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Celebrating Christmas in Arkansas with The Nutcracker Ballet


Here’s to the way we experience the holiday season! The scents of traditional home cooked meals, the sight of a football sailing across the sky or bare tree limbs waving in the wind, the sound of family fellowship and mirth, the pervasive sense of gratitude, goodwill and brotherhood, the sting of cold air and visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads all let us know what time of the year it is.

Dancing sugarplums are visible not only in our heads; this holiday season will place them up on stages around the state, in live performances of The Nutcracker ballet. Let’s raise a cup of eggnog to these dance companies and the beautiful ballets they are producing!

3 NADT Nutcracker Clara watches Jete

4 NADT Nutcracker Mother Ginger

Photo Credit Dr. Dave Thomas of Lyon College

Hot Springs

The Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company will have Nutcracker performances November 27 and 28 and December 4 and 5 at 7 pm, and December 6 at 3 pm. Tickets range from $25-35 for adults and $12-17 for children, available at the door or online here.


The Children’s Clinic and The Foundation of Arts present The Nutcracker at the Forum, an historic theatre. Performances are December 3, 5 and 6 at 7 pm and December 4 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 or $17 each; buy them here.


Ballet Arkansas will perform December 11-13 at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center at Maumelle High School, with several matinee and evening performances. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will supply the breathtaking and familiar music of Tchaikovsky. This is the celebrated Ballet Arkansas’s 30th annual Nutcracker ballet.

5 Ballet Arkansas Nutcracker Amanda and Tony as Sugar Plum and Cavalier

Photo Credit: Kevin B Photography


Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet and Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre perform their 3rd Annual Nutcracker ballet at the Arend Arts Center at the Bentonville High School December 12 at 7 pm and December 13 at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 each if purchased ahead here, or $25 at the door, but they’re selling fast. The Bentonville High School Chamber Orchestra will be providing the prelude and intermission entertainment.

6 NWA Ballet Nutcracker Clara

7 NWA Ballet Nutcracker Lindsay Dancer

8 NWA Ballet Nutcracker

Photos courtesy of Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre

Fort Smith

Like Ballet Arkansas, the Western Arkansas Ballet school will also present its 30th Annual Nutcracker this year. They perform at the Fort Smith Convention Center with several closed school performances followed by two performances open to the public December 12 at 7:30 pm and December 13 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $25 each, buy them here.

9 Western Arkansas Ballet Nutcracker Full Cast

10 Western Arkansas Ballet Nutcracker Snowflakes

Photo Credit: Kim Singer


Arkansas Festival Ballet with the Conway Symphony Orchestra perform The Nutcracker December 5 at 7:30 pm at the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. Tickets are between $6 and $48 and you can get them through the Conway Symphony Orchestra, here, or the Reynolds Box Office (call 501-450-3265 Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm).

Banner Photo Credit: Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre

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Adria English is a professional writer and a casual artist with a penchant for doodling. She currently resides in Mountain Home, Arkansas with her husband, Garrett, their daughter, Nenive, and two black cats. By foot, drone, car and kayak, Adria enjoys exploring and experiencing the Natural State.

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