The Nutcracker

Experience the Magic of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®


George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® will have your heart bursting with cheer! The brilliant dancers of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet bring Balanchine’s winter classic to life with larger-than-life sets and dazzling costumes set to the magical music of Tchaikovsky. As the clock strikes twelve, you’ll happen upon a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice as a blizzard of ballerinas reveal a wonderful world of confection.

Maestro Stuart Malina returns to lead the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra live performances at the opulent Hershey Theatre in Hershey, Pa.

Whether a holiday tradition or a first-time discovery, ‘The Nutcracker’ is an annual gift every family will want to be part of!

Performance Length (without intermission): Act I - 49 min. — Act II - 41 min.

Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

At Whitaker Center: December 14 & 15      BUY TICKETS 

Saturday, December 14, 2019: 1 & 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2019: 2 p.m.

Whitaker Center for Science and Arts, Harrisburg, PA
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To purchase tickets, purchase online, over the phone at 717.601.2981, or by visiting the Whitaker Center box office. 

Plan to arrive early to leave time for traffic and parking.  Parking validation is not available at the Whitaker Center. 

Hershey Theatre: December 21 & 22  BUY TICKETS

Tony-award winning conductor Stuart Malina returns to lead the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra live performances of Tchaikovsky’s richly textured and familiar score at the Hershey Theatre performances.  

Saturday, December 21, 2019: 1 & 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 22, 2019: 2 p.m.

Hershey Theatre, Hershey, Pa.

To purchase tickets, please visit: or visit the box office at Hershey Theatre. Ticketmaster is the only authorized site to sell tickets to CPYB's production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Tickets to Hershey Theatre are no longer being sold over the phone. 

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts has implemented the use of hand-held metal detection wands for all guests and recommend that guests arrive at least 45-60 minutes prior to the scheduled event time. Guests are encouraged to leave bags and non-essential items secured in their vehicles.