Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker Dances its Way into Vancouver (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster for Goh Ballet’s highly anticipated production of The Nutcracker, which is set to return to the stage at The Centre in Vancouver this holiday season for its ninth annual presentation.

This year’s production runs from December 14th to the 19th and features Principal Dancers Jerome Tisserand and Elizabeth Murphy from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, who will perform as the Cavalier Prince and the Sugarplum Fairy, respectively, alongside more than two hundred local and international talents.

Chan Hon Goh, Executive Producer of The Nutcracker says: “Thousands of families from across the Lower Mainland have incorporated Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker into their holiday traditions, and we invite you to join us on an enchanting escape with Clara and her beloved Nutcracker, as they embark on a journey to battle the evil Mouse King and his army of mischievous mice through the Land of the Snow, Lemonade Sea, arriving at the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”

The cast will dance to choreography by Emmy award winning dance visionary, Anna-Marie Holmes, as well as musical accompaniment by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, which will be performing Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker Suite, under the musical direction of Conductor Leslie Dala.

Jerome Tisserand and Elizabeth Murphy say: “We’re incredibly thrilled to come to Vancouver this holiday season to perform as principal dancers in Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Across the dance world, Goh Ballet has garnered a reputation as a ballet company that pursues excellence onstage, highlighting the very best of its performers. We are honoured to dance among some of Canada’s best talents, to choreography by the incomparable Anna-Marie Holmes, and we look forward to mesmerizing the crowds with a classical rendition of E.T.A. Hoffman’s fairytale.”

2017 marks a particularly important year for The Nutcracker, as it coincides with Goh Ballet Academy’s 40th anniversary, the leading performing arts education institution in Vancouver.

Ms. Goh adds: “Vancouver has been our home for more than 40 years, and we are humbled and proud to be able to provide this incredible city with a Nutcracker production that it can call its own. So many internationally recognized talents have launched their careers performing with Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker and we’re excited to introduce audiences to the more than two hundred local and international performers who will take to the stage this holiday season.”

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker is also proud to welcome back the support of their Production Title Sponsor, De Beers Diamond Jewellers for a second year.

From December 14th to 19th, The Nutcracker will run nightly, with matinee performances on weekends. The performances are sure to sell out, so make sure to purchase your tickets before they’re gone, to experience Goh Ballet’s beloved, traditional portrayal of this classical masterpiece.

Looking for an extra special experience to treat yourself and gift to loved ones? For the first time this year, VIP experience packages are available for purchase, providing attendees with a prime orchestra seat, a collectable program and a Limited Edition autographed show card. What’s more, your evening will begin with a Nutcracker cast member ushering you to a pre-show champagne reception and photo opportunity with costumed dancers. Last, the night will conclude with a walk through the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy up close, as you take part in a post-show private backstage tour and a meet-and-greet with performers on stage. 

Dates and Times of Performances:

  • December 14, 15, 18 and 19 at 7:30pm
  • December 16 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
  • December 17 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Location:The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts | 777 Homer Street

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit GohNutcracker.com

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Free Ticket Giveaway!

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the December 15th performance of The Nutcracker. Simply post a comment below telling us why you want to be part of the audience at next week’s show and be automatically entered for a chance to win. We’ll select one lucky winner on Tuesday, December 12th and notify the winner by email. Good luck!

Updated Tuesday, December 12th: Congratulations Miren! You are the lucky recipient of a pair of tickets to the December 15th performance of The Nutcracker. Please check your inbox for further details on how to go about claiming your prize. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment and entered for a chance to win. We hope you can still make it out to experience this holiday favourite! 

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112 Responses to Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker Dances its Way into Vancouver (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

  1. Angie

    I’ve always wanted to see the Nutcracker ballet. My mom loves Christmas and I’d love to take her!

    • Sally N

      Both my daughter and I have been working shift work and are off on the date mentioned and would really enjoy being in the audience of the Nut Cracker. Last and only time we saw the Nut Cracker was in Toronto approximately 35 years ago. Good bonding opportunity.

  2. Kay

    I could use a break!

  3. Emi

    Hi! I’d love to go with my husband! And this is a perfect date for our anniversary 😍

  4. Angela B

    Great way to celebrate end of school!

    • Brenda

      I would like to go.

  5. Stephanie

    I’d love to bring my Mom to the show and kick-start the holiday festivities!

  6. Tara

    I’d love to go! Such a magical way to celebrate the season.✨

  7. Cecile

    Love to watch the Christmas tradition!

  8. Devon

    great holiday tradition

  9. Jinny

    I would love to bring my father, he is coming to visit in a few days!


    I always wanted to see The Nutcracker, one of my favourite pieces from Tchaikovsky!

  11. Jennifer Paolera

    I would love to see this! Huge childhood memories for me. The music & the racing is mesmerizing!

  12. Jody

    I love ballet – it’s so beautiful! Haven’t been to a ballet since moving to Vancouver and would love to go.

  13. Veronica

    I’d love to be part of the audience next week so my boyfriend and I can get a much-needed break from work and really start to feel the spirit of the season!

  14. Barb Martel

    I would love to take my Mama!

  15. Marilyn M

    I would love to take my 7 YO granddaughter to see the Nutcracker. I started taking her mom at that age. It would be great to experience it through different eyes once again! 💕💖🎶🎶💂🏻‍♂️

  16. Elizabeth Bryan

    I would love to share the Nutcracker experience with my daughter! Thanks for the chance :)

  17. Eva

    This is a gem among the Vancouver holiday festivities out and about town! Would be delightful to be part of a wonderful experience. #Vanmas

  18. Michelle W

    The Nutcracker is such a magical performance and really gets me into the holiday spirit. I would love to go!

  19. Karm Dial

    It would be such a magical experience, I’ve never been before but I’m sure it would get us right into the holiday spirit!

  20. Rizwana Daud

    Me and my little one who is a ballet aficionado would love to go and see it!

  21. Angela Balmer

    We know one of the ballerinas, and I would love to be able to take my girls to see her perform!

  22. Believe it or not i have never been to see the Nutcracker! Somehow in 64 years i never got my act together to buy tickets and so would love to take my wife this year

  23. Ema

    We have seen the Goh Ballet many times perfoming excerpts of the show at our local mall, we’d love to see the full production.

  24. Steven S

    I wanna see the show with a date

  25. Sharon

    I’d love to go!

  26. Raveena

    Never been. Would be happy to go!

  27. Shelley Butcher

    The Nutcracker Ballet is so magical! I would love to take my granddaughter. 🐁

  28. Milly

    I would love to take my husband to see this. He has been working incredibly tirelessly at an unrewarding job all year, and I would love to bless him with such a special treat.

  29. Diana Lopez

    My daugther and I love this magical performance! It would be great to go and see it here in Vancouver!!!

  30. Amanda Brittain

    I would love to treat my friend to a night at the ballet.

  31. K Crane

    Me and a friend recently started doing ballet again – after 27 and 11 years away – would be a great surprise and treat for us.

  32. would love to get into the Xmas spirit.

  33. Marianne B

    I would love to bring my mom and make this a start of a new holiday tradition!

  34. Kay

    I have never seen a ballet, always wanted to especially the nutcracker, and after dealing with breast cancer it would be a wonderful day out for Christmas. Whoever wins, enjoy! Merry Christmas.

  35. Danielle

    I’ve always wanted to attend the nutcracker and this would be the first time that these dates would work for me! :)

  36. Francis Mennigke

    My partner Khwezi and I are visiting theatre artists a from South Africa. We’re in the beautiful British Columbia for a whole month and it would be beyond a ridiculously cool experience to witness this event!!! Love love love this work of art!!!

  37. Leah

    my 10 year old daughter would absolutely love to see the nutcracker

  38. Amanda

    I would love to be part of the audience of next weeks show and enjoy what I’m sure is a beautiful performance! I’ve always dreamed of taking my son to see the nutcracker.

  39. Melissa Hoffmann

    I would love to see this with my mom as it’s a magical way to get into the holiday spirit!

  40. Stephanie

    Being able to do something special with my daughter as a belated birthday event. She loves dance and I love her

  41. Michael

    Yes, please.

  42. Hayley

    I would love to be able to take my Niece to her first ballet. She loves ballet so much and is just starting to take some classes.

  43. Bonnie Y.

    I have never seen The Nutcracker, so it would be fun to see it next week.

  44. Marianne

    I would love to see a winter fun-filled fantasy!

  45. Katie borrett

    Still haven’t seen this and would love to!

  46. Christie M

    I love Christmas and the ballet, fun!

  47. Jo

    It will be a great experience for myself and my Daughter to see A Nut Cracker, on stage. being a single mom, with a busy working schedule.It will be a memorable experience for both us.

  48. eileen

    I’d like to go for my birthday!

  49. Caroline

    Love ballet

  50. Kellie

    I would love to send my mum and sister to see the Nutcracker!!

  51. Miren

    I would love to see the Nutcracker because I love the music and watching the ballet dancers is something astonishing! this is a beautiful Christmas event I would love to attend :D . Thank you!

  52. leanne

    I would love to have a girls night out with my daughter.

  53. Christine C

    I have never seen the Nutcracker and I know my 85 year old Mom would LOVE me to take her. We’ve gone to Christmas concerts the last couple years but nothing planned so far for this year to get in the Christmas Spirit!

  54. Miljenka

    As a working class person growing up in an immigrant household, we never went to ballets operas or other middle class cultural pastimes. Two years ago, I was lucky enough to have seen an opera for the first time ever in Prague where Mozart introduced Don Quixote to the world, but I have never been to a ballet performance such as the Nutcracker though I have seen it on TV. I think it would be a magical and privileged experience to be able to see a live performance of The Nutcracker.

    • Joyce

      I would love to go with my little girl, she loves the nutcracker story and loves ballet.

  55. Ruby Galanida

    I would love to take my Papa!

  56. Nicki

    I need to class up my festive season.

  57. Ryan w

    Never been before and always wanted to see

  58. Jessica Lim

    I’ve always wanted to see the Nutcracker but never had the chance to do so. Hope I could see it this year!

  59. Ewa Paciorek

    I danced at Goh Ballet Academy many years ago. I have a sweet spot for them.
    I would like to see how they choreograf today

  60. Laura Conlon

    Fantastic prize, I would love this💃It would take me back to my dance college days!!

  61. Linda

    The Nutcracker was the first ballet I went to. It holds good memories for me.

  62. Candy

    Have always wanted to see this show.

  63. Karm Dial

    I would love to go!

  64. FT

    Would love to finally go see the nutcracker

  65. Marcela

    Would love to share this with my partner!

  66. Alex

    My daughter’s friend has a small role this year in the Nutcracker. I would therefore love to take my girl to her first ballet so that she can see her little buddy perform.

  67. Ric

    Dance like no one is watching…

  68. Judy Pickard

    A dream for my daughter.

  69. Brenda

    I’d take my friend who is a newcomer to Canada from Syria. Seeing a ballet and attending an opera are on his bucket list – it would be wonderful to know he could check an item off his list.

  70. Julia

    I’d love to take my friend to the nutcracker!!

  71. Nancy

    I’d love to see The Nutcracker. It seems like such a traditional and festive holiday season event.

  72. Megan

    My fiancé moved here from England three years ago and it’s something we’ve always wanted to do together!

  73. Neha

    Such a nice show, want to see with my family .

  74. Val

    we would like to bring our kids to appreciate the arts of dance for such a Vancouver Xmas tradition!

  75. Sylvia

    I would love to gift these tickets to my friends who are leaving Canada for a new job in another country.

  76. I’ve always wanted to see the Nutcracker but never had the chance to do

  77. I haven’t been to the ballet in years. Winning tickets would be a wonderful treat!

  78. Hélène Daigneault

    Each year at Christmas, long before the teenagers lurking inside us hijacked our innocent young lives, my friends and I laid flat on some living room carpet strewn with unwrapped presents and watched ‘Casse-Noisette’ on TV. I think I was five when my parents enrolled me in ballet classes and, like most aspiring little dancers, I believed I was a stellar performer. I have cried and cried because my leotard was green and my tights black, very unlike the sweet pink outfit I imagined myself wearing as the star at the centre of this classic piece.

    Not being particularly fitted for the part – I have always been more woman than elf – I eventually changed my aim towards something more earthly, like equine veterinary practice. Alas! This was only going to be crushed by the reality of my severe allergies to animals, the horse being the worst trigger. In the end, architectural science has done quite nicely for me as a career choice, and is to this day deeply rewarding, providing my life with fulfilling and engaging work.

    Still, comes every Christmas, I dream of seeing The Nutcracker ‘sur scène’ rather than on screen, which incredibly I have not yet done. Will you help change that, I wonder…

  79. Would love to see The Nutcracker and write it up! Have been watching their progress as a famous company for years. When they first came to Vancouver, The Goh Ballet performed at the high school where I taught. Captivated a whole auditorium of teens, most of whom had never seen Ballet. Love!

  80. Jacelyn Chaung

    I just found out I will be a first time grandma next year! My daughter is so busy with work n it will be perfect to spend a magical night out with her to watch this amazing production during the best time of the year!

  81. Hannah olmstead

    I have always loved the nutcracker.. I can’t decorate my house for Christmas without putting on the cd of it.. I have never seen it preformed live and it has always been my wish to but I’ve never been able to afford it, and with being in school full time I can’t this year and would love to see it and a treat for surviving this semester..

  82. Sam AL

    My wife always dream of attending the Nutcracker , she has the music of the show playing in each and every morning . It is her birthday on December 15th and that will be a fabulous surprise to the love of my life who is bearing her first child.
    Thank you :)

  83. Ariel C

    would love to go !

  84. adam

    my wife would love to see this

  85. Cassie

    My mom used to take me every year as a child, I would love the opportunity to take her this year :)

  86. GC

    I’d love to see this ballet! The Nutcracker is a classic.

  87. Mitasha

    Nothing says Christmas more than the Nutcracker! Live nutcracker ballet would be amazing and my first time for both!

  88. Yvonne

    I saw the nutcracker when I was a little Girl and remember it being so magical. I started watching the promo and the music almost brought tears to my eyes again!

  89. Tania

    I’d love to bring my Mom to the show and kick-start the holiday festivities

  90. Maryanne

    I would love to take my mom!

  91. Oli

    It is a special tradition for me to go every year to see the Nutcracker with my family. And even though I am far away from my family this year, I do not want break this tradition at all:)

  92. Rino

    I would like to bring my daughter and have her experience this beautiful ballet!

  93. Shirley A

    My daughter asked me if we could go see the nutcracker this Christmas- winning these tickets would make this year very special for us.

  94. Ashlee

    My mom and I love the nutcracker! She’s visiting from New York for Christmas and I would love to go with her!

  95. Justin Y

    Nuthing cracks me up better than a good ballet performance. Especially when they Goh all out!

  96. wyn

    Never seen t be Nutcracker before,wod love to.

  97. Tracy

    Such a classic! Would love to see this !

  98. meredith

    would love to take my daughter

  99. David

    great holiday prize

  100. Marie Agusto

    An all time holiday favourite. Would love to be part of the audience.

  101. A

    Never seen it in my life. Very interested in seeing it!

  102. Rebecca Tong

    I would love to go with my bestie for a night out

  103. C Schoen

    I have not seen the Goh Ballet or the Nutcracker in years. What a lovely Christmas present!

  104. Renee K Ulmer

    I would love to bring my little ballerina (my 11yr old daughter) to this event she would just love it so much. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity. With my husband passing away in May so suddenly and unexpectedly and it being Christmas we are lucky to be even having Christmas dinner. My daughter is one of 6 kids and has been so helpful and selfless since her daddy has passed it would be nice to make her Christmas a little brighter with this. Good luck everyone merry Christmas and happy new year.

  105. Pat

    I’ve never been to the ballet before! Would love to see the Nutcracker!

  106. linda

    Haven’t been to the ballet before.

  107. Chloe

    What a way to start the festivities. I’d live to see this beautiful show. Heard stunning things and the experience others have had. Merry Christmas xxx

  108. Amy

    I am a single mom, and ever since my daughter was born (she is 5 years old now). I have always been with my daughter 24/7. I’ve been struggling with getting a job and balancing myself being a fulltime mom. It’s been hard for me to go out and enjoy myself, with a low income.

    Recently I’ve been seeing this guy, nothing official though. He took me to my first play, which I absolutely enjoyed. I am hoping I would get the opportunity to see the Nutcracker. Repay the guy for the play he took me to, and have some kid free adult time for a few hours.

  109. Nikki

    I have been a solo f/t parent for a long long time, been doing it alone since my daughter was a baby and would love the opportunity to surprise my daughter with tickets to this event. I went once when I was a kid and remember I loved it and how magical it was. My daughter asked if we could go but I can rarely budget going to shows and never at this time of year. She is the best daughter I could have asked for, she has never complained her whole life when I’ve said I can’t afford this or that, even while girls at her school have so much. She is a very hard working girl, both at her job, and studying for her final exams at University this week, she also volunteers annually for the Fire Dept’s pancake breakfast and Princess party fundraisers. Her Semester ends this week, and it would be such a nice reward for all her hard work and for being such a wonderful kid. Wishing everyone good luck!