NUTCRACKER Hometown Tour

Tickets for new venues on sale NOW!

Smart Financial Centre*
DEC. 10 - 23
Hobby Center
DEC. 30 - JAN. 6

*Ticketing will be done through Ticketmaster for Smart Financial Centre

Please visit Ticketmaster to purchase

Dates for Smart Financial Centre

December 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 @ 7:30pm
December 10, 16, 17, 23 @ 2:00pm

Dates for Hobby Center

December 30, January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6 @ 7:30pm
December 30, January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6 @ 2:00pm

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VIP Dates for Hobby Center ONLY

January 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 @ 7:30pm
January 2, 3, 4, 5 @ 2:00pm

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 Click Here for The Nutcracker Press Release 


Click here for The Nutcracker Casting


Downloadable Coloring Pages

The Nutcracker

Sugar Plum Fairy



The holiday season reignites with Stanton Welch’s spectacular new production of The Nutcracker. Enjoy all the splendor of this timeless classic, with opulence brighter than ever. Journey with Clara, Drosselmeyer, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a magical adventure through a growing Christmas tree, interactive snow scene, and whimsical Kingdom of Sweets. The music, costumes, and hundreds of delightful characters will bring out the child in everyone!

Total run time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission

Houston Ballet’s performances of The Nutcracker generously sponsored by:

Houston Methodist

Apache   Baker Botts   Bank of America

ConocoPhillips   H-E-B   Macy's   

Shell     United

To say that it embodies spectacle is a wild understatement. It is the most spectacular Nutcracker I know, and my jaw remained dropped for the entire first act and most of the second.



$60 per person

Make your Nutcracker experience even more magical with an exclusive VIP Experience add-on. Enjoy complimentary wine, a POParazzi's Gourmet Popcorn bar, and warm Tiff's Treats cookies surrounded by the sparkling Green Room holiday décor, meet the dancers onstage in full costume amongst the Nutcracker sets, and leave with a keepsake holiday gift.


The night outside the Stahlbaum house on a German Christmas Eve,
Blows and blusters, and cracks its cheeks. Yet, inside, warm within her room,
Sweet Clara glows with make-believe.
Feisty Fritz with doggy Heinz bounds in to misbehave,
But is stopped mid-prank by stern Housemaid, who controls with haughty wave.
“Put away those toys, and wash your hands. Prepare for the party below.”
Beloved toys are whisked away, ears all cleaned, all ready to go.
Oldest Louise, fresh as the spring, the fairest girl of all,
Fusses and primps for she firmly intends to be the only belle of the ball.
Mother and father have gifts to bestow:
For lovely Louise, a corsage for romance,
Pointe shoes for Clara who loves to dance,
Tin trumpet for Fritz, that will blurt, and screech, and blow.
What do you think then happens next, no sooner than family leaves?
The toy chest bursts open all by itself, and out tumble toys like sheaves!

To read more:

download The Nutcracker synopsis


SCORE: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky



HOUSTON BALLET ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR (2017): Ermanno Florio; Richard Bado, Craig Kier, David LaMarche, Jonathan McPhee – guest conductors


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