nutcracker tickets in Johnson City, TN

Experience NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet

2024 Season

Give the gift of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! to the whole family. Celebrate America’s favorite Christmas tradition with an international all-star cast that blends world-class ballet with whimsical puppets, lavish costumes, and stunning acrobatics! Share the tradition of pure Holiday magic and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score with friends and family of all ages. Don’t miss this chance to create memories of a lifetime: get tickets now!

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The Theater

ETSU Martin Center for the Arts in Johnson City

Welcome to the home of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in Johnson City: ETSU Martin Center for the Arts!

“The Martin Center for the Arts began as a dream in the 1980s and 1990s in the Johnson City area. In 2013, the state of Tennessee and Board of Regents approved ETSU’s request for a partnership with the City of Johnson City to build a more than $53 million facility that would include performance and instructional spaces for students, faculty and community.

Fundraising began in 2013 as the ETSU Arts Initiative, propelled by a $3 million gift from Jim Martin and a $1 million pledge from his and Mary’s daughter, Sonia S. King. Ground was broken on the James C. and Mary B. Martin Center for the Arts in September 2017, between The James and Nellie Brinkley Center (formerly ETSU Millennium Center) and Bank of Tennessee on State of Franklin Road, across from the university.

Inside the center, patrons, students and artists will find three performance venues – the 1,200-seat ETSU Foundation Grand Hall, the 200-plus-seat Powell Recital Hall and a flexible staging/seating black box performing space, the Bert C. Bach Theatre.

Facing the southern exposure and ETSU’s main campus is the 3,000-square-foot Tindall Lobby, featuring box office, monitors offering live feeds from the venues and a view of the Sonia S. King Plaza that frames the front and eastern side of the facility.”


Martin Center

“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