A Holiday Tradition: Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker

***I received complimentary tickets to Boston Ballet’s dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker. All opinions are my own, as always.***

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Do you recognize this entry way and chandelier? It’s one of my favorites in Boston! The Boston Opera House is home to the Boston Ballet and around this time of year, it’s the perfect backdrop for one of my favorite holiday traditions – watching The Nutcracker.

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My family and I were graciously invited to the dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker and it was a unique behind-the-scenes experience! It was so neat to sit near the choreographers, director, musicians and all the behind-the-scenes folks that make the performance so magical and hear them give the last minute tweaks for  their always flawless performances.

This year, the Boston Ballet will be performing the famed Nutcracker from November 25 – December 31. If you have children aged 3 years and up, I would highly recommend making this a part of your holiday. The afternoon show at 1 pm might be better for younger audience members. They also have shows at 11 am, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, depending on the day of the week. The ballet runs about two hours long with one intermission in between. Sometimes you will be able to catch the Dancing Bear and other characters during intermission for a photo! The great thing about The Nutcracker is that there is always something new happening on stage every few minutes. Also, Boston Ballet’s version has some added surprises that you and the kids won’t want to miss!

Tickets start at $35 and you can purchase them here.

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