The Nutcracker Shows in Orange County 2021


Capture the magic of the sight with tickets to a Nutcracker show in Orange County! For many families, going to the Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday tradition every year. The perfect time to dress up and go to the theater. Children as young as 3 years old can enjoy these shows, and it’s a great way to expose them to classical ballet, music, and theater from a young age.

The Nutcracker Shows 2021 in Orange County, California

Here’s a full list of Nutcracker performances taking place this year at the CO. There are many varieties of shows listed, from Nutcracker for kids shows at Nutcracker tea, to the Complete Nutcracker Performance we all love.

Please read the descriptions carefully to see which one is perfect for your family.

Nutcracker for children at the Segerstrom concert hall

December 4, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa
Nutcracker Website for Kids
Ideal for children!

This condensed version was created only for ages 5-11! Visions of sugared almonds and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delicious Christmas ballet. This fantastic ballet will end with a visit from Santa Claus in person!

American Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker (ABT The Nutcracker)

December 10 – 19, 2021 | Hours vary
Segerstrom Arts Center, Costa Mesa
American Ballet Theater website

As the lights go out and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air. Clara goes on a dreamlike journey amidst magical tin soldiers, playful mice, snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of over 100 artists, ABT Nutcracker features dazzling scenery and costumes. The Orange County Registerhailed it as a “… colorful cinematic creation filled with spectacle, humor and stunning costumes”.

The Nutcracker of the Festival Ballet Theater

December 11 – 24, 2021 | Hours vary
Irvine Barclay Theater, Irvine
Ballet Theater Festival website

Create vacation memories for your family by sharing the magic of Nutcracker. The breathtaking family production of the Festival Ballet Theater features colorful landscapes and dazzling costumes. Let yourself be carried away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the fairy Sugar Plum, our heroine, Clara, and hundreds of people take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This all-round traditional production is a cherished holiday classic, perfect for all ages

Festival Ballet Theater: The Nutcracker – Short morning for young audiences

December 10, 2021 | 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Irvine Barclay Theater, Irvine
Ballet Theater Festival website
Ideal for children!

The Festival Ballet Theater production of Nutcracker, has been specially designed to introduce primary and secondary school students to the beauty of classical ballet and music. This narrated interpretation of an hour of Nutcracker go back to the Barclay. Showcase the outstanding dancers of the FBT Company and young talents from across SoCal.

Celebrate the season with Clara and the Sugar Plum fairy, as they take you on a magical journey to the mystical candy kingdom. There will be magical effects, dazzling sets and opulent costumes.

Sweet plum fairy tea party

November 6, 2021 | 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Seniors Center in Central Park, Huntington Beach
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party Website
Ideal for children!

Ballet Etudes presents its annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party in the beautiful Senior Center in Central Park. Enjoy an overload of cuteness as you and your kids dine with tea and goodies at one of the Nutcracker-themed tables. Costumed Nutcracker characters will be on hand for photos and story time. And the Sugar Plum fairy will perform her special dance. There will be crafts, games, face painting, prizes and more. Don’t miss this unique Nutcracker experience! Places are limited and tickets will sell out!

The Nutcracker + Ballet at Reading Reef

December 15, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pacific City, Huntington Beach (level 1 near Sephora)
The Nutcracker + Ballet on the Reading Reef website
Ideal for children!

Dress in your best ballet or nutcracker costume, 1 winner will receive a prize! – Enjoy a story hour with local author, Maureen McCabe – Enjoy a short demonstration of the Nutcracker ballet from the Festival Ballet Theater! – Take part in a mini ballet class with the ballerinas. – Make a DIY nutcracker themed craft – Buy author’s books and have them signed and personalized. – Bring a sweetly loved book to swap with another book at Reading Reef. During the event, visit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center information booths for information and freebies.

Nutcracker told for children and families

December 4 and 5, 2021 | Hours vary
Huntington Beach Central Library, Huntington Beach
Nutcracker Storytelling Website for Kids and Families
Ideal for children!

The sumptuous hour-long narrated interpretation of the Nutcracker Ballet Theater Festival is specially designed to introduce young children to the beauty of classical ballet and music. Celebrate the season with the heroine Clara, her Nutcracker, the Mouse King and the Plum Fairy as they take you on a magical journey to the mystical candy kingdom.

The Nutcracker by Anaheim Ballet

November 27, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Anaheim Grove, Anaheim
Anaheim Ballet Nutcracker Website

Clara and her Nutcracker doll who turn her dismal winter into a whimsical feast in Candyland. The entire Anaheim Ballet Nutcracker with the Irvine Symphony is the production that you and your family must see. Experience the spectacle of a towering Christmas tree, waltzing flowers, tin soldiers and menacing mice. The lingering theme remains unchanged – good overcomes evil – but AB’s staging of the family classic is constantly updated, which keeps the production fresh. Anaheim Ballet celebrates its 34th season of Nutcracker performances featuring and choreography Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg, acclaimed artistic director of Anaheim Ballet.

Coast City Ballet Nutcracker

December 17 & 18, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Huntington Beach Historic Theater, Huntington Beach
Coast City Ballet website

Join us this holiday season as the lights go out, the music swells, snowflakes fall, flowers waltz and a young girl dreams of a magical world filled with sweetness in the charming and magical Nutcracker. To dance! For the pleasure of your heart1 has the pleasure of delighting young and old again this holiday season with its 17e annual production of this timeless ballet. Dozens of ballerinas and dance students of all ages are sure to keep you entertained in the beautiful La Mirada Theater in La Mirada.

The Nutcracker at Tustin Dance Center

December 4 and 5, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
La Miranda Theater, La Mirada (Not Orange County, but the dance studio is)
Tustin Dance Center website

Rejoice young and old during this holiday season with its 17e annual production of this timeless ballet. Dozens of ballerinas and dance students of all ages are sure to keep you entertained in the beautiful La Mirada Theater in La Mirada.

Casa Nutcracker

December 9 and 10, 2021 | 7:00 p.m.
Casa Romantica Cultural Center, San Clemente
Casa Nutcracker website

This holiday classic features a choreography adapted to the intimate theater of the main salon of Casa Romantica, lasting one hour and twenty minutes.

Ballet Nutcracker Studies

December 4 and 5, 2021 | 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach
Ballet Studies Nutcracker website

Join Clara, her prince, the Sugar Plum fairy and a whole cast as the Nutcracker comes to life. This magnificent Nutcracker ballet is presented by Ballet Etudes. This comprehensive production features music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, professional costumes, snow and other special effects, as well as a cast of over 100 young dancers from Orange County. There will be an educational presentation 30 minutes before the curtain during the 2 p.m. performances. Meet the characters for a photoshoot after the show.

Want to know all the Nutcracker performances that take place in Southern California?

Below is a great list of all the Nutcracker performances that take place in Southern California, from Los Angeles to San Diego.

Nutcracker shows in Southern California

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