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NYC Nutcrackers: where to get your 'Nutcracker' fix this season

'The Nutcracker' has been a holiday classic since George Balanchine's ballet was staged to Tchaikovsky's composition in the 1960s.

Since then, New Yorkers have adopted new forms of dance, classical and modern, new settings, casts and costumes to make 'The Nutcracker' their own.

Check out some of the city's most unique performances of the cherished ballet.

George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' by the New York City Ballet

The most classic of New York's 'Nutcracker' productions,
Photo Credit: New York City Ballet / Paul Kolnik

The most classic of New York's 'Nutcracker' productions, ballet aficionados flock to wintery Lincoln Center every year for George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' performed by the New York City Ballet.

When: Nov. 27 - Jan. 3

Where: David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center

Tickets: $35 - $260

'The Colonial Nutcracker' at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

'The Colonial Nutcracker' returns to Brooklyn every
Photo Credit: Margarita Corporan

'The Colonial Nutcracker' returns to Brooklyn every year, presented by the Dance Theatre in Westchester. Set in colonial Yorktown, this production puts a unique spin on the classic.

When: Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.

Where: Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, Campus Rd., Brooklyn

Tickets: $18

'The Nutcracker NYC' at Ailey Citigroup Theater

Back for its sixth season, 'The Nutcracker
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes / The Nutcracker NYC

Back for its sixth season, 'The Nutcracker NYC' will take the stage with contemporary choreography. Featuring local professional dancers and dance students, the non-company nature of the production offers a unique and impressive performance

When: Dec. 12 - 13

Where: Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W. 55th St.

Tickets: $22 - 45

'The Hip Hop Nutcracker' at the United Palace of Cultural Arts

'The Hip Hop Nutcracker' takes Tchaikovsky's music, adds

'The Hip Hop Nutcracker' takes Tchaikovsky's music, adds an electric violin, DJ and MC and choreographs a piece using hop hop instead of classical ballet. Set in contemporary Washington Heights, this is a relevant and fun way to enjoy the 100+ year old piece.

When: Nov. 20 - 21, 7 p.m.

Where: United Palace of Cultural Arts, 4140 Broadway

Tickets: $10 - $100

Peridance's 'Winter Journey' at Salvatore Capezio Theater

Peridance's pre-professional contemporary dance students will debut
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Peridance's pre-professional contemporary dance students will debut 'Winter Journey', a new interpretation of Clara's story from 'The Nutcracker' using Tchaikovsky's original composition along with electronic and contemporary music.

When: Dec. 11 - 13

Where: Salvatore Capezio Theater, 126 E. 13th St.

Tickets: $15 - 30

Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker'

Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker' is one
Photo Credit: Nutcracker.moscowballet via Facebook

Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker' is one of the most celebrated performances of all. On tour throughout the U.S., be sure to check out this performance full of fanfare and celebration in New York. If you're not into dance, see it for the costumes!

When: Dec. 5, 3 p.m.

Where: Kings Theatre,1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn

Tickets: $30 - $124

Dances Patrelle's 'The Yorkville Nutcracker'

'The Yorkville Nutcracker' takes place in old
Photo Credit: Yorkville Nutracker

'The Yorkville Nutcracker' takes place in old New York City and has become a family classic over the years. Enjoy this 20th anniversary performance with special guests from the New York City Ballet.

When: Dec. 10 - 13

Where: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave.

Tickets: $45 - 85

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