Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," adapted by Alexandre Dumas and later set to music by Peter Tchaikovsky, "The Nutcracker" is a Christmas fable for the ages and a ballet that merits an annual viewing. With its colorful cast of characters (including miniature soldiers, mean mice and snowflakes come to life), plus its elaborate costumes, scenery and memorable music, "The Nutcracker" has made Christmas dreams come true for all ages for generations. 

The St. Petersburg Ballet will perform against the magnificent backdrop of Teatro della Pergola in an afternoon show recommended for families (5.45pm) and a nighttime finale (8.45pm). Early booking is highly advised; various ticket packages and pricing are available.