The Nutcracker – a beloved ballet this holiday season at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center

The holidays are here, and my new city, Pittsburgh, sure knows how to celebrate. The city is filled with grand Christmas lights and fun experiences like the Market Square holiday market inspired by German Christkindlmarkts (including an ice skating rink!), holiday pop-up bars, Christmas exhibits around the city and more.


To add to the fun, Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center presents The Nutcracker ballet now through December 29. See the classic story performed by members of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Credit: Rich Sofranko

The show features two acts filled with beautiful scenery and costumes, dazzling dances set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and even snowflakes! The cast does a phenomenal job with the challenging choreography; they made it look easy. Several “Easter eggs” are found throughout the performance that tie back to the city of Pittsburgh. Such elements included the Kaufmann Clock inspired by the former Kaufmann’s Department Store, a rendering of the F.W. McKee mansion on Fifth Ave., views from Mt. Washington’s Grandview Avenue and more.

Don’t miss this stunning performance during the holidays! Get your tickets here.





(Disclaimer: I was provided with media tickets, and all opinions are my own.)