The Nutcracker Ballet

Nutcracker Ballet in the South Sound

The Nutcracker Ballet is a staple of the holiday season.  I love the theater, and the ballet, but with kids, my money seems to sink into shoes for their ever growing feet, or to replace something they have recently broken.  *Sigh*  But the holiday season does let me indulge a little, and I get to force some culture on my boys’.  This website has links to Nutcracker performances from Hoquiam to Auburn, Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma.  Ive been to many and my favorites are:

Pacific NW Ballet

Sets designed by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are).  The set is amazing and the performances are the best in town.  However, because this is the most proffessional gig in town, the prices are also pretty steep.  Prices range from $28adult/$26child for off-peak performances on 2nd tier side, to $123/$113 for peak-golden circle center.  When going with children, try to get close to the aisle as they will inevitably need to go potty or give you some other reason for a quick escape.  Tickets information can be found here:


  • If you have a group of 15or more individuals, you can get 20% off the ticket price!
  • If you have a teenager, book ahead and register with the Teen Tix website, and you can score a $5 ticket!
  • 25yrs old and younger? Pay only $15 for a ticket on a Thurs or Friday.

Tacoma City Ballet

Pantages Dec 8th through Dec 23rd Saturdays and Sundays only – 3pm
Tickets range from $19 – $60
Order tickets online

Washington Contemporary Ballet

Mt Tahoma HS Theater – Tickets are $18 & $15
Sat. Dec 15th at 2pm & 7pm
Sun Dec 16th at 2pm
Order online

Ballet Northwest

December 11th through the 20th
Tickets range from $14-$30 and shows run on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from .

Studio West Dance Academy

Olympia at the Minnaert Center for the Arts performances with ticket prices ranging from $17-$30.  Shows are Dec 17th, 18th and 19th.

Evergreen City Ballet

Auburn Performing Arts Center or the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.  Prices range from $13 to $29.  Shows are Dec 10th & 11th in Auburn and Dec 16-18th in Renton.

Moscow Ballet Presents the Nutcracker

From the website, it appears the Moscow ballet is putting on a performance in W.Washington in Aberdeen. I will admit, I had to Google WHERE Aberdeen was. For those in the same boat, it is approximately miles West from Olympia. To order, the link on the website took me to the webpage for the venue – but tickets were not available and neither was the show listed. You might try calling 360-532-9348.


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