Nutcracker Season Is Here!

It’s that time of year again, time to take in a holiday performance tradition – “The Nutcracker” – with shows by three local ballets.

Bluegrass Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker in One Act,” featuring more than 100 BYB performers in one hour of magical dancing, festive costumes and the timeless music of Tchaikovsky. Performances at the Singletary Center for the Arts are Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14-$17.

Info: 271-4472 or 257-4929 or


The Kentucky Ballet Theatre is performing its Nutcracker rendition, “What’s Christmas Without The Nutcracker,” in Somerset at the Center For Rural Development, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8:30 p.m. Ticket info: (606) 677-6000.

In Lexington, KBT will perform a new Christmas ballet, “The Night Before Christmas,” at the Lexington Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. Ticket info: 252-5245 (277-2227 between 6-9 p.m. and on weekends.)


The Lexington Ballet presents The Nutcracker, loyal to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s book, in a two-act, two-hour performance at the Lexington Opera House. Adults and children will be able to follow the story told in an engaging classical ballet performed by more than 100 students, plus professional dancers.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 15, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Tickets are $29.75, $19.75 for students.

Info: 233-3925 or