The holiday season is here and it is time to fill your home with an excess of joy and good cheer! Christmas is a magical time for young children and the holiday traditions you start now with your little ones are the memories they will cherish forever.

Each child is so unique in their hobbies, dreams, and aspirations so Christmas traditions may look a little different for each family. However, if you have a child that loves dance, you can’t go wrong with The Nutcracker. This timeless ballet features music and dance that will whisk you and your child away into a beautiful winter wonderland. What’s better than an activity that’s fun for both you and your child?

The Nutcracker has been around for ages and is one of the most popular ballets in the world. That being said, it should be fairly easy to arrange this special activity for you and your little one.

You can find live performances of The Nutcracker in pretty much any major city in the United States around Christmas-time. Tickets vary in price based on your seating selections, and it is better to plan ahead in case the theatre sells out. You could even make a day of it—dress up, go to your child’s favorite restaurant, maybe even get them their favorite candy for the performance. Don’t stress about making the night perfect, just have fun and enjoy the time with your little one!

If going to see the ballet in person is too much of an endeavor, make it a special night at home! Whether you rent, buy, or watch the ballet on YouTube you can create your very own winter wonderland at home. Throw on some special Christmas pjs, make yummy holiday treats and snuggle up in bed—you will have just as much fun as going to the ballet in person!

The holiday season can be stressful and with the hustle and bustle of everyday life we often forget that the memories our children will remember forever are being made right now. The Nutcracker has been enjoyed by families for decades and has inspired generations of young dancers. The Nutcracker can not only serve as your new family tradition, but the creative outlet your child needs!