Nutcracker Ballet

The finale of Miami City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (Kyle Froman / November 20, 2013)

If you are a nut, then you may want to consider leaving town.

The holiday season is bringing several “Nutcracker” ballets to South Florida.

Here’s a roundup of 11 “Nutcrackers” you shouldn’t miss:


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In addition to the ballet, the company will host a Gingerbread Ball on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at which young people can meet Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and other magical characters at a post-matinee children’s party.

When: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, various times

Where: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton

Cost: $20-$35

Contact: 561-995-0709 or


Appropriate for ages 4 and up, this version features choreography for a cast of 100 young dancers by Yanis Pikieris and Marielena Mencia.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7

Where: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami

Cost: $25-$35

Contact: 786-573-5300 or or


Vladimir Issaev’s ballet will be presented in three South Florida venues, but the opening gala will be held at the Fillmore Miami Beach at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

When: Dec. 8-22, various times

Where: Dec. 8 Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave.; Dec. 13-15 at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.; and Dec 21-22 at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: Miami Beach $47.50-$52.50 ($100.50 for VIP gala tickets); Aventura $35; and Fort Lauderdale $15-$35