Where to See “The Nutcracker” in the Hudson Valley

If your holiday season just isn’t the same without dancing sugar plum fairies and marching toy soldiers, head to one of these local performances to enjoy “The Nutcracker.”

Ring in the festive season by attending one of these enchanting performances of “The Nutcracker” in the Hudson Valley. The shows are a treat for attendees of all ages.

The Orpheum Performing Arts Center
December 2 and 9, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; December 3 and 10, 2 p.m.

The Catskill Mountain Foundation enters its eighth annual production of the holiday classic with up-and-coming ballerinas. catskillmtn.org

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Hudson River Performing Arts Center @ the Culinary Institute of America
Hyde Park
December 2–3, 1 p.m.

Pre-professional ballerinas take the stage at the CIA’s Marriott Pavilion. hudsonriverperformingarts.com

Palace Theatre
December 5, 7 p.m.

Enjoy puppetry, acrobatics, and more—for one night only in a Baroque-style auditorium. palacealbany.org

The Bardavon
December 7, 9:45 a.m. and 12 p.m.; December 8, 12 p.m.; December 9, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; December 10, 3 p.m.

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Watch the beloved story gracefully unfold with the New Paltz Ballet Theatre, now in its 24th season. bardavon.org

Clara dances with the Nutcracker at The Bardavon.
Clara dances with the Nutcracker at The Bardavon. By Jacques/ Courtesy of The Bardavon.

Ulster Performing Arts Center
December 8, 7 p.m.; December 9, 4 p.m.; December 10, 2 p.m.

Performing “The Nutcracker” for the first time since 2019, Catskill Ballet Theatre returns to the stage. bardavon.org

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Photos (front to back) Adobe Stock/ Sunnychicka; Adobe Stock/ Rangizzz.

Tarrytown Music Hall
December 10, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Specially tailored for family audiences, this performance by the New York Theatre Ballet packs all the magic into an hour-long showing. tarrytownmusichall.org

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Emelin Theatre
December 16, 7 p.m.; December 17, 2 p.m.; December 26–29, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In a performance titled “The Nutcracker Dream,” the talented dancers of Ballet des Amériques offer a 90-minute interpretation of the original program. emelin.org

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