Ever since I was a little girl, "The
Nutcracker Ballet" was a key part of our family's Christmas
celebration. I would get dressed in frilliest dress and my family
and I would go to the Aerie Crown Theater to witness the magic of
the ballet. I still smile whenever I hear the first few bars of the
Now that I'm a mom, I have carried on the tradition with my
Sadly, a trip to see "The Nutcracker" is not in the family
budget this year. Top tickets to the Joffrey Ballet production at
the Auditorium would be more than $400 for the four of us. Although
I know it will be wonderful, we can't swing it.
I'm thinking of checking out one of the lesser Nutcrackers, like
maybe the one presented by the Peoria Ballet at the Peoria Civic
Center. Top ticket price: $42, with student tickets selling for
just $17. Or maybe we'll stay closer to home and go see Ballet Legere in
Cicero for $24. Turns out there are a whole host of sugar plum
fairies dancing across stages in Illinois. Check out the list here.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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