The Nutcracker Pennsylvania Ballet is a beloved Pennsylvania institution that marks the official start of the holiday season in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Ballet performs George Balanchine’s iconic version of the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker will be at the Academy of Music (240 S Broad Street) from December 6 until December 31.
Watch The Nutcracker at the Pennsylvania Ballet come to life at Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy! Savor delightful tea sandwiches, dessert and assorted warm beverages (including unique teas) as well as numerous photo opportunities with the Sugarplum fairy! The tea takes place on Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 20 at 12:00 noon.
The magic of the Nutcracker continues at the Nutcracker Market which is open to the public from December 11 through December 14. Entry to the market is free and it’s a fun way to shop for your friends and loved ones this holiday season. Enjoy three floors of indoor shopping at the Kimmel Center and portion of the proceeds from these sales go to the Pennsylvania Ballet and the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. There will be more than 75 stalls with goods ranging from ornaments and jewelry to photography. One of the coolest aspects of the Nutcracker Market is the behind the scenes displays, which provide visitors with a “peek” behind the curtain of this famed performance.
The Pennsylvania Ballet is currently in its 51st season and continues to represent some of the best in classical dance performance in the region. There performances aren’t limited to only the Nutcracker, throughout the year, enjoy Swan Lake, the Prodigal Son and Keigwin, Fonte & Forsythe. Looking for post-theater dining? You don’t have to look far! Enjoy fine dining at Volver (300 S. Broad Street), for Italian check out Varalli (231 S. Broad Street) and Sbraga (440 S. Broad Street) or for delicious wines and great small plates head to Tria (1137 Spruce Street).