Countdown to The Nutcracker!      

Photo courtesy of the Boston Ballet

Photo courtesy of the Boston Ballet

Aren’t the ballerinas in this photo beautiful? They are dancers in the Boston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, which runs through December 31 at the Boston Opera House.

We took R and G to see the ballet a few years ago, when the Boston Ballet’s Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen debuted his stunning overhaul of the show (the 42 foot Christmas tree was something to see!). I was apprehensive that the kids would not make it through the performance—they were so little!—but the moment the lights went down and the dancing began, they were enthralled. I’m not sure I had ever seen them sit so still. They had always loved the story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker on which the ballet is based and to see it brought to life amazed them.

I remember adoring the sets and costumes, by award winning designer Robert Perdziola; they are gorgeous. And the children in the performance! The Nutcracker features more than 250 classically trained ballet students from the Boston area. What a thrill dancing in the show must be for them.

R and G still talk about the ballet and have asked repeatedly to see it again. So, I’m excited that we’ll be attending a matinee of The Nutcracker later month. The Boston Ballet was kind enough to give us two free tickets for the kids.

To get ready for the performance, we’ll re-read our beloved Nutcracker book and watch videos like this one featuring the Boston Ballet.

The Boston Ballet is hosting a number of interactive story hours for those wishing to learn more about the Nutcracker. Upcoming Story Hours will be held in Peabody, Gloucester, Danvers, Newton, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Marblehead. You can find out more about these offerings here.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Ballet

Photo courtesy of the Boston Ballet

Will the kids love the show as much this year? I hope so—and I look forward to telling you all about this special holiday celebration here on Red Shutters.

Tickets for The Nutcracker from the Boston Ballet start at $29 and can be purchased online at or over the phone at 617.695.6955.

Disclosure: I have received two complimentary tickets to an upcoming performance of The Nutcracker. All opinions in this post are mine alone.