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The Nutcracker is Coming to Your Family this Holiday Season

Check Out Virtual Packages & Exclusive In-Person Experiences Available

For the first time in history, Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, is offering the community the ability to watch The Nutcracker from the comfort of their homes. A previously recorded performance from December 2019, with the Richmond Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, will be available to stream December 11 through December 26. A variety of virtual packages and exclusive in-person experiences are also available, offering additional ways to bring the magic of The Nutcracker home.

Choreographed by Artistic Director Stoner Winslett, the Richmond Ballet holiday classic has been heralded as “one of the country’s most perfect [Nutcracker productions]” by The New York Times. “This will be the first time since the premiere of my original production of The Nutcracker in 1980 that Richmond Ballet will not perform our beloved classic,” said Winslett. “Seeing the joy that The Nutcracker brings to our audiences makes up so many of my precious memories, and I am extraordinarily grateful to all of the families who have made our production a part of their holiday tradition each year. Until we can once again gather in person around the Silberhaus’ enchanted Christmas tree, our entire Richmond Ballet team has curated some incredible experiences designed to enhance your virtual Nutcracker experience.”

Tickets to The Nutcracker: Bring the Magic Home start at $25. To learn more, visit

Bring the magic of The Nutcracker home!

The Nutcracker – $25 See why The New York Times called our production one of the country’s “most perfect.” From Friday, December 11th through Saturday, December 26th watch a recording of a previous performance of The Nutcracker as many times as you’d like! Get all dolled up in your holiday finest or put on your coziest pajamas and join Clara on her journey from beneath the branches of an enchanted Christmas tree through a winter white forest to the Kingdom of Sweets.

The Nutcracker with Bonus Features – $40 In addition to receiving The Nutcracker performance, get access to our ‘Behind the Curtain’ bonus videos featuring dancer commentaries, tales and traditions from backstage, and more.

Family Package* – $125 For the young and young at heart, receive a Nutcracker gift box including decorate-your-own cookies from Melissa’s Simply Sweet, a Nutcracker craft activity, a special gift from our Nutcracker Boutique and other surprises. All gift boxes must be picked up curbside from the Richmond Ballet building on either Saturday, December 12 from 11am – 3pm or Thursday, December 17th from 2pm – 6pm. Your pick-up will be highlighted by the chance to see some of our dancers in their Nutcracker party outfits and everyone’s favorite Russian Bear.

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

Premier Family Package * – $250  Make this holiday season extra special by sending a personalized video message from one of our dancers (in costume) to a loved one! The magic will come from a beloved Nutcracker character who will speak directly to you or your gift recipient. This package includes everything from the Family Package plus a personalized video message and an autographed pointe shoe.

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features 

Join us for the Magic * – $500 Are you looking for that special occasion to dress up in your holiday best and enjoy a safe and socially distanced theatre experience? On Sunday, December 13th at 1:00pm or 4:30pm at our Studio Theatre in downtown Richmond, you and up to three guests will be greeted by characters from The Nutcracker before watching the second act of our pre-recorded Nutcracker performance on our beautiful big screen in our Studio Theatre. The second act includes so many favorites like the Arabian Snake and Charmer, the Russian Bear, the Chinese Dragon and the adorable lambs. After the screening, a special surprise live performance will cap off the holiday fun. Your group will receive a Family Package Nutcracker gift box upon leaving the theatre to take more of the magic home with you!

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

Character Visit to Your Home* – $1,000 This holiday season, a once in a lifetime opportunity awaits! Journeying all the way from the Kingdom of Sweets, choose from the Russian Bear, Sugar Plum Fairy or Snow Queen to make a special visit to your home. This never before experience will include a socially-distanced visit and photo opportunity (masks required) outside of your home. You’ll also receive a Family Package Nutcracker gift box and a personally autographed, framed photo from one of their exquisite performances. There is no way to be closer to the magic of The Nutcracker this season!

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

Image: Ronald Wagstaff, Trevor Davis, and Anthony Oates in The Nutcracker by Stoner Winslett.  Richmond Ballet. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson.


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