Get ready for a holiday tradition. The Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker opened last Friday will have a run of 44 performances before it closes on December 31, 2014.

Tickets start at $29. All performances take place at the Boston Opera House. There are 7:30 PM shows on Tuesday through Saturdays. A 5:30 PM show on Sunday, and some 1 PM matinees scattered through the engagement.

Nutcracker Boston Ballet

Each performance has approximately 150 dancers involved. There are also classical ballet students from Boston, Newton, and North Shore Boston Ballet studios that take part in each performance.

All of the sets and the costumes are new and designed by award winning designer Robert Perdziola. Some interesting tidbits about the costumes and set include that over 2,000 yards of net and tulle were used for the costumes. And over 200,000 jewels were used in the costumes with 1/3 of the jewels hand sewn.

Nutcracker Boston Ballet Photos

More facts about the set! The Christmas tree is 42 feet 6 inches long, and there are 766 fiber optic points embedded in the big Christmas tree. Plus 600 ornaments! Pay close attention during the set changes. Some changes include a series of reveals where scenes will appear to iris out of one another.

So much fun! And thanks to the wonderful folks at Boston Ballet, one lucky Family Friendly Boston reader will win a set of 2 tickets to a performance of The Nutcracker. Winner will get to choose a show from the following list: Wed, Dec 10 @ 7:30pm; Tue, Dec 16 @ 7:30pm; Wed, Dec 17 @ 7:30pm; Thu, Dec 18 @ 1pm; or Thu, Dec 18 @ 7:30pm. Enter below to win, and good luck!

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Nutcracker in Boston