» REVIEW: Nashville’s Nutcracker 2016


Nashville Ballet combined with the Nashville Symphony celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with the ninth season of Nashville’s Nutcracker. This incredible performance has become a family tradition for us, however this year “family” meant some of our closest friends sans boys. With three families represented, we all had our own reasons we needed to be there. What a great way to get swept up into the Christmas spirit. Most of the girls had attended this show at least once before but they still absolutely loved it. Every year they notice something they didn’t catch the year before.

We loaded up the van, grabbed a quick lunch, and headed to TPAC’s Jackson Hall. The matinee show is great for young kids as the show sits nicely between lunch and dinner so you won’t have to worry about overtired or hungry kids. Before the show and during intermissions, there are nice photo opportunities that you can take with different performers.

The show this year did not disappoint. The girls emphatically let us know that this year’s was the best yet! I did notice that there seemed to be a lot more diversity among the performers. I learned afterward through some other reviews that this year boasts the biggest youth representation ever — 251 local kids!

Nashville’s Nutcracker is a great way to kick off the Christmas season and build an appreciation for the arts. The Nashville Ballet doesn’t cut any corners and puts on a high-quality production in all aspects. Add lunch and dinner downtown and you you will build life-long memories with your loved ones. I especially love the memories made in the weeks following the show as Charlotte leads her siblings in different re-enactments of the ballet.

Below is the remaining 2016 schedule:

December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 11 at 2 p.m.
December 16 at 7 p.m.
December 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 21 at 2 p.m.
December 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 23 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, December 23 at 2 p.m.


About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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