will be no Southwest Nutcracker in 2023.


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





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