Due to dangerous, inclement weather conditions caused by Winter Storm Elliot, Governor Andy Beshear has issued a state of emergency for Kentucky starting today, Thursday, December 22, 2022. Because of these conditions, all remaining performances of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker have been canceled: Thursday, December 22 @ 7:30pm; Friday, December 23 @ 1:30pm; Friday, December 23 @ 7:30pm.

All current ticket holders for these performances should have received an email from the Louisville Ballet box office with more details.

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. The safety of our patrons, the Kentucky Performing Arts staff and volunteers, the Louisville Orchestra, and the entire Louisville Ballet team is very important to us. While we are disappointed to not have the opportunity to gather in the theater for the final performances of our beloved holiday tradition, we know that this is the right decision at this time.

We wish everyone a safe and warm holiday season and look forward to performing for you in the New Year.

Experience live-performance magic of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker this season – we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Join us again, or for the very first time, as we make holiday memories with our community favorite, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Experience beautiful performances by the artists of Louisville Ballet, featuring live music performed by The Louisville Orchestra , conducted by Louisville Ballet Music Director, Tara Simoncic, and the sweet addition of our children’s cast dancers from throughout our community. Our snow zone “Sweet Seats” have returned, and our lobby will be full of festive cheer as we feature pre-show performances by community arts partners. Be sure to check out Nutcracker Gift Shop items, including nutcrackers, ornaments, t-shirts, tote bags, and more! And our Sugar Plum Parties have returned for pre-show fun on December 17 and 18 at 11:30am before our matinee performance.

Looking for a sensory-friendly performance? We are proud to offer this experience on Sunday, December 11 at 11:00am. Click here to find out more about what to expect from our sensory-friendly performance of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

You can purchase your tickets to The Brown-Forman Nutcracker online here, or call our Box Office at (502) 583-2623, M-F between 10am – 6pm.

Attending a performance with friends and family or planning a fun work holiday outing? We offer groups of 10 or more discounts of up to 20% off, waived fees, and more! Find out more here or contact our Elizabeth Matthews at ematthews@louisvilleballet.org or call (502) 583-2623.

Want to have Louisville Ballet The Brown-Forman Nutcracker experience before you join us for the production? Register your little one for one of our Nutcracker Workshops for sweet holiday-themed dance and craft fun.  You can also join us for a FREE Louisville Ballet Nutcracker Family Story Time – a partnership with our friends at the Louisville Free Public Library. Find out more details, including all six library locations, dates, and times here.

We can’t WAIT to celebrate this Louisville Ballet holiday tradition with you!


December 9-23, 2022 | Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center | Choreography by Val Caniparoli | Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky performed live by the Louisville Orchestra

This Louisville Ballet holiday classic returns to delight audiences of all ages. Join Marie and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Filled with magic, artistry, awe-inspiring sets, and costumes, “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” brings the joy of the holiday season to life. Featuring choreography by Val Caniparoli with live music performed by The Louisville Orchestra.

BUY TICKETS HERE | CALL (502) 583-2623 


December 17 + 18, 2022 at 11:30am
TICKETS: $35 per person*

The Kentucky Center | Todd Hall

Before a matinee performance of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker, join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends in the Land of Sweets for snacks, photo opportunities with Nutcracker cast members, fun activities, art projects, and a special Nutcracker Storytime. Sweet holiday magic awaits for the whole family!

*PLEASE NOTE: Tickets to attend The Brown-Forman Nutcracker must be purchased separately. Tickets subject to handling fees. 


Join Louisville Ballet for a special Nutcracker Workshop this holiday season at The Louisville Ballet School’s St. Matthews Studios! Our Nutcracker Workshops are a special treat for ages 3-7. Dancers will enjoy a Nutcracker-inspired dance class, a themed craft, and learn choreography inspired by our own holiday classic, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker!

Register for a Dancing Snowflakes Workshop on December 5 (ages 3-4 years) or a Sugar Plum Fairy + Cavalier Workshop on December 7 (ages 5-7 years).


Excerpt courtesy of WDRB