Is there a more classic holiday tradition than watching the Nutcracker? Probably not and luckily for you, there are two different Nutcracker shows in Seattle that you can check out this year. We’re talking about George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at PNB and The Hip Hop Nutcracker featuring Kurtis Blow at Paramount Theatre.

PNB’s Nutcracker is one that you probably know well. It follows the story of a young girl as she adventures into a Christmas wonderland with her newfound friend, the nutcracker. Together they battle the evil mouse king and bring joy to all the fantastical characters they meet along the way. With PNB’s talented dancers, detailed costumes, and choreography it’s a must-watch.

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But what about The Hip Hop Nutcracker? It’s a re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s 129-year-old ballet as a holiday dance spectacle with a cast of a dozen all-star dancers and an on-stage DJ. It’s hitting the road for a seventh season and Seattle is one of the lucky stops but it’s only happening for one weekend. The production is big in that it features hip hop pioneer Kurtis “The Breaks” Blow. FYI, he was the first rapper to be signed by a major label in 1979.

So whether you want something classic or a true remix this year, there’s a Nutcracker for everyone. Ticket’s for both shows are on sale now and as always we recommend purchasing them ahead of time.

Keep in mind you will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend both performances. You can learn more about each performance and snag your tickets by clicking below.

Hip Hop Nutracker

When: November 13th & 14th
Where: 911 Pine Street, Seattle, WA
Cost: $45-$85

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

When: November 26th-December 28th
Where: 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA
Cost: $27+ per person