The Nutcracker

Presented by: American Academy of Ballet

December 4, 2021
1 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Mainstage Theatre


ballet dancers on stage.
Updated Health and Safety Requirements

The University at Buffalo will require proof that all patrons, visitors and guests are vaccinated against COVID-19 to be allowed into events at the Center for the Arts. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

Patrons attending the The Nutcracker performances on December 4th, 2021, will need to be fully vaccinated to attend. A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well.

Masks also will be required for all. For children under 12 who are not vaccinated, they still will be admitted, but must be masked at all times at all UB venues. For more information visit the UB health and safety guidelines

The magic of the holiday season begins with the Nutcracker. Come celebrate a very special performance of the holiday classic with the American Academy Nutcracker. This production has become a Western New York favorite, previously selling out performances at UB Center for the Arts. Headed into our 25th year, it is Buffalo's longest-running production of "The Nutcracker."

The charm of this production is its child-friendly approach. Choreographed to delight children of all ages, there are surprises tucked into every scene. This production has scene after scene of color and magic. In China, a giant dragon takes center stage. At the North Pole, Santa's elves are busy putting finishing touches on holiday toys. The Snow Scene takes place in Central Park with an actual skating park and falling snow. A highlight of the Academy's Nutcracker is a visit that Clara and her Prince take to exciting lands each year. They travel around the world to exciting and enchanted lands.