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Celebrate Christmas in July with Tickets to Nashville’s Nutcracker 

Celebrate Christmas in July with Tickets to Nashville’s Nutcracker 

Nashville’s Favorite Holiday Tradition Returns to Tennessee Performing Arts Center December 6 – 26, 2024

Youth Cast Auditions are Set for August 25 and September 8

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 1, 2024 – Nashville Ballet announces tickets are now on sale for the beloved holiday tradition – Paul Vasterling’s Nashville’s Nutcracker returning to Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall this holiday season. The curtain will rise on the first production on Friday, Dec. 6 and will run through Thursday, Dec. 26.

Become a holiday hero when you snag the best seats in the house, at the best prices, for the entire family to experience the unforgettable magic of Music City’s must-see holiday tradition. Tickets for Nashville’s Nutcracker sell out quickly each year, so patrons are encouraged to secure their tickets as quickly as possible. Single tickets start at just $45.

Experience the joy and wonder of this classic tale reimagined, capturing the heart and spirit of Nashville with live music by The Nashville Symphony.  Paul Vasterling’s Nashville’s Nutcracker takes audiences on an unforgettable celebration of music, dance and unique storytelling that embodies the magic of the holidays.  Performances will include Nashville Ballet company dancers, Nashville Ballet’s Second Company NB2, a cast of youth students from School of Nashville Ballet and select community partners.

“We are proud to continue one of Nashville’s most cherished productions this holiday season,” said Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director and CEO Nick Mullikin. “This dynamic performance of dance will feature our company dancers, along with students from School of Nashville Ballet, that will surely dazzle audiences this Christmas.”

The timeless classic, originally choreographed by Artistic Director Emeritus Paul Vasterling, weaves some of Nashville’s rich history, sites and events throughout the Christmas classic. Set against the backdrop of the vibrant city, this performance invites audiences of all ages to revel in the splendor of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s kingdom, the fierceness of the Mouse King and the timeless adventure of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince.  Winner of a 2020 Emmy Award-winning film and named the best Dance Production of 2022 by Broadway World Nashville, this is Nashville’s featured holiday tradition.

Nashville’s Nutcracker will again feature School of Nashville Ballet students and, for the first time since 2019, the community at large. Those interested can audition on Sunday, Aug. 25 or on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet.  Auditions are held in a light and fun environment, and no prior dance experience is required.  Detailed information about the youth auditions will be released later.  For questions regarding the audition process, please email for more information.

In addition, Nashville Ballet will present Paul Vasterling’s productions of Dracula with George Balanchine’s Serenade, and The Sleeping Beauty, among the season’s blockbuster lineup.  Nashville Ballet offers various season ticket packages designed for date nights or the entire family. Ticket packages are now on sale for as low as $112 and include Dracula, Nashville’s Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty.  View season ticket savings and purchase options including the Complete Package, Family Package, or the Symphony Package at, or by phone at 615-297-2966 ext. 710.

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Nashville Ballet, the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee, presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director Nick Mullikin, and other guest artists. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2, provides more than 55,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through virtual and in-person season performances and Community Engagement programming. Nashville Ballet curriculum-based Community Engagement and Education Programs bring dance education to over 12,000 students in over 25 schools across 21 council districts in Middle Tennessee. School of Nashville Ballet provides exceptional dance training to students ages two and up.

Nashville Ballet creates, performs, teaches, and promotes dance as an essential and inspiring element of the Nashville community. Season ticket holders’ support helps to sustain Nashville Ballet’s artistic and educational excellence, accessible arts education to children and adults throughout the Nashville area and beyond, contributing to the city’s vibrant arts and cultural landscape.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metro Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional, and national institutional funders, community partners, and hundreds of generous individuals provide ongoing support for Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.

To learn more about Nashville Ballet, please visit