Nutcracker Events in Ohio

This year take time to enjoy one of the many Nutcracker performances happening around our state or take a trip to Steubenville, Ohio and stand face-to-face with life size nutcrackers.


Love the seasonal lights and music? Do you want to take great Christmas photos with the family? Looking for a fun holiday weekend? Look no further than Steubenville in eastern Ohio which has become a mecca for Christmas lovers.

It all began eight years ago with the creation of the Steubenville Nutcracker Village. Starting with just 35 life-sized original nutcrackers depicting characters from literature, art, music, and entertainment, the collection has grown each year, and with the addition of 15 new nutcrackers this season there will be 200 on display 24/7 throughout the historic business district on 4th Street in downtown Steubenville from November 22, 2022 through January 7, 2023.

The Village is open November 22, 2022 – January 7, 2023
(Light up the night is November 22, 2022)
The village is free and open to the public.

To learn more about Steubenville’s Nutcracker Village CLICK HERE.

For are visitor information visit

Steubenville Nutcracker


The music, the dancing, and the mystical nutcracker beacons us all to the theater to enjoy a production that for so many has become a family tradition.

Below you will find our list of upcoming  2021 Ohio productions of  “The Nutcracker”.  We hope you find time this holiday season to enjoy this wonderful tale, as told by so many talented dancers and musicians around the state.

and the Ballad of the Brown King
Date: November 12, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: E. J. Thomas Hall
University of Akron, Akron, OH
For tickets click here.

presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio
Dates: November 26-27 and December 3-4, 2022
Times: Nov 26 2PM & 7PM | Nov 27 2PM | Dec 3 2PM & 7PM | Dec 4 2PM
Location:  Akron Civic Theater
182 S. Main St., Akron, OH  44308

Hip Hop Nutcracker Play house Square

Dates: December 2, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Playhouse Square | Key Bank State Theatre
1501 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio
Ticket sales: 216.241.6000 |

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.

Dates: December 2-4, 2022
Location:  Ohio Star Theater
1387 Old Route 39, Sugarcreek, Ohio

Celebrate the holiday season at the Ohio Star Theater as the Holmes County Center for the Arts presents the beloved classic, The Nutcracker. Thru Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, this timeless ballet will whisk you off on an adventure through the imagination of a young girl to a journey around the world! Enjoy an evening with the family as local entertainers bring this fairytale to life.

THE NUTCRACKER A North Point Ballet Tradition
A North Point Ballet Tradition
Dates: December 2-4, 2022
Times: Dec 2- 7pm | Dec 3 – 2pm (sensory performance) | Dec 3 -7pm | Dec 4 2pm
Location: Lorain Palace Theater
617 Broadway Avenue, Lorain, OH

📷: Above photo credit with permission – Center Photography

BALLET THEATRE ASHTABULA presents The Nutcracker
Dates: December 2-4, 9-11, 15-18, 2022
Times: visit website
Location: 2928 W. 13th Street, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
440.964.3396 | website

Enchanting audiences for more than a century, The Nutcracker is a holiday treat for the entire family. Tchaikovsky’s classic, celebrated score will fill the theater as Ballet Theatre Ashtabula’s dancers tell the story of heroine Clara and her adventure into a magical world with her gallant Nutcracker prince.


Ballet Western Reserve The Nutcracker

DeYor Performing Arts Center
Dates: December 3-4, 2022
Time: Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2:30 pm
Location: Edward W. Powers Auditorium
260 West Federal Street, Youngstown, OH
330-744-0264 |

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Dates: December 8-11, 15-18, 20-24, 2022
Times: See website
Location:  Ohio Theatre
Columbus, Ohio
39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH
614.469.0939 |

performed by The Canton Ballet
Dates: December 9-11, 2022
Times: Dec 9 7:30 p | Dec 10 2pm | Dec 11- 2pm
Location:  Cultural Center for the Arts
1001 Market Avenue N., Canton, OH 44702
330.455.7220 | website

performed by the Dayton Ballet
Dates:  December 9-11, 16-18, 2022
Times:  See website
Location: Schuster Performing Arts Center – Wintergarden
One West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
888.228.3630 |

Dates: December 10-11, 2022
Times: Dec  10 – 7pm, Dec 11 2pm & 7pm, Dec 12 2pm
Location:  Stranahan Theater
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43614
419-246-8000 |

Continuing its record of the longest-running, annual production of The Nutcracker in North America, Toledo Ballet’s 82nd Nutcracker brings E.T.A. Hoffman’s story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King to life with fresh choreography and Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Toledo Symphony.

Cleveland Ballet Nutcracker

presented by The Cleveland Ballet
Dates: December 15-18, 2022
Times: Dec 15 7pm | Dec 16 11am & 7pm | Dec 17 1pm & 7pm | Dec 18 1pm & 7pm
Location: Playhouse Square | Connor Theatre
1501 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio
Ticket sales: 216.241.6000 |
(photo credit: The Cleveland Ballet)

performed by the Cincinnati Ballet
Dates: December 15-24, 2022
Times: see website
Location:  Cincinnati Music Hall
1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 44202


Wayne Center of Arts Nutcracker

Dates: December 17-18, 2022
Times: Saturday 2PM & 7PM | Sunday 2PM
Location: Performing Arts Center, Wooster High School
515 Oldman Road, Wooster, OH


Coming in from out of town?  Need a place to stay contact the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau for assistance.  



Ballet Legato presents Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” 
Date: December 16, 2022
Time: 7PM
Location: Hoke Theatre  The Stocker Arts Center
1005 North Abbe Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035

THE AKRON NUTCRACKER: “A Holiday in the Rubber City.”
Date: December 22, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: E. J. Thomas Hall
University of Akron, Akron, OH
For tickets click here.

With full live orchestra bringing Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s magical score to life, Dance Institute at The University of Akron presents “The Akron Nutcracker: A Holiday in the Rubber City.”
Envision an idyllic walk down Main Street, visiting Polsky’s, and attending Christmas Eve activities with the Seiberling family at the historic Stan Hywet Hall. The sights, sounds, and magic of 1930s Akron will again come to life, whisking you away for an evening of comforting familiarity and exciting adventure as this production joins the iconic Nutcracker ballet with a feeling of “home.”

Have you ever wondered about the history of The Nutcracker production?  The origin of this classic fairy tale can be found here.

Fun facts:

  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by Prussian author E. T. A. Hoffmann (c.1816)
  • The first performance of the Nutcracker Ballet was at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.  (c. 1892)
  • The San Francisco Opera Ballet was the first company to perform the full ballet in North America. (c. 1944)
  • No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots Of ‘The Nutcracker‘” – NPR


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