The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual production of the Nutcracker is a celebrated and time-honored holiday tradition. Now in its 29th year,the musical and visual feast is based on the 1816 children's book by E.T.A. Hoffman, which tells the story of Clara, who, through dreams and imagination, journeys into young adulthood. This whimsical coming-of-age tale is brought to life through incredible sets, a 27-foot Mouse King puppet, breathtaking costumes, and the graceful moves of PNB’s most talented dancers—not to mention the sweeping and grand music from Tchaikovsky. The bold and imaginative sets are the work of Maurice Sendak (of "Where the Wild Things Are" fame), who added his distinct drama to the design of this timeless classic, and there is even a snowfall in each performance that is truly magical. One thing is for sure—whether it's the fluid movements of the Sugar Plum Fairies, the magic of the grandfather clock growing in the night, or the beauty of the live orchestra; the dazzling details of this original PNB production makes it a holiday treat for fans of any age.
Tickets $26-$123. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., 206.441.2424, pnb.org.