Where to Watch the Nutcracker in the DC Area this Holiday Season

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

One of the cherished family traditions in our house is watching a performance of the Nutcracker, whether on the PBS channel or at a live production.  My daughter,  Lise Courtney, used to dance at Washington Ballet and I loved her performances as a mouse and then as a soldier on stage at the Kennedy Center, the National Theater and at a theater in Baltimore. 

From the moment you meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, the elaborate storybook backdrops, sparkling costumes, and captivating choreography promise an enchanting theatrical experience. Relive your favorite moments: the grand pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, the battle between the Nutcracker Prince and villainous Mouse King, and the parade of dances in the Land of the Sweets.

If you want to establish a new family tradition or continue an old one, here are some places to see a live performance of the Nutcracker in the Washington DC area this year. 

The Washington Ballet production at the Warner Theater is a local classic.  This popular production is set in 1882 in a Georgetown town home with George Washington, King George IIi and other historical figures.  Set to Tchaikovsky's wonderful score, this production has over 100 dancers including students and trainees from the Washington School of Ballet.   The production runs from the Friday after Thanksgiving until December 30 in case you are too busy to see it before Christmas.  Tickets are available here.

The big production is of course at the Kennedy Center with whichever visiting company is in town.   This year the Nutcracker is being performed by the Kansas City Ballet as part of the Kennedy Center's commitment to present a collection of America's best Nutcrackers.  The Kansas City Ballet is only in Washington from November 23-27, 2022.  Tickets are available here.

The Maryland Regional Ballet is performing at 20 West Patrick St in Frederick MD with artists from the New York City Ballet and students from the Frederick School of Classical Ballet.  This production only runs from December 9-11.  Tickets are available here.

The Ballet Theater of Maryland is performing the Nutcracker at Maryland Hall from December 10-December 18, 2022. Originally established as The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, the organization was founded in November 1978 as a private non-profit corporation governed by a twelve-person Board of Trustees and established residency at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.  Tickets for their performances are available here. 

The Washington DC area is a great place to call home.  We have things to do here, regardless of your interests - from great ballet, opera and symphonies to ice skating and kayaking on the C&O canal.  If you are thinking of moving to the DC area, just give us a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at Lise@lisehowe.com to find out how we can match your new home and interests!  Need room for a dog to play? Want a pool? Love to live near the museums? We can make all that happen! Just call us! 
 

 

Comments (21)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise,

I always go to the Nutcracker with my granddaughter, daughter-in-law and daughter! It is a tradition.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. It is indeed a day of gratitude for all our blessings.

Nov 24, 2022 08:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving Day, Lise - tradition is certainly a part of this day and The Nutcracker plays a familiar role during the upcoming holiday season.  

Nov 24, 2022 08:22 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Will Hamm - I have my son and his two boys with us - lots of food!  What are you cooking? A great feast no doubt! 

Nov 24, 2022 11:26 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Michael Jacobs - Happy thanksgiving!  I hope you have a wonderful day

Nov 24, 2022 11:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lise Howe - it's as if Gary Larson's The Far Side has "gone to the dogs".  🐶🐶🐶

Nov 24, 2022 12:03 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I loved the days/years when Lise Courtney danced in the Nutcracker!  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Nov 24, 2022 11:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 24, 2022 11:34 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Roy Kelley- thanks for the kind words as always!

Nov 24, 2022 11:36 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Lise Howe, I always took my son to the Nutcracker during the holidays when we lived in NY, great memories.

Nov 24, 2022 06:26 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Lise... I grew up watching The Nutcracker in New York City at the NY City Ballet. Still my favorite of all the versions I've seen. I'm sure going to the Nutcracker is a tradition for many families in your area as it is in Charlotte.

Nov 25, 2022 05:34 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Lise- I love the Nutcracker!!! My nieces and I were remembering yesterday how I took them when they were little girls. 

Nov 25, 2022 07:07 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Kathy Streib = I can't wait until Hamilton and Ames are a little bigger - 

Nov 25, 2022 07:45 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Nina Hollander, Broker - what a lovely memory to have! Hope  you had a good thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2022 07:46 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Beth Atalay = I am waiting for my two grandsons to be old enough to go to the Nutcracker! 

Nov 25, 2022 07:46 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

It was always a family tradition to go into NYC and see this performance. When I see the ads for it, I know it's Holiday time!

Nov 26, 2022 06:44 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 = I agree - I love hearing the music and seeing the ads

Nov 27, 2022 06:18 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lise:

This is great information for those wanting to enjoy this holiday favorite in a live performance.

We haven't been to a live show for some time but always watch it at least once over the holidays!

Jeff

Nov 27, 2022 10:10 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, great timing for this post, and great information to the public for the Nutcracker!

Nov 27, 2022 10:34 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Lise Howe the Nutcracker is a favorite show to watch. Enjoy the show!

Nov 28, 2022 11:38 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

The Nutcracker is a holiday favorite for so many and has a special meaning for you and your daughter. How wonderful of you to share!

Nov 30, 2022 02:38 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lise Howe - I have never been to see the Nutcracker or a live Ballet at a Theater. If I were going to D.C., I would definitely make a point to get tickets. Becoming a ballerina and performing on stage was my ambition from the time I was somewhere between four and six years old. Lise Courtney was very lucky to have you for her mother. I can only imagine how many cherished memories the two of you share since the day she was born. From previous posts, I know how proud you are of her and all her amazing talents. To have a relationship with a daughter that lasts is the gift a girl could have. 

Happy holidays to you and your family. 

Dec 01, 2022 02:00 PM