Nearby Nutcracker Performances. Take in the classic locally this Holiday Season!

Sometimes I feel like the holiday season zooms by before I’ve even realized it has begun. However, nothing helps me get more into the Christmas spirit than relaxing and watching a performance of a classic holiday ballet or play.

There are numerous performances of the Nutcracker happening all around the Seacoast this season.

If you’re like me and need to take a break from Christmas shopping and baking cookies, make sure to catch one of these local performances. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to dance out of the theater, full of joy, like the Sugar Plum Fairy!

The Nutcracker 2023

The Nutcracker Presented by Sole City Dance
Rochester Opera House 31 Wakefield St. Rochester, NH
November 30 at 7:00pm
December 1 at 7:00pm
December 2 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
December 3 at 2:00pm

The Nutcracker, a holiday entertainment tradition, returns once again to the Rochester Opera House. For the eighteenth year, Sole City Dance will present its enchanting version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale featuring the mysterious toymaker Herr Drosselmeyer, Clara and her beloved Nutcracker Prince, dancing snowflakes, battling mice and many other fantastic and colorful characters. Purchase Tickets!

The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet with Kristen Samson
Stratham Cooperative School, Stratham, NH
Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 10:00 or 2:00pm
Tickets may be purchased at the door!

The Nutcracker Presented by Safe Haven Ballet
Colonial Theatre, Laconia, NH: November 25 & 26
The Nashua Center for the Arts: December 1
Lowell Memorial Auditorium: December 2
Capital Center for the Arts, Concord, NH: December 16

The purpose if Safe Haven Ballet is to provide uplifting ballet performances, a professional company & pre-professional school, as well as free trauma sensitive classes for survivors of sexual or domestic violence. Purchase Tickets!

The Nutcracker Presented by The Dance Annex
The STAR Theatre at the Kittery Community Center: 120 Rogers Rd. Kittery, Maine
Friday, November 24, 6pm
Saturday, November 25, 1pm & 6pm
Sunday, November 26, 1pm
Saturday, December 2, 1pm & 6pm
Sunday, December 3, 1pm

The Nutcracker Ballet Show and Brunch
Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury, MA
December 10 at 10am – Noon

Featuring the Methuen Ballet Ensemble. From Sugar Plum Fairies in the Land of Sweets to Brunch By the Sea, savor our Holiday Nutcracker Ballet Event! The Blue Ocean Music Hall experience features: Brunch Buffet with kid-friendly selections, Visits with the Nutcracker, ballerina Clara, and Santa, Act II performances from The Nutcracker Ballet by Methuen Ballet Ensemble, featuring the Land of Sweets lively dances.
Purchase Tickets!

The Nutcracker Presented by Portsmouth School of Ballet
Exeter High School Auditorium
December 2 at 5:00pm & December 3 at 10:00am and 3:00pm
Ticket Information!

The Nutcracker Presented By Releve Dance Academy
Winnacunnet High School, Hampton NH
December 16th at 2:00

Join us for our second production of the Nutcracker! Enjoy the classic tale of Clara’s adventure with a twist of showcasing several styles of dance including: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and acro. Purchase Tickets!

The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked 
The Dance Hall, 7 Walker Street, Kittery, ME
December 1 at 7:30pm
December 2 at 7:30pm
December 3 at 3:00pm

It’s The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group has taken every little girls favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and others, the company turns the sugar coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Expect tap dancing, singing and some unusual pointe shoe activity. Nothing is sacred as Nut/Cracked twists and melds various dance traditions into an ode to American eclecticism which honors the power of the human urge to dance while riding Tchaikovsky’s voluptuous waves of rhythm. Purchase Tickets!



Looking for more fun things to do with the family? Check SKC’s calendar page for all the holiday happenings!



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