Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker Returns This Holiday Season with Brand New Sets and Costumes Nov. 27-Dec. 24 Performances Presented By PNC Bank

November 9, 2021

DENVER -- Nov. 4, 2021 – Colorado Ballet’s beloved production of The Nutcracker will be performed live for the first time in two years with a return to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House this holiday season. Colorado Ballet’s special 60 years +1 presentation of The Nutcracker is presented by PNC Bank and will include 26 in-person performances that run from Nov. 27 through Dec. 24 with live music featuring the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

The performances will debut new sets and costumes created especially for Colorado Ballet by renowned designers Thomas Boyd and Holly Hynes. From embroidered floral details to delicate snowballs of frosty tulle, to hand-painted embellishments and impressive armatures, the stunning artistry of Colorado Ballet’s new sets and costumes is not to be missed.

“After 16 wonderful years of performing in sets and costumes originally fabricated in 1986, Colorado Ballet is thrilled to premiere its very own production this year,” said Gil Boggs, artistic director. “We are incredibly thankful to our brilliant designers Thomas Boyd and Holly Hynes, and our many fantastic scenic and costume makers from around the country, for bringing this spectacular production to life. We look forward to sharing our new Nutcracker with audiences in-person at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House this holiday season.”

A sellout every year, this magical tale of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King will feature the same choreography that delights audiences each season.

This year’s performances of The Nutcracker will feature five different casts featuring the talented Artists of Colorado Ballet.


Sat. Nov. 27 – 1 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 27 – 6:30 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 28 – 1 p.m. Sun. Nov. 28 – 6:30 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 4 – 1 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 5 – 1 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Thu. Dec. 9 – 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Dec. 10 – 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 11 – 1 p.m.*

Sat. Dec. 11 – 6:30 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 12 – 1 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 12 – 6:30 p.m.

Thu. Dec. 16 – 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Dec. 17 – 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 18 – 1 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 18 – 6:30 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 19 – 1 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 19 – 6:30 p.m.

Tue. Dec. 21 – 1 p.m.

Tue. Dec. 21 – 6:30 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 22 – 1 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 22 – 6:30 p.m.

Thu. Dec. 23 – 1 p.m.

Thu. Dec. 23 – 6:30 p.m.

Fri. Dec. 24 – 1 p.m.

(*) Audio Described Performance


Tickets range from $40 to $175. Visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG or call Patron Services at 303-837-8888 ext. 2 to purchase tickets.

To continue to reduce the number of ticket resellers, please purchase directly through Colorado Ballet via the website or phone number listed above. Tickets purchased through resellers may not be valid.

Performance Attendance Policy To protect audiences and the community from illness and to slow transmission of COVID-19, Colorado Ballet has joined the resident companies of the Denver Performing Arts Complex in implementing a COVID-19 performance attendance policy that went into effect on Oct. 1 for all performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. For more information and to read the full details of the policy, please visit our website.


Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker is presented by PNC Bank. Colorado Ballet receives support from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Colorado Ballet Presents The Nutcracker Nov. 27 – Dec. 24, 2021 | Ellie Caulkins Opera House Tickets start at $40 at COLORADOBALLET.ORG

The beloved holiday favorite returns in a dazzling production like no one's ever seen, featuring all new sets and costumes created especially for Colorado Ballet. A sellout every year, this magical tale of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is going to be dreamier than ever.


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Presenting exceptional classical ballet and innovative contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement, Colorado Ballet continues to inspire and grow an increasingly diverse audience base in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 61 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company serving over 100,000 national and international patrons, Colorado Ballet presents 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 32 professional dancers and 20 studio company dancers come from all over the world. Colorado Ballet’s The Armstrong Center for Dance, a 35,000 square foot building, boasts eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet performs classical ballet masterpieces, full-length story ballets and its critically acclaimed repertory production Ballet MasterWorks, featuring varied works from neoclassical ballets to world premieres. The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy serves over 1,200 students from toddlers to seniors each year. Colorado Ballet’s Education & Community Engagement offers programs to students and community members, making over 25,000 contacts and reaching over 200 schools and organizations annually. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses including youth, families, teachers, and people with and without disabilities. For more information, please visit Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter