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With a melody as synonymous with Christmas as gifts under the tree, it just wouldn’t be the holidays without George Balanchine’s classic “The Nutcracker.”

The two-act ballet, performed by countless companies, tells the story of young Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, who comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. While it is famously shown at Lincoln Center there are plenty of places on the East End (and two slightly up-Island) to check it out.

Danse Arts @ Southampton High School

141 Narrow Lane, Southampton

(631) 537-1684

Danse Arts’ does The Nutcracker at Southampton High School starting Dec. 6 and ending Dec. 8. This holiday favorite is dedicated to Kevin J. Cancellieri and a portion of the proceeds will go to a dance scholarship in his name. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for children 2 and under.


The Eglevsky Ballet Company @ Peconic Landing Community Center

1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport

(631) 477-3800 x.1500

The Eglevsky Ballet Company and distinguished choreographer Laszlo Berdo will present a live adaptation of the popular holiday show to benefit Eastern Long Island Hospital on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $40. Limited seating is available.


Hampton Ballet Theatre School @ Guild Hall

158 Main St, East Hampton

(631) 324-0806

This fifth annual production of The Nutcracker will take place at Guild Hall Dec. 13 – 15. This enchanting production will delight those of all ages as the students of HBTS transport their guests into the classic and traditional holiday story.


Ovations Dance Repertory Company @ The Patchogue Theatre

71 East Main Street, Patchogue

(631) 207-1313

Ring in the holidays with the beloved production of “The Nutcracker Suite.” This production is the only full length Nutcracker in Suffolk County with a live 25-piece orchestra. The talented dancers will be joined by the Atlantic Wind Symphony, which is sure to make it a spectacular show. Shows are on Dec. 7 and 8 and tickets range from $14-$28.


Peconic Ballet Theatre @ WHBPAC

76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach

(631) 288-2350

The Peconic Ballet Theatre offers its production of The Nutcracker “Sweet.” This production is a culmination of a 12-week program at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Performance dates are Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.


Seiskaya Ballet @ The Staller Center

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

(631) 632-6000

The Staller Center at Stony Brook University hosts its returning production, The Nutcracker, crafted by famous artists and dancers from all over the world. The performance has multiple show dates from Dec. 20 – 23. Tickets are $40 for adults, $34 for seniors and children, $30 per person for groups of 20 or more.


Studio 3 Presents “Mixed Nuts” Dance Show @ Bay Street Theatre

Corner of Bay and Main Streets, Sag Harbor

(631) 537-0008

“Mixed Nuts” is a classic holiday Nutcracker with a twist! This show features a variety of musical styles. Performances are Dec. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students.