UNCSA’s “The Nutcracker” At The Stevens Center (2022)

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This Year’s “The Nutcracker” performance takes place at the Stevens Center December 9 – 18, 2022.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) production of “The Nutcracker” is an eagerly anticipated Winston-Salem holiday tradition. This professional-caliber production of Tchaikovsky’s world-famous “The Nutcracker” ballet draws around 10,000 people to the streets of downtown and to UNCSA’s Stevens Center during its eleven-show run.

A First-Rate Production

Nutcracker ballet UNCSA

Stunning sets, exquisite costumes, phenomenal dancing and special effects make this a top-notch production and a favorite of families and lovers of the arts. Audiences are dazzled by falling snow, rolling fog, and an enormous expanding fiber optic Christmas tree.

UNCSA’s production is the only “The Nutcracker” performance in the Triad to be accompanied by a live orchestra. This year’s show will be choreographed by Ilya Kozadayev, conducted by Jiannan Cheng, and features 90 dancers from the UNCSA School of Dance.

Performance Dates

Join the Nutcracker Prince, Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy for this holiday classic! The performance schedule for the UNCSA production of “The Nutcracker” is December 9-18, 2022.


UNCSA’s Stevens Center
405 W. Fourth Street
Downtown Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Kick-Off Event

Photo of Nutcracker performance, ballerina jumping, at UNCSA's Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, NC

In the past, there has been a FREE kick-off event in the fall that is held at the Stevens Center. It features children’s activities, crafts, face painting, and photo opportunities with characters from “The Nutcracker.” During the event, tickets may be purchased at a discount. Prizes are commonly awarded to lucky attendees, including free tickets for early comers and even a backstage tour on the evening of the winner’s chosen performance.

TBD on whether this event will be held this year.

Information And How To Buy Tickets

Ticket prices start at $25 and are on sale now on the UNCSA website or by calling the box office at 336-721-1945.

Super Saver Family 4-Pack

Photo of Nutcracker performance at UNCSA's Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, NC

Families of four (2 adults + 2 kids) can take advantage of a great deal with the Family Four Pack for the night performances on December 14 and 15, 2022. Family Four Pack tickets are a tremendous value at only $170 [plus $10 On-Line Fee] for the Blue colored seats (web promo code: supersaver170) and $110 [plus $10 On-Line Fee] for the Yellow colored seats (web promo code: supersaver110).

Experience Early Moravian Traditions

If you’re looking for another authentic local holiday experience, don’t miss the Moravian candle tea at Old Salem! It’s been a Winston-Salem Christmas tradition since 1929. Participants experience the sights, sounds, smells, and even the tastes of early Moravian Christmas traditions.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition or experience in Winston-Salem?

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