The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

Stories are still somewhat of a tradition in popular culture, and we grow up seeing many of them again and again over the years. Though passing stories from one generation to another is not really a custom any longer, revisiting our favorite holiday fairy-tales has become an important part of Christmas. Seeing the same movies this time of year on the television, or hearing the same stories at bedtime as we dream of gifts under the tree, is a special part of the season.  It’s not Christmas until we see Rudolph struggling to become the bravest reindeer of all, or witness the amazing transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from a bitter old man to a warm and giving person. Or, in this case, getting lost in the story of the Nutcracker.

It’s one of the classic holiday tales we all know and love (or that most of us know and love). The Christmas tree that grows to incredible heights. The dancing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Marie (or Clara, depending on which version you see) stumbling into the living room and seeing her beloved new toy, the Nutcracker, come to life. And of course, the evil Rat King and his army of mice battling the gingerbread man soldiers. The Brown-Forman Nutcracker is back again this year at the Kentucky Center, and if you haven’t seen it on a field trip (either as a kid, or with your kid), you’ve been missing out on an important aspect of Christmas in Louisville.

The Louisville Ballet puts on a show like no other in this dazzling display of music and skill. The dances you will behold are intricate and absolutely breathtaking, full of bright colors and beautiful costumes. And of course, the long adored musical compositions of Tchaikovsky. Travel with Marie, the little heroine one the story, to the magical Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy waits to put on a marvelous ballet for everyone to enjoy. If you’d like to hang out a little bit more with the children’s cast of the Sugar Plum Fairy dance, you can attend the Sugar Plum Party on December 16th. There will be sandwiches and sweets, pictures with the cast, and a special reading of The Nutcracker!

You can purchase tickets on the website (provided below) as well as tickets for the Sugar Plum Party, too. The Kentucky Center has made this show a must-see for everyone in Louisville, and it won’t truly be Christmas until you gaze upon the magic of this one-of-a-kind ballet. Hurry and grab your tickets now, as the Brown-Forman Nutcracker is one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year. Once you see it, a trip to the Kentucky Center every Christmas will become another tradition for the holidays!

Where: The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

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