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What to do in Vancouver: Goh Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Article by Amanda Bates, sharing one idea for what to do in Vancouver this holiday season.

If you’re like many parents today, keeping the true spirit of Christmas alive for your kids during the holiday season can be challenging amid the constant barrage of ads about the material objects we all “need”. So having the chance to get a bit of culture while maintaining that holiday feeling is something we’ve turned into an annual tradition.

What to do in Vancouver: See The Nutcracker

what to do in vancouver goh ballet nutcrackerFor the past few years, Vancouver’s renowned Goh Ballet has performed its own traditional rendition of The Nutcracker. The production has garnered more and more glowing reviews with each passing year, with the Province declaring in its 2012 Fall Arts Preview that this is the one to see.

We have gone to Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker for the past three years and for us, it truly is a wonderful way to start our holiday with a real family event. Memories of Christmases past, where we would dress up and go to the theatre as a family, are re-lived and that tradition is something I want to maintain, maybe even into the next generation!

A Holiday Classic

Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker is the ultimate classical interpretation of the E.T.A. Hoffman tale, with live accompaniment from the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, which really does add that something special to the show. Being able to take the kids to the orchestra pit to look down at the instruments during the interval is always a popular walk down the aisle!

For those not in the know, the story of The Nutcracker follows Clara, a young girl who receives a Nutcracker doll from her uncle, Dr. Drosselmeyer. The young girl later dreams that her Nutcracker doll comes to life and leads an army of toy soldiers into battle against the evil Mouse King. After the Mouse King is defeated, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince journey through the beautiful Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, witnessing a world of breathtaking magic along the way.

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Take a Moment for Your Family

As always, this production features acclaimed guest artists – this year, Principal dancers, Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia from the sensational New York City Ballet will appear onstage alongside 200 talented performers of all ages from around Metro Vancouver.

So while you are running around this December, take a moment for you and your family by taking in a holiday classic. It’s never too late to start a tradition and for us, nothing says Christmas like the magic of The Nutcracker. It’s definitely worth adding to your list of what to do in Vancouver over the holidays.

Performances of Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker run from December 19th to 23rd, 2012, at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts – six performances including two matinees. Tickets start at $28. Visit for more information or buy tickets at

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