December 14-22 | The Kentucky Center
Choreography by Val Caniparoli

Music by Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky
Scenic + Costume Design by Peter Cazalet

Enjoy the tradition of this whimsical holiday treat to the Land of Sweets where Marie is welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends. Filled with magic, artistry, and awe-inspiring sets and costumes, it will transport you to a wonderland where dreams really do come true.

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker runs a limited engagement of nine performances this season – get your tickets before the rats snatch them up!


Enjoy this exclusive package for the ultimate holiday experience. Treat yourself with seats in the premium Snow Zone, and enjoy seeing the show immersed in a snowy winter wonderland. Sweet Seats also offer the only opportunity for a private backstage tour this season for an exclusive look into the magic of this production. As a special gift, a signed Étoile program and signed pointe shoes will be provided to cap off this truly VIP experience.


December 21 + 22, 2019 | Todd Hall, The Kentucky Center

The Sugar Plum Fairy invites you to have a magical afternoon of holiday fun and festivities at a pre-show Sugar Plum Party! Enjoy snacks and sweet treats, create unique art projects, meet the Children’s Cast and enjoy live entertainment before The Brown-Forman Nutcracker on December 21 and 22 at The Kentucky Center! Tickets are $27 per child ($38 for adults).

Admission to The Brown-Forman Nutcracker requires additional ticket purchase. Patrons with dietary restrictions or food allergies, please contact our Box Office at (502) 58-DANCE.


December 15, 2019 | Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

Experience this magical holiday tradition in a specially designed atmosphere that is comfortable, inclusive and safe for individuals who have sensory sensitivities.

In collaboration with several community partners, Louisville Ballet has made appropriate accommodations to the performance and theatre-going experience to make individuals with special needs feel welcome. This general admission performance includes a relaxed environment in the theatre with dim lighting, space to move as needed, and the ability to speak and use electronic devices, as well as altered production elements to remove jarring experiences. Patrons are encouraged to express their excitement as they wish during the performance.

For Sensory Friendly performance resources, please click HERE.


One gesture, endless memories.

Be the holiday hero with gift certificates you can use year-round on performances and special events!


Join Lolli + Pops and Louisville Ballet for a wonderful afternoon at The Land of Sweets on Saturday, December 7 at Lolli + Pops Oxmoor Center and Sunday, December 8 at Lolli + Pops Mall St. Matthews. Meet the Children’s Cast and load up on the Sugar Plum Fairy’s favorite sweet treats!


Look out for the Nutcracker Gift Shop, returning again this year in The North Lobby! Find exclusive The Brown-Forman Nutcracker merchandise, as well as exciting holiday gifts and a variety of Nutcrackers to call your own! The Nutcracker Gift Shop will be open during the entire run of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. 



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Ask about our discounts for military, teachers, social workers, arts card holders, and our young adult program.

Performance run time is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes.

Access Services: Accessible seating, Assistive Listening System, Audio Description (12/21 @ 1:30PM), Sensory Friendly Performance (12/15 @ 11:30AM) | 502-583-2623 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY)