The Children’s Nutcracker and More Offer a Magical Holiday

Thursday 18th, November 2021 / 11:12 Written by
The Children’s Nutcracker and More Offer a Magical Holiday

The Children’s Nutcracker, Photos with Santa, Magical Makeovers, Holiday Market and More Bring Holiday Magic to Families!

The Children’s Nutcracker presented by the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio will be especially magical this year with surprise, interactive elements and a holiday market complete with complimentary, contactless photos with Santa and cast, magical makeovers, sweets and treats, shopping and more. It’s all of the magic of the holidays wrapped up into one enchanting experience.


The Children's Nutcracker

From Snow Queens and Sugarplum Fairies to dashing princes and dancing mice, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has been a part of family holiday traditions for decades. The enchanting tale of Clara’s beloved doll coming to life has inspired many a young dancer to take the stage and has fostered a love of the arts in not only the young, but also the young at heart.

This year, the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio will take the magic to whole new level, combining this timeless classic with immersive and interactive elements, wrapping several cherished holiday traditions into one entertaining and exciting event.  From a holiday market to photos with Santa and the Nutcracker cast, magical makeovers, and plenty of sweets and treats it’s an unforgettable experience straight out of a sugarplum dream. And with a condensed 1.5 hour performance, even the tiniest attendees will be captivated.

The Children's Nutcracker

The fun starts from the moment guests enter the theatre and find themselves in a holiday market where they can browse the extensive selection of dress-up items, including tutus and Sugarplum Fairy wands, Mouse King swords, as well as home décor including ornaments and, of course, nutcrackers. Hair and makeup stylists will be on site to offer magical makeovers transforming little ones into regal royals for a glittering good time.

The Children's Nutcracker

Key cast members from princes to queens, and fairies, along with Santa himself, will be on hand for contactless photos on a first come first served basis. And, because no holiday is complete without treats, there will be plenty of holiday fare including cocoa, holiday cookies and other seasonal favorites along with hot dogs, mini-burgers, and popcorn.

The Children's Nutcracker


Award-winning dancers and a talented array of young performers share the stage for this production filled with dazzling costumes, multimedia integrated scenery, and even an interactive surprise or two for the audience members. Featuring performers ranging from internationally acclaimed classical dancers to gifted special needs artists ages 3-19, the production showcases a variety of disciplines and talents.

The Children's Nutcracker

Led by founder and former Prima Ballerina and six-time Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding Teacher Award winner Vanessa Bessler, CBSA has created a gateway for young artists interested in pursuing a professional dance career. The elite artists have had the privilege to train in some of the world’s best academies including the Royal Ballet School in London, the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia, and the School of American Ballet in New York City, to name a few.

Through recognition, awards, and scholarships from the most prestigious ballet competitions and schools in the world for many of its dancers, CBSA has elevated San Antonio to the world stage, making it a strong player in the arts world.


Friday, Dec 10, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 11, 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Market and Photos with Santa opens one hour prior to showtime.


The Lila Cockrell Theatre

200 E. Market Street

San Antonio, TX 78205


Tickets are available on the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio website here.

Masks are required at the Lila Cockrell Theatre, hand washing stations and sanitizer are also offered on site to encourage a safe environment. In addition, The Children’s Ballet continues to enforce extensive safety protocols to include both virtual and limited capacity in-person rehearsals, screenings, masks, gloves, long sleeves, social distancing and much more.


Admission proceeds and holiday market profits directly benefit CBSA in fulfilling its mission to inspire the pursuit of excellence and prepare children for productive and creative lives through dance by offering extensive training and performance opportunities for talented children from all backgrounds.

Donations from the event will benefit dance scholarships for special needs and underserved youth, as well as the transportation and organization of several hundred Title 1 school students to attend each performance. Funds also go to the production costs of theatre, costumes, lights, and special effects that allow these dancers to perform in San Antonio’s top theatres in professional productions as part of their professional level training.

The Children's Nutcracker

About the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio

The award-winning Children’s Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA) is an authentic, professional-level ballet company that produces professionally staged productions showcasing San Antonio’s most talented children. Dancers are selected by invitation or audition. The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio is a nonprofit organization 501(c)3. For more information, visit or call 210-462-7660.

Mission: The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA) seeks to inspire the pursuit of excellence and prepare children for productive and creative lives through dance by offering extensive training and performance opportunities for talented children from all backgrounds.

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