2018 Guide to Nutcracker Performances In and Around New Orleans

The classic Nutcracker ballet is a Christmas favorite for young and old. Sugar Plum Fairies, dancing snowflakes, and a growing Christmas tree will make for magical memories to last a lifetime.

2018 Guide to Nutcracker Performances In and Around New Orleans

Ballet Louisiane (November 30, December 1 & December 2) :: Lelia Haller Ballet Classique presents Ballet Louisiane’s 12th annual production of the holiday dance classic The Nutcracker on Friday, Nov 30 at 7:30pm, Saturday, Dec 1 at 2pm and Saturday, Dec 1 at 7:30pm.

Ballet Apetrei (November 30 & December 1):: Ballet Apetrei celebrates 30 years of bringing the cherished, traditional Christmas holiday tale to life in St. Tammany Parish with the 30th anniversary production of Alexandre Dumas’ adapted story, The Nutcracker.
Directed by Kelly Fortier, the production features international guest artists Lindsey Salvadalena, Donovan Davis and Howard Merlin.


Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts (December 7 & 8 | 7pm) :: Join the Columbia Theatre  in Hammond for their annual performance of the classic Nutcracker Ballet.

River Region Ballet (December 15 & 16) :: The December 15 & 16 performances are at 7:30 pm. The Sugar Plum Matinee performance on Saturday, December 15 at 2:00pm is a shortened version of The Nutcracker created especially for young children. The Sugar Plum Matinee is performed at Destrehan High School, and also features admission to the Sugar Plum Party where guests can mingle with the characters.

New Orleans School of Ballet Presents the Nutcracker (December 15 & 16 | 2pm) :: Join us for our brilliantly imagined New Orleans twist on Tchaikovsky’s treasured holiday classic, performed at St. Rita School in New Orleans! Not to be missed, join Clare Marie and her Nutcracker Prince as they fight off the wretched King Nutria, journey through a Tropical Storm to Sugar Land and meet the Sugar Cane Fairy, parade in a Mardi Gras strut, fly with Pelicans and more!

New Orleans Ballet Theater (December 15, 16th, 22nd & 23rd) :: New Orleans Ballet Theatre performs Tchaikovsky’s timeless favorite, The Nutcracker, at the newly renovated Orpheum Theater. The performance will include over 60 young local dancers. Lead roles will be performed by the internationally acclaimed dancers of New Orleans Ballet Theatre.

Delta Festival Ballet (December 22 & December 23) :: DFB’s 36th Anniversary Season of The Nutcracker directed by Joseph and Maria Giacobbe. This year’s ballet will be performed by DFB’s outstanding local professionals and a Youth Corps of over 100 young dancers from the Greater New Orleans Area. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany the performances at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

Saenger Theatre (December 26 | 3:00pm and 7:00pm) :: Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, growing Christmas tree and life-sized Matrushka Dolls!

Lindsay is a native New Orleanian, displaced only by her years at Mississippi State, where she earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries and a minor in English. She came home shortly after Katrina, to work as a zookeeper and be a part of the rebuilding of her beloved city. She dragged her husband Drake, a Tennessee native, along with her. Their son Bennett joined the family in 2010, and in 2014 they welcomed identical twin girls, Genevieve and Kellen Clair. She now works full time as an Environmental Scientist and part-time as NOM’s resident Jill of All Trades. Powered by espresso, cake, and craft beer, her happy place is on a beach or in the woods. Need to identify a plant, tree, or animal? Lindsay’s a wealth of random knowledge. She loves to cook and sprinkle a little glitter on everything.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here