December 4-23, 2021 | The Long Center

Bring the magic of the holiday season to life

From the scrumptious sets and costumes to the colorful characters you adore, Ballet Austin’s annual production of THE NUTCRACKER is Austin’s favorite holiday tradition! Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra. Share this sweet treat with your favorite people and celebrate the season with Ballet Austin.

MUSIC: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT: Austin Symphony Orchestra

Run time: Two 50-minute acts with a 20-minute intermission



FOOTLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES & FOOTLIGHTS: takes place one hour before the show inside Dell Hall on the second-floor Mezzanine level. Both of these behind-the-scenes talks are FREE and created for audience members of all ages. FOOTLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES available at matinee shows, focuses on the characters and the storyline of The NutcrackerFOOTLIGHTS available at evening shows, focuses on the history and story behind Stephen Mills’ creation. Duration: 20 minutes, provided by Ballet Austin’s Community Education Staff

BALLET-O-MANIA: Walk through our pop-up museum, BALLET-O-MANIA, located on the second-floor Mezzanine level in the Kodosky Lounge. Your ticket to the show gives you free entry to this interactive discovery area which includes exhibits on The Nutcracker and future productions including pointe shoes, costumes, and more! If you’ve experienced BALLET-O-MANIA in the past, be sure to see it again as it changes for each production! Provided by Ballet Austin’s Community Education Staff

Photo Stations: Scattered around the Long Center are photo vignettes for you and your family to commemorate your time at Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker. Snap a selfie at each and be sure to tag us online #NutcrackerATX. Provided by Ballet Austin’s Young Children’s Division Petite Parties.

Click below to view the official trailer:


Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: $29.00-$94.00
  • Phone: 512.476.2163

Presenter Details

  • Name: Ballet Austin
  • Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. Established in 1956, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has a rich history, featuring original, acclaimed productions and a commitment to creating access to programs. Ballet Austin owns and operates a combined training facility located in the heart of downtown Austin and is among the 15 largest classical ballet companies in the country.

Venue Details

  • Address: 701 W Riverside Drive
  • City: Austin
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78704