Nutcracker Events

Join The Florida Ballet and share the magic of the holidays with those you love!

In December, The Florida Ballet's annual presentation of "The Nutcracker" will be sure to thrill audiences of all ages. Whether you're seeing it again, or for the first time, this holiday classic will capture your imagination and transport you to a magical world of swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and dancing bonbons. From the captivating dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the iconic snow scene, this enchanting ballet - set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky - continues to be a tradition with family and friends.

This year's unforgettable performance will feature Boston Ballet Principals, Lia Cirio and Paul Craig.

Add an extra dose of holiday excitement by attending one of our Nutcracker related events! Our Nutcracker Brunch and Class with Clara provide a unique gift or outing to celebrate the season. Join us and create a memory making tradition for generations of families and friends.


Full-Length Nutcracker Performances

Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center

Friday, December 20 - 7:30pm

Saturday, December 21 - 2:00 and 7:30pm 

Sunday, December 22 - 2:00pm



Nutcracker in a Nutshell

Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center

"Nutcracker in a Nutshell" is a sweet abbreviated performance designed to introduce children to ballet as a performance art. This 45-minute performance will feature select excerpts from the full-length production providing a fun-filled opportunity for families with young ones.

Thursday, December 19 - 11:00am

Friday, December 20 - 4:00pm



Class with Clara 

Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center

Your child can experience the magic of "The Nutcracker" by taking a ballet class onstage with Clara and her friends! Perfect for ages 5-10, children will be introduced to movement and basic ballet terminology. After the 30-minute class, participants will have a short photo and autograph session with The Florida Ballet dancers.

Thursday, December 19 - 12:00pm

"Class with Clara" is held onstage immediately following the Thursday, December 19, 11am "Nutcracker in a Nutshell" performance. Class size is limited.

Children's tickets are $30.00 and family members are invited to enjoy the event for free from the audience.

Click below to reserve online or call The Florida Ballet, 904-353-7518.


The Nutcracker Brunch

Date: Sunday, December 22nd 

Time: 12:00-1:30

Location: The Talon Room - Osprey Commons (Building 16), UNF

Delight in the magic of the season by attending The Florida Ballet's Nutcracker Brunch in UNF's Talon room located on the fourth floor of Osprey Commons (Building 16).

Attendees will enjoy a scrumptious holiday brunch overlooking UNF's scenic Candy Cane Lake with special visits from Clara and friends. Guests will be transported into the Land of the Sweets as they mix and mingle with Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy, and other dancers from The Nutcracker cast. Children in attendance will each receive an extra dose of magic with a special gift from Clara herself.

The delicious menu of brunch items includes scrambled eggs, French toast, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sliced fruit, assorted pastries, coffee, tea, and orange juice. Mimosas will also be available for purchase.


Adult Reservations: $35 per person 

Children (12 and under): $30 per person 

*Purchase Nutcracker Brunch in conjunction with 

The Nutcracker and get 50% OFF your performance tickets!