Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You!

SPAC’s “Nutcracker Tea” Tickets On-Sale Tomorrow!

“I’m too late! I should have listened to Arthur!”
Photo: Anthony Tran – Unsplash

{{Editor’s Note: Every year I alert you, and every year it happens… Let me once again make it clear: This event will sell out. It does every year; often in a couple of hours. And so, dear reader, consider yourself alerted: the key date is tomorrow (see below) for you to insure that the kiddos will enjoy visions of sugar plum fairies, etc.}} – AG

SARATOGA SPRINGS – A battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, a blizzard of ballerinas, and a wonderful world of confection will come alive at SPAC’s popular “Nutcracker Tea,” slated for Sunday, November 17 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A Capital Region holiday tradition for families, both performances will feature excerpts from The Nutcracker by Northeast Ballet Company, a traditional English Christmas Tea, American Girl doll giveaways, boutique shopping, and a visit from Santa Claus. Held at the Hall of Springs, tickets are $75 for adults and $35 for children 15 and under and can be purchased online at starting Tomorrow, October 23 at 10 a.m.; proceeds benefit arts education programs at SPAC. 

Cover Photo: Cathy Duffy

“Our Nutcracker Tea is a truly magical event, celebrating the arts, community and the holiday season. New this year, the afternoon also marks the start of our new holiday programming series which will feature the Salzburg Marionette Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker, among other performances to be announced shortly,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC. “A special thanks to our Action Council members for their amazing work.”

“This year’s Nutcracker Tea will enchant the child in all of us as guests enjoy Northeast Ballet Company’s performance, boutique shopping, raffles including American Girl and Wonder Crew dolls, a traditional English tea and a special visit from Santa Claus. This event sells out quickly every year – we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as possible to secure your place at this magical event,” said event co-chair and Action Council member, Marsha Dolinsky.  

The Nutcracker, composed in 1891 by Tchaikovsky, is a fairy tale ballet that tells the story of a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. First performed in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, it has become an American classic since choreographer George Balanchine introduced his production in 1954 in New York City.

Features of the event include:

¨      Ballet excerpts from The Nutcracker performed by Northeast Ballet Company;

¨      A raffle for an American Girl Doll;

¨      Tea, mini sandwiches, cookies and light edibles;

¨      A visit from Santa Claus, and more.

Tickets for the Nutcracker Tea will go on sale Tomorrow October 23 at 10 a.m. and are available at or by calling 518-584-9330 ext.101. Questions can be directed to Seth Buono at .  


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