George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

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Photograph: Paul Kolnik
This enchanting production is the one people have in mind when they ask, "Have you been to The Nutcracker?" The New York City Ballet's full roster of ballerinas, danseurs and musicians—plus children from the School of American Ballet—perform Balanchine's classic choreography. Princess-smitten tots will fall for the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen, but all kids will get a kick out of the one-ton Christmas tree that "grows" to 40 feet onstage, and Mother Ginger, who hides little dancers under her nine-foot-wide skirt. Before select matinees, kids ages 5 to 8 can try their toes at the craft during 45-minute workshops, featuring music from The Nutcracker (Dec 5, 19, 20, 29). Ages 5 and up.
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