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Saturday, November 18th | 3-5 PM

Nutcracker sampler at the ballet

We’re thrilled to invite you and your little ones to our “Nutcracker Sampler” event. A one-of-a-kind event specially crafted for adults and children with enchanting scenes, lively performances, and the kind of magic that makes The Nutcracker an unforgettable tradition.


a chance to experience The Nutcracker

In the spirit of community and inclusivity, we open our doors wide, offering a delightful taste of this holiday classic. So, come with your family, bring your friends, and experience the warmth and wonder of The Nutcracker.

Don’t miss this opportunity, get your tickets now.

*Ages 16 and under

2023-2024 season | Photo of a female ballet dancer posing with a wand in her left hand

December 14 – 24, 2023 |  Cincinnati Music Hall

see cincinnati ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker returns in December, celebrating a favorite holiday tradition.

With spectacular choreography by Victoria Morgan, grand sets and costumes, and a beloved story, The Nutcracker also presents a remarkable cast of characters. Accompanying this winter fantasy is the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s melodic score.

Dozens of local young performers join Cincinnati Ballet onstage for these performances. It’s a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family!

Learn the History of The Nutcracker in Cincinnati 


The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets that has been staged over the years. Every season, kids and adults look forward to it as it has become a family tradition in many households. But how did it come to be? Who choreographed it? And how has it helped shape ballet into what it looks like today? 

Join us as we explore the history of The Nutcracker from George Balanchine’s influence, Frisch’s The Nutcracker, and its lasting impact on the Cincinnati community.