A Lake County Nutcracker Round Up {2011}

When I think of the holidays, I can’t help but think of the Nutcracker Ballet. The iconic music, skillful dancing, amazing costumes and beautiful props are simply magical for children and adults alike. It’s no wonder that this has become a treasured tradition in my family. Sure you can make a trek downtown to see the production, but there are also several local productions right here in Lake County that you can enjoy with the whole family without spending a small fortune.

Photo courtesy of the Genesee Theater


Dates/Times: December 10th and 11th at 3pm
Ticket Price: $15 – $35
Location: Genesee Theater, 203 North Genesee Street in Waukegan

Dance Company: DanceCenter North
Round LakeDates/Times: December 16th and 17th at 7pm; December 17th and 18th at 2pm
Ticket Price: $8 in advance, $9 at the door
Location: Round Lake High School

Dance Company: Round Lake Area Park District Community Theater and Studio of Dance
GrayslakeDates/Times: December 17th at 1pm and 5pm; December 18th at 3pm
Ticket Price: $25 for adults and $15 for children
Dance Company: Civic Ballet of Chicago
Lake ForestDates/Times: December 3rd and 4th at 2pm
Ticket Price: $20 for adults and $14 for children and seniors
Location: Lake Forest High School
Dance Company: Highland Park Dance Studio
And, if the idea of taking your wiggly kids to a live theater production makes you twitch (or if your child is simply obsessed like mine is), head on over to Seasons of Long Grove for their Nutcracker Tea Party. Enjoy a variety of loose leaf teas along with finger sandwiches, pastries, muffins and scones all while enjoying a live harpist who will be playing your favorite holiday music. You can take photos wearing one of their many fun hats and get a keepsake ornament to take home. Make your reservations now for this special event which takes place every Saturday and Sunday from November 27th through December 26th (closed Christmas Day, of course) at 2pm. The cost is $14.95 per person.

Do you have a favorite local Nutcracker production or event? We’d love to hear from you!
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Kristy is the mother of two young children, who join in her quest for unique restaurants, fun places to play and a little personal sanity in the process. She does her best to teach her children healthy habits, kindness, compassion and a love of nature while also learning that sometimes we need to let go of our ideals in the name of fun.

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