Vote NOW for the Nutcracker
Season Cocktail Contest!
In Grand Rapids, it's not the holiday without The Nutcracker. Grand Rapids Ballet has been presenting lavish productions of this beloved classic for more than 40 years, entertaining generations of local residents and holiday visitors.
This year's version of the annual tradition is even more special - because three world-class talents are bringing their creative vision to the project. Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Polar Express and other beautifully told tales, is teaming with Tony and Emmy award-winning designer Eugene Lee to create new sets and production design. Distinguished choreographer Val Caniparoli, who has worked with more than 35 ballet, opera and theaters across the world, will bring the characters to life through dance.
The result is a dazzling new interpretation of this cherished holiday show, one sure to thrill both Nutcracker veterans and first-timers. This event is so momentous that the city is proclaiming December "Nutcracker Season" - and local businesses are collaborating to make it even more enjoyable for you!
Get Your Tickets Now
Don't risk a sell out - get your tickets now for the World Premiere Production of The Nutcracker, December 12-14 and 19-21. Limited tickets are also available for The Nutcracker Premiere Gala on December 11, which includes cocktails, dinner and the world premiere performance of the ballet, followed by a star-studded afterglow reception.
Book a Hotel
Select hotels are offering a Nutcracker Season package that includes an official Nutcracker doll. Book your room(s) today.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Celebrate Nutcracker Season with a special "Land of Sweets" dessert inspired by the ballet's journey to the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Available throughout the month of December, these participating restaurants have created special desserts to celebrate the season.
Vote for Your Favorite Drink
From December 12-21, select restaurants and bars are competing in a "Land of Sweets" Nutcracker Cocktail Contest. Sample their happy-holiday concoctions and come back to vote for your favorite!
Lift a Merry Beer Mug
Select breweries along the Beer City Ale Trail are offering holiday-themed beers infused with seasonal flavors. It's a delicious way to ward off the winter chill.
Find More Seasonal Delights
Check our Events page for lots of other ways to celebrate the season in Grand Rapids!