I remember going to see the Nutcracker ballet when I was a kid. I don’t remember the actual ballet. I remember watching the whole time just so I could be the first to spot my friend Alex. I think she was playing a party guest. I looked and looked and waited and waited. Seeing my friend on stage was way more exciting than any story you could tell with dance and music. These days I’m all about the story, even if I don’t know anyone on stage.

Live Theatre Performances in Indianapolis with Kids

The Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel has performances of the Nutcracker on December 6th (7pm), 7th (3om & 7pm) and 8th (3pm) and a Nutcracker Tea party on the 7th! Performances will take place at the Pike Performing Arts Center (). Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 4-22. Want to win tickets? The Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre has kindly offered us two sets of FOUR tickets to giveaway! You can take your little ballerina and her friends, your family or some girlfriends! To buy tickets, click here. To win tickets, click here.

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Max & Ruby, a pair of bunny siblings from the Max & Ruby books will bring you a musical production of the Nutcracker Suite. Tickets are maxruby_nutcracker_300x250$25 to $50 at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre (502 N New Jersey St, Indianapolis). Performances Sunday, December 8th only @ 12:00PM & 3:30PM. My kids are looking forward to this so much! Be it rabbits or ballerinas, you MUST see the Nutcracker this holiday season! Buy tickets here |Win tickets here|

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Indiana Repertory Theatre (140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis) presents A Christmas Carol for the 18th consecutive year! From November 30th through Christmas Eve, take the whole family to see a great performance right downtown! I’ve enjoyed seeing this performance at the IRT twice since I moved to Indy and I loved it! Tickets are $30 to $55 depending on seating and performance time. TIP: Check out a matinee to save money or make a whole special evening of it downtown and see a nighttime performance. Activities will take place before and after performances: caroling in the lobby, live reindeer to pet, sampling of holiday drinks and more. Buy tickets here |Win Tickets Here|

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The Indianapolis Opera presents Amahl and the Night Visitors, which tells the story of the Three Kings, following the Star of Bethlehem. They stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor crippled shepherd boy who lives with his widowed mother. Take in the performance at the Basile Opera Center (4011 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis). Buy tickets here |Win tickets here|

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Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker November 7,2011 Bell Centre in Surrey, BCDecember 6th – 23rd, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents Yuletide at the Hilbert Circle Theatre (32 E. Washington Street, Suite 600, Indianapolis). Get ready for festive music, larger-than-life puppetry, the always-popular Dancing Santas and more. Deck the halls with Jack Everly and the ISO in an afternoon of song and dance the entire family will love. Tickets are $19 and up for kids, $34 and up for adults. Buy tickets here.

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The Academy of Dance Arts presents the Littlest Angel at Scottish Rite Cathedral (650 North Meridian Indianapolis). Performances on December 6th and 7th. Tickets start at $5. What a beautiful setting for a beautiful story!

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