December 9-23 | Belk Theater

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Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping candy canes and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy. Complete with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony, Nutcracker premiered with all new sets and costumes in 2016. Whether it’s a treasured family tradition or you’re experiencing it for the first time, Nutcracker promises wonderful holiday memories for years to come!


$25 – $125
Sold exclusively through CarolinaTix

Run Time

2 hours


Appropriate for all ages


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Dec. 9 | Saturday | 2 PM               Buy Tickets

Dec. 9 | Saturday | 7 PM               Buy Tickets

Dec. 10 | Sunday | 2 PM                Buy Tickets

Dec. 14 | Thursday | 7:30 PM      Buy Tickets

Dec. 15 | Friday | 7:30 PM           Buy Tickets

Dec. 16 | Saturday | 2 PM            Buy Tickets

Dec. 16 | Saturday | 7 PM           Buy Tickets

Dec. 17 | Sunday | 2 PM              Buy Tickets

Dec. 17 | Sunday | 7 PM                Buy Tickets

Dec. 20 | Wednesday | 7:30 PM      Buy Tickets

Dec. 21 | Thursday | 2 PM                Buy Tickets

Dec. 21 | Thursday | 7:30 PM          Buy Tickets

Dec. 22 | Friday | 2 PM                     Buy Tickets

Dec. 22 | Friday | 7:30 PM               Buy Tickets

Dec. 23 | Saturday | 2 PM               Buy Tickets

Dec. 23 | Saturday | 7 PM               Buy Tickets


 The tradition of Nutcracker is made even more magical through these special performances.


Children, families and adults with sensory friendly disorders and other specific needs can join us in a more comfortable, inviting and safe environment to enjoy ballet. READ MORE

Dec. 20 | Wednesday | 1 PM | Lobby opens at 11:30 AM      


Charlotte ballet makes our way to South Carolina to perform at Charleston Gaillard Center joined by student dancers from the Charleston community. READ MORE

Dec. 2 | Saturday | 2PM         Buy Tickets


Senior adults are invited to view a fully costumed working dress rehearsal of Nutcracker on a weekday afternoon at a discounted ticket price. See full schedule. READ MORE

Dec. 8 | Friday | 1:30 PM | Contact KATELYN POUNDS for tickets. 


Take a field trip to experience a live, professional ballet performance tailored just for students. READ MORE

Dec. 13 | Wednesday | 10AM

Dec. 15 | Friday | 10AM       Buy Tickets


Making Nutcracker a Memorable Family Experience

Whether you’re attending Nutcracker for the first time as a family, or coming back for your holiday tradition, everyone shares a common goal: make it memorable, meaningful and fun. Easier said than done? Not at all! With planning and preparation plus a few practical tips, each member of your family can discover the magic of Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker, and enjoy an experience with lasting memories.

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QUIZ: Which Nutcracker character are you?

Are you a popular sweetheart like the Sugar Plum Fairy or do you have a bit of a mischievous streak like the Mouse King? Take our quiz to find out which character you’d be in Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker.

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Nutcracker Performance Photos

Nutcracker has brand new sets and costumes. Take a look at this magical vision come to life in a series of photos and plan how to share the magic with your loved ones!

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Theater, Seating & Parking

Need directions, theater information or want to get the best rates on parking? We’ve got you covered.

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Dining & Activities

Uptown Charlotte is bustling with restaurants, museums and fun! Make it a perfect ballet outing by adding on some of our favorite things near the theater.

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