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Seattle Sights: The Nutcracker Ballet at McCaw Hall

A Holiday Event Celebrating the Season in Seattle Center

pacific northwest ballet pnb nutcracker seattle center christmas holiday season ticketsAdd lights, dancing and amazing performances to your calendar of events in Seattle, because the Holiday Season just isn't complete without the Pacific Northwest Ballet's classic Nutcracker which runs through December 29th.

Tourist Tip #1  Treat you and yours to a beautiful experience. You can even Purchase Tickets Online.

What Critics are Saying

Gemma Alexander of has this to say about the Nutcracker Ballet, "Do bring your boys. It is true that ballet is a perfect activity for little princesses, but there is plenty for boys to enjoy, too, especially at Nutcracker. After all, the title character is a prince. There is a sword dancer and a rousing battle scene (with cannon fire!) in the first act. The little boy sitting in front of me today was so excited by the giant leaps of the dervishes in Act Two that I thought he might try to join them on stage."

Tourist Tip #2  If the little ones aren't quite in the mood to be on their best behavior there are monitors in the lobby you can watch the show from while letting the kiddos let off steam without disturbing the other patrons.

As a Seattle Met Pick "A day of holiday frolicking wouldn’t be complete without revisiting PNB’s monumental Nutcracker with its 187 dancers, storied Maurice Sendak sets and costumes, and Boeing-engineered Christmas tree that grows to 28 feet."

Tourist Tip #3  Have a large familiy or group of friends? Check out the group rates page

Isabel Sanden of writes "Unlike the Land of Sweets setting in the traditional ballet, PNB's version, choreographed by Kent Stowell, thrills and entertains at the kingly court of Pasha’s Palace. Stowell's brilliant vision combined with the dazzlingly unique and inspired sets and costumes by the beloved children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, lead the audience into a world filled with breathtaking surprises at every turn – a gorgeous peacock, a fearsome tiger, whirling dervishes and a fanciful harlequin.  The result is a Nutcracker that captures the attention of even the youngest members of the audience, who otherwise might be lulled into a nap by the more traditional productions. In this contemporary version, the beauty and complexity of the choreography and costuming enchant and enthrall all the way to the spectacular finale.  This season’s production is dedicated to Sendak, who passed away earlier this year."

Tourist Tip #4  Don't miss the opportunity to take your kids into the Orchestra pit to see the instruments up close!

What People are Saying

"The Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker is the best!!"
Reviewed November 25, 2012 NEW on by Jamie A. from Bonney Lake, Washington
"McCaw Hall is gorgeous, and you feel the Christmas Spirit from the moment you step into the theater.  The set and props are amazing... they fill the stage with color and excitement!  The dancers are extremely talented, and it is so fun to watch the children ballet dancers!  To top it all off, there is a live orchestra that plays the most beautiful music...  Really, this whole production is just stunning!..."

Tourist Tip #5  You may want to plan on eating out before the performance to experience the newest restaurant in Seattle Center just steps from McCaw Hall, the Collections Cafe'. Experience upscale yet affordable cuisine and unique decor comprising the personal collections of Dale Chihuly, read reviews about this unique dining experience here.


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