Snowflakes. Sword fights. Dancing dolls. And a Christmas tree that reaches the sky. Stanton Welch's opulent new production promises everything you love about The Nutcracker, brighter and more splendid than ever. In this, the most traditional tale, Clara and Drosselmeyer travel together to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy is reunited with her prince - and where the magic happens. With grand sets and stunning costumes, The Nutcracker, features the entire company of dancers playing hundreds of fun and exciting new roles.


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Run Time: approx. 2 hr. 5 min. (one 25 min. intermission)

Take your Nutcracker experience to the next level with an exclusive VIP Experience add-on where you can meet the dancers in full costume, enjoy food and drinks, and take memorable photos.

VIP Experience is available for these select dates:

7:30 pm on December 23

2:00 pm on December 24

It will take your breath away

Houston Press

... catapults the company into the international arena



Stanton Welch AM


In July 2003, the acclaimed Australian choreographer Stanton Welch assumed the leadership of Houston Ballet, America's fourth largest ballet company, as artistic director. Since his arrival, Mr. Welch has transformed Houston Ballet by raising the level of classical technique, infusing the company with new energy, drive and vision; introducing works by distinguished choreographers to the repertoire; and attracting some of the world's best coaches to Houston to work with the dancers. He has created works for such prestigious international companies as Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Royal Danish Ballet. 

... it's a glittery rush

Houston Chronicle

World Premiere by Stanton Welch AM - The Nutcracker


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Orchestra Conductor

Ermanno Florio

Costume & Scenic Designer

Tim Goodchild

Lighting Designer

Lisa Pinkham


The Nutcracker

Nov. 23 - Dec. 29, 2018


Feb. 21 - March 3, 2019


March 7 - 10, 2019