The best Nutcracker ballet shows for kids in NYC

Wintertime is magical! Check out these kid-friendly Nutcracker ballet shows! Sugarplums will definitely be dancing in your heads.
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Photograph: Paul Kolnik George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
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Celebrate the magic of the season with the Nutcracker Ballet! The Nutcracker, for kids and adults alike, is something you certainly won't want to miss. Magical, sparkly sets, intricate costumes, ethereal dancers and stunning choreography guide your family through young Clara's action-packed holiday adventure with her favorite toys and the evil Mouse King.

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The Nutcracker ballet in NYC

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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet
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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

icon-location-pin David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side
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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. 

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New York Theatre Ballet: Keith Michael's The Nutcracker
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New York Theatre Ballet: Keith Michael's The Nutcracker

icon-location-pin French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall , Upper East Side
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NYTB presents a family-friendly, hour-long Art Nouveau version of the holiday ballet, complete with clockwork elves and an owl that flies over the audience.The set design is by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith and the costumes by Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan.

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker
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The Hip Hop Nutcracker

icon-location-pin Kings Theatre, Brooklyn
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Tchaikovsky's ballet gets a facelift as rap icon Kurtis Blow MCs a ferocious contemporary reimagining with hip-hop dancers, digital projection and a beat-driven score. 

The Nutcracker, NYC Ballet (1993)

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