The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker Family Dinner: A Delightful Holiday Tradition

The Joffrey Ballet’s “Nutcracker” came to life at the Palmer House Hilton for its annual Nutcracker Family Dinner.  Held in multiple ballrooms, this lively, holiday favorite was chaired by WB members Sonya Jackson and Cindy Burns.  Children delighted in creating snow-flakes, taking photos with Nutcrackers, decorating ballet shoes, making their own cupcakes and having their faces painted.   A sit-down family style dinner included traditional favorites–turkey, roasted chicken, stuffing and cranberries.  Before and after dinner, trolleys shuttled guests between the hotel and the Auditorium Theatre for matinee and evening performances of this classic ballet deemed “America’s #1 Nutcracker.”  Premiering in 1987, it now features 42 company dancers and 70 children set against a magical, 19th century Christmas backdrop and runs through December 27 at the Auditorium Theatre.  (Photos by Caitlin Saville Collins).

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