No, it isn’t part of the Christmas story in the Gospels, but “The Nutcracker” is certainly part of the Christmas story in Des Moines. Ballet Des Moines’ 18th annual production dances across the Hoyt Sherman stage Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13-15. Evening shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; early matinees are at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; a final performance begins at 5 p.m. Sunday.
It’s a whimsical, magical holiday tradition beloved by generations. Join Clara, her magical prince, and toys that come to life as a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure—and captures the excited anticipation of Christmas Eve. Tickets are $28-$73 at the Hoyt Sherman Place box office or online through Ticketmaster.