The magic, mayhem, and music of Milwaukee’s most popular holiday tradition continues to captivate and inspire. Gather the family for this delightful dance adventure. Magical toymaker Drosselmeyer takes Clara, Fritz, and Marie on a journey to the Land of Toys and Sweets where they enjoy dances from around the world.

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Marize Fumero and Davit Hovhannisyan. Photo Mark Frohna

“Visually stunning and bursting with imagination”

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Tchaikovsky’s iconic score is played live by Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Experience the wonder of the world-famous suites, including “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Waltz of the Flowers,” and “March of The Nutcracker.” The young artists of Milwaukee Children’s Choir sing choral melodies rarely performed live. Milwaukee Ballet is one of the only dance companies in the nation to maintain its own symphonic orchestra.


“A lavish, stage-filling spectacle.”
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

More than 200 dancers take the stage in this holiday favorite featuring elaborate sets, lavish period costumes, special effects, and magic tricks! Marvel at the grandeur of the Tannenbaum’s Christmas party and delight in the colorful characters of the Land of Toys and Sweets. The childhood joy of The Nutcracker is underscored by 180 students of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy who dance onstage with the professional Company.

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Michael Pink is the longest serving artistic director in Milwaukee Ballet’s history. Since arriving in 2002, he has demonstrated his commitment to the future of dance through new work, education, and collaboration. His artistic vision for Milwaukee Ballet continues to excite and challenge.

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