Below is a sampling of regional performances:
The Rock School for Dance Education presents “Nutcracker 1776” at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia. Tickets are $43, $33 and $23. For ticket information, check kimmelcenter.org or call (215) 893-1999. Additional performances will be held at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at Centennial Hall at The Haverford School. Ticket prices for the Centennial Hall performances are $25 and $15. Call (610) 431-4321. Check www.therockschool.org/performances/nutcracker
Fifty local children from the International Ballet Exchange will join 18 professional dancers from the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine to perform “The Nutcracker” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at Plymouth/Whitemarsh High School, 201 E. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Township. Tickets are $28, $18 for students and seniors. Visit http://ibexchange.ticketleap.com or call (215) 849-7950.
Wayne Ballet Theater presents “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 and at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14 at Upper Merion Area Middle School, 450 Keebler Road, King of Prussia. Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for students and seniors. For tickets, call (610) 688-3904, email firstname.lastname@example.org or at the door.
The Pennsylvania Ballet presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” running Dec. 6-31 at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. For tickets and performance times, visit www.paballet.org.
Repertory Dance Theatre and Allentown Symphony Orchestra present “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Check on ticket availability at (610) 432-6715 or www.millersymphonyhall.org.
The Conservatory of Music and Dance presents “The Nutcracker” at 3 p.m. Dec. 20 and 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy, 1345 Sumneytown Pike, Lower Gwynedd. Tickets are $24. Check www.paperformingarts.com.
Brandywine Ballet presents “The Nutcraker” Dec. 12-21 at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S. High St., West Chester. Tickets are $25-$42. Call (610) 696-2711 or visit www.brandywineballet.org.
The Pennsylvania Ballet’s second-annual Nutcracker Market takes place at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Dec. 10, through 14. The Market is free and open to the public. Some 70 juried regional and national artists and artisans will be on hand selling their wares. Exhibitor merchandise will include toys, handcrafted jewelry, games, ornaments, photography, artisan-crafted clothing, functional art, calligraphy, ceramics, fine art, and ballet-inspired wares. The Nutcracker Market’s World Stage will feature free live performances celebrating culture from near and far with a local Baptist choir, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, tap dancers, Irish dancers, Indian dancers, a Cambodian dance troupe, Polish folk dance, and Argentine tango. In addition, free daily family-oriented activities and entertainment are planned. Themed nights are planned as well as a special ticketed preview party. The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Market benefits the Pennsylvania Ballet and The School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and is produced in partnership with the Kimmel Center. For a detailed schedule and more information, check www.paballet.org/nutmarket.
— Compiled by 21st Century Media staff