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Nutcracker Events Around 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.

The Village is open November 24, 2023 -January 6, 2024
The village is free and open to the public.

For are visitor information visit VisitSteubenville.com.

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.

presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio
Dates: November 25-26, Dec 2-3, 2023
Times: 2pm Saturday | 7pm Sunday
Location:  Akron Civic Theater
182 S. Main St., Akron, OH  44308

THE NUTCRACKER A North Point Ballet Tradition
A North Point Ballet Tradition
Dates: December 1-3, 2023 
Times: FRI 7pm | SAT – SUN 2pm
Location: Lorain Palace Theater
617 Broadway Avenue, Lorain, OH

?: Above photo credit with permission – Center Photography

BALLET THEATRE ASHTABULA presents The Nutcracker
Dates: TBA
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 2-3, 2023
Time: Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2:30 pm
Location: Edward W. Powers Auditorium
260 West Federal Street, Youngstown, OH
330-744-0264 | deyorpac.org

Dates: December 7-10, 13-17, 19-23
Times: See website
Location:  Ohio Theatre
Columbus, Ohio
39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH
614.469.0939 | balletmet.org

Hip Hop Nutcracker Play house Square

Dates: December 8, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Playhouse Square | Key Bank State Theatre
1501 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio
Ticket sales: 216.241.6000 | playhousesquare.org

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.

performed by The Canton Ballet
Dates: December 8-10, 2023
Times: Fri 8-7pm | Sat 2pm & 7pm | Sun 2pm
Location:  Cultural Center for the Arts
1001 Market Avenue N., Canton, OH 44702
330.455.7220 | website

performed by the Dayton Ballet
Dates: Dec 8-10, 15-17, 2023
Times:  See website
Location: Schuster Performing Arts Center – Wintergarden
One West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
888.228.3630 | daytonperformingarts.org

Dates: Dec 9-10, 2023
Times: see website
Location:  Stranahan Theater
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43614
419-246-8000 | toledosymphony.com

Continuing its record of the longest-running, annual production of The Nutcracker in North America, Toledo Ballet’s 83rd 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: Dec 14-17, 21-23
Times: THU 11am | FRI-SAT 7pm | SAT – SUN 1pm
Location: Playhouse Square | Connor Theatre
1501 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio
Ticket sales: 216.241.6000 | playhousesquare.org
(photo credit: The Cleveland Ballet)

performed by the Cincinnati Ballet
Dates: December 14-24, 2023
Times: see website
Location:  Cincinnati Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium
1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 44202


Ballet Legato presents Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” 
Date: December 15-17, 2023 
Time: Dec 15 11am | Dec 16 7pm | Dec 17 2pm
Location: Hoke Theatre  The Stocker Arts Center
1005 North Abbe Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035

A North Point Ballet Tradition
Dates: December 16-17, 2023 
Times: FRI 7pm | SAT – SUN 2pm
Location: Berea-Midpark High School Performing Arts Center
165 E. Bagley Rd., Berea, OH

Jordan School of Ballet
Trumbull County NE OH
Date: December 17, 2023
Time: 3pm
Location: Robins Theatre
160 E Market St., Warren, OH 44481

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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