The Nutcracker NYC Ballet Tickets, New York, NY

David H Koch Theater20 Lincoln Center PlazaNew York, NY 10023
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Enjoy George Balanchine's The Nutcracker on Broadway this holiday season! The captivating New York City Nutcracker ballet tells the tale of a girl who finds herself thrust into a magical world full of toy soldiers and cunning mice. Experience Tchaikovsky's alluring music, excellent choreography, lavish costumes and breathtaking sets.

up to 2 hrs

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet performance in NYC and the perfect NYC Christmas experience.
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker ballet is performed by the New York City Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater.
  • Presented by two alternating casts from the School of American Ballet, with sensational sets and costumes.
  • Show duration is approximately 2 hours with one intermission.
  • Recommended for families with children ages 5 and older.
  • Doors open 45 minutes before show time.
  • No recording devices are allowed, including still cameras.
  • Some sections of the theater are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Options for assistive listening, audio description, and closed captions on personal devices are available.


from New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker

As the clock chimes midnight, a brave young girl turns the tide in a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals a wonderful world of confection.

During the holiday period, the entire company is immersed in activities surrounding George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®. All 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 40 stagehands, and more than 125 children, in two alternating casts, from the School of American Ballet join forces to make each performance as magical as possible. Children of all ages from New York City and the nation fill the David H. Koch Theater to be captivated by the lure of Tschaikovsky's music, Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets. George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®, based on the Alexandre Dumas Pere version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), demands a full-scale production.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, including intermission

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Frequently Asked Questions about New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker

Where is The Nutcracker ballet performed?

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is performed at the Lincoln Center - Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY.

How long is The Nutcracker ballet?

The Nutcracker ballet is approximately 2 hours, including one intermission.

Is the Lincoln Center - Koch Theater accessible?

Wheelchair locations are available in some sections of the theater. The theater also houses an accessible bathroom on the same floor and an ADA-compliant elevator. You can also expect to find some services for people with vision or hearing impairments including: (1) ASSISTIVE LISTENING: Amplifies the sound of the production. (2) AUDIO DESCRIPTION: Provides an automated detailed account of the visual of the production, free of charge, for blind or partially sighted patrons. In addition, some theatres provide unlimited access to audio descriptions on personal mobile devices. (3) CLOSED CAPTIONING: Captioning for deaf or hard-of-hearing patrons. In addition, some theatres provide unlimited access to closed captioning on personal mobile devices. These access services are generally provided on-demand and free of charge.

Can I bring my camera to the theater?

No photography or video is allowed in the theater.

When should I arrive for my show?

Theater doors open approximately 45 minutes before showtime. Audience members should arrive at least 30 minutes before the show begins to find their seats, browse the available show merchandise, and settle in before showtime.

Is this show appropriate for children?

Yes. The New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker is recommended for ages 5 and older.

Are concessions available for purchase within the theater?

Yes. Cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks are available for purchase. Outside food is not allowed inside the theater.

Are there language subtitles?

Many shows provide real-time translations in several languages on your mobile device. Language Subtitles may be available in ESPAÑOL (Spanish), 日本語 (Japanese), PORTUGUÊS (Portuguese), עברית (Hebrew), 中文 (Simplified Chinese), FRANÇAIS (French), 한국어 (Korean).