The Nutcracker

Featuring live music with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra


Arrive early for even more holiday magic!

Be sure to arrive early to take in all of the pre-show excitement which includes:

Klara’s Closet: Try some of the magic on for size in Klara’s Closet in the lower level lobby. From a magical snow princess, to an evil mouse or a daring Nutcracker, children can transform into their favorite Nutcracker characters before they experience the story come to life on stage.

Storytime: Get lost in the story of The Nutcracker before show time as special guests read it out loud to children of all ages. Readings will begin at the following times:

  • Weeknights - 6:20 PM

  • Matinees - 12 PM and 12:30 PM

  • Weekends - 5:20 PM

Photo Booth: Meet the Snow Tsarina and have your photograph taken with her in the magical sleigh, located in the main lobby.
All exciting lobby activities begin an hour and a half before the curtain rises.



Dec 6-9 incl. Sat & Sun matinées

Dec 14-16, Dec 20-24 Sat & Sun matinées

RUN TIME: 1 hour, 51 minutes

Act one: 46 minutes

Intermission: 20 minutes

Act two: 45 minutes

Acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest renderings and celebrated as a delightfully traditional depiction, Edmund Stripe’s The Nutcracker celebrates its 10th anniversary this season.

Opulent and historically authentic, this magical turn- of-the-century retelling of E.T.A. Hoffman’s famous tale is transposed to Imperialist Russia’s majestic era, when French fashion was in vogue and Tchaikovsky composed his timeless masterpiece.

The Nutcracker features a cast of more than 120 performers. With equally sumptuous sets and costumes designed by Emmy Award winner Zack Brown, Alberta Ballet’s incomparable The Nutcracker offers your entire family a festive and glittering evening.

Alberta Ballet will commemorate this production's 10th anniversary with a special edition that includes guest cameos and new choreographic elements.

Alberta Ballet's holiday tradition of The Nutcracker will shine brighter than ever in 2018! 


Edmund Stripe

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Peter Dala

PLEASE NOTE: We strongly encourage fans to purchase tickets through the links found on Alberta Ballet’s official website,

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If you purchase from any other seller or website, you risk receiving fraudulent tickets or paying inflated prices. Regrettably, any customer service issues resulting from reseller tickets cannot be supported by Alberta Ballet. 

Alberta Ballet plunges us into so deep a fantasy we scarcely notice, because the dream and the dancing are so beautiful.
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