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.
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.
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.
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.
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.