Decatur, IL

Experience NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet

2023 Season

The beloved family tradition is back: NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! Gather your loved ones for the warm-glow-nostalgia of America’s favorite Christmas celebration. Experience the extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian Principal Artists performing at the peak of classical European Ballet. Be transported by the magic of jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger than life puppets and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes. Don’t miss this chance to experience the wonder of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet. Get tickets now!

 Live Orchestras

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The Theater

Kirkland Fine Arts Center at Millikin University in Decatur

Welcome to the home of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in Decatur: Kirkland Fine Arts Center, which seats 1,903 people and serves as a cultural storefront for Millikin’s College of Fine Arts. The auditorium is built with no obstructions within the house so that every seat in the auditorium has excellent visibility of the stage. From the audience, you can view the pipes of the Austin Organ located in the house right loge and three other pianos are available with-in Kirkland Fine Arts Center including two Steinway Grands and a Baldwin Grand. The Center is committed to supporting artistic endeavors, opening minds, inspiring hearts, and providing rich community experiences. The performances presented by the Kirkland Fine Arts Center explore conception, performance, social consciousness, and thought-provoking art-forms.

For driving directions and parking information, please visit https://millikin.edu/kirkland/about-center/visitor-information.

“What a magnificent show! We’ve attended several different performances of the nutcracker in the past. This show puts all of them to shame! We plan on making this a regular holiday event for our family! Thank you for such a great holiday experience!!”

“Loved the nutcracker production. Costumes were beautiful and dancers as usual did not disappoint. Great family holiday experience”

“Commitment to the theme of Love and Peace”
CNN News

“Technically supreme dancing, dazzling... authentically opulent...”
Calgary Herald

“Technical prowess was…truly “great”...whimsical sets and giant animal stick puppets and colorful costumes… stellar Arabian Variation… breathtaking!”
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2014

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