The Nutcracker comes alive 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.


At the Steubenville Nutcracker Village you will find the world’s largest collection of lifesize nutcrackers.  The nutcrackers are displayed throughout Fort Steuben Park and Market Street. Each nutcracker stand 6-feet tall and masterfully crafted to represent various themes.   In addition to the Village you can also enjoy time at the Advent Market which is also located at Fort Steuben Park.  New this year is Fort Steuben Gingerbread Village.

The Village is open November 23, 2021 – January 8, 2022.
(Light up the night is November 23, 2021)
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 Village
Steubenville Nutcracker VillageTM | Paid partnership


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.

presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio
Dates: November 27-28 and December 4-5, 2021
Times: Nov 27 2PM & 7PM | Nov 28 2PM | Dec 4 2PM & 7PM | Dec 5 2PM
Location:  Akron Civic Theater
182 S. Main St., Akron, OH  44308

A North Point Ballet Tradition
Dates: December 3-5, 2021
Times: Friday, December 3 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 PM (Sensory-Friendly Performance)
Saturday, December 4 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 PM
Location: Lorain Palace Theater
617 Broadway Avenue, Lorain, OH

presented by The Cleveland Ballet
Dates: December 3-5, 2021
Times: Dec 3 11AM & 8PM | Dec 4 1PM & 7PM | Dec 5 1PM
Location: Playhouse Square | Hanna Theatre
1501 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio
Ticket sales: 216.241.6000 | website

BALLET THEATRE ASHTABULA presents The Nutcracker
Dates: December 3-5, 10-11, 16-19, 2021
Times: Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday 2PM & 7:30 PM, Sunday at 2 PM
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.


DeYor Performing Arts Center
Dates: December 4-5, 2021
Time: Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2:30 pm
Location: Edward W. Powers Auditorium
260 West Federal Street, Youngstown, OH
330-744-0264 |

Dates: December 10-12, 2021
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.

Dates: December 10-12, 2021
Times: Dec  10 – 7pm, Dec 11 2pm & 7pm, Dec 12 2pm
Location:  Stranahan Theater
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43614

Dates: December 10-12, 15-19, 21-24, 26,  2021
Times: See website
Location:  Ohio Theatre
Columbus, Ohio
39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH
614.469.0939 | website

performed by the Dayton Ballet
Dates:  December 10-12, 17-19, 2021
Times:  See website
Location: Schuster Performing Arts Center – Wintergarden
One West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
888.228.3630 | website 

performed by The Canton Ballet
Dates: December 11 & 12, 2021
Times: 2 PM
Location:  Cultural Center for the Arts
1001 Market Avenue N., Canton, OH 44702
330.455.7220 | website

THE NUTCRACKER: a Holiday in the Rubber City
Date: December 16, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: E. J. Thomas Hall
University of Akron, Akron, OH
For more information click here.

performed by the Cincinnati Ballet
Dates: December 16-26, 2021
Times: see website
Location:  Cincinnati Music Hall
1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 44202


A North Point Ballet Tradition
Dates: December 17 and 19, 2021
Times: Friday, December 17 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 PM (Sensory-Friendly Performance)

Location: Near West Theatre
6702 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

📷:Center Photography

Dates: December 18-19, 2021
Times: Saturday 2PM & 7PM | Sunday 2PM
Location: Performing Arts Center, Wooster High School, 515 Oldman Road, Wooster, OH
330.988.8811 | website

Presented by Ballet Wooster. Don’t miss the holiday tradition for all ages, with a cast of over 90 including Ballet Wooster students, professional guest artists, and community performers, plus magical sets and costumes and 100% chance of snow!

📷Marlane Kennedy Photography, from Ballet Wooster’s 2017 Nutcracker



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 18, 2021
Time: 7PM
Location: Hoke Theatre  The Stocker Arts Center
1005 North Abbe Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035


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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