Nothing evokes the Christmas spirit more than The Nutcracker, a time-honored classic full of whimsical costumes, beautiful dancing and that spark of magic that’s sure to excite both young and old. We’re lucky that Indy offers such a wide array of opportunities to see this holiday classic in its old world charm, but you’ll also find a few new and fresh interpretations. Plus, little wiggle bottoms will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a showing of the Nutcracker that was created with their needs in mind.

Best Nutcracker Performances for Preschoolers

Indianapolis School of Ballet Presents “Nutcracker Sweets”

Location: Central Library
Date: November 10
Time: 3 pm
Cost: Free

Sugarplum Saturday

Where: Indiana History Center
When: November 30
Cost: Activities are included with admission. A special VIP experience requires tickets.

Nutcracker Story Time

Location: Indianapolis Public Libraries
Date: Varies
Time: Varies
Price: Free

Nutcracker Ballet Storytime

Where: Fishers Library
When: December 11 at 10:30 am
Cost: Free

Nutcracker Story Time

Location: Hussey-Mayfield Public Library
Date: November 2
Time: 10:45 am
Cost: Free

Ballet Theatre of Carmel Presents “Scenes from The Nutcracker Ballet”

Location:Westfield Washington Public Library
Date: December 2
Time: 6 pm
Price:  Free

Nutcracker Ballet Storytime

Location: Noblesville Library
Date: December 9
Time: 10:30 am
Price: Free

Village Dance Studio’s Nutcracker Short & Suite (Special Needs Friendly)

Location: Grace Church (146th Street)
Date: December 15
Time: 2 pm and 4 pm
Price: $12 for adults; $8 for children

Where to See the Nutcracker Ballet in Indy

The Nutcracker with a Sweets Meet and Greet

Location: The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts
Date: November 24
Time: 2 pm and 7 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $35; Sweets Meet and Greet is an additional $15

Indianapolis Ballet Presents the Nutcracker

Location: Old National Center
Date:November 29 at 8 pm; November 30 at 2 and 8 pm; December 1 at 3 pm
Price: Varies

Ballet Theatre of Carmel Presents the Nutcracker

Where: Carmel High School
When: December 14 at 7:30 pm and December 15 at 2 pm
Cost: TBD

Ballet Expressenz presents Suites of the Nutcracker

Where: Pike Performing Arts Center
When: December 20 at 6:30 pm and December 21 at 1 pm
Cost: $14

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Presents The Nutcracker

Where: Pike Performing Arts Center
When: December 6 at 7 pm and December 7 at 3 and 7 pm
Cost: $25 for adults; $15 for students/seniors

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Where: Old National Centre
When: December 4 at 8 pm
Cost: Varies

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble Presents the Nutcracker

Where: Zionsville Performing Arts Center
When: December 13 at 7:30 pm; December 14 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; December 15 at 2 pm
Cost: $25

The Children’s Ballet Presents the Nutcracker

Where: Danville Community High School
When: December 20 at 7 pm; December 21 at 7 pm; and December 22 at 2:30 pm
Cost: $15 for adults; $7 for children under 12

Butler Ballet Present Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

Where: Butler Arts Center
When: December 5 at 7:30 pm; December 6 at 8 pm; December 7 at 2 pm and 8 pm; December 8 at 12 pm and 5 pm
Cost: Varies