Sugarplum Doodles – November 17, 1:30 PM

Join the Northwest Florida Ballet at the Destin Commons as Clara, Franz the Dancing Bear, the Mouse Queen and the Nutcracker himself make their first appearances. Create holiday keepsakes with artists from Abrakadoodle Art. Admission is free to the public. Tickets for this season’s performances of the Nutcracker and the Kingdom of Sweets Reception will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, call 850-664-7787. The Destin Commons is located at 4300 Legendary Drive #200, Destin.

Storytime with Clara – November 19, 2:00 PM

Join in at this exciting outdoor event scheduled to be held at the Silver Sands Premium Outlets (10562 U.S. 98) in Sandestin. Clara, Franz the Dancing Bear, the Mouse Queen, and the Nutcracker himself will be there to share the story of the Nutcracker. The event is free, and all are invited. Tickets for The Nutcracker ballet will be available following the reading.

Silver Sands Premium Outlets

Kingdom of Sweets Reception – November 23, 5:30-7:15 PM 

Northwest Florida Ballet present “The Nutcracker”

Northwest Florida Ballet present “The Nutcracker

For decades, area residents and visitors have kept up the tradition of going to see Northwest Florida Ballet present “The Nutcracker”. In 1981, the company (then known as the Fort Walton Beach Ballet) staged the area’s first performance of this holiday favorite and have continued to do so every year since then. They invite you to join them for this year’s premier of The Nutcracker on the night of November 23.

In The Nutcracker, Clara travels to the Kingdom of Sweets. You can travel to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, Florida, and enjoy you own visit to the Kingdom of Sweets Reception from 5:30-7:15 PM. The Northwest Florida Ballet has invited local chefs, bakers and candy-makers to create a confectionary masterpiece inspired by the ballet for presentation at a “Kingdom of Sweets Bake-Off” in honor of the company’s premier performance later that evening. You get to vote for your favorites and the top three entries will be awarded prize packages following the reception. So, if you have a sweet tooth, you will want to add this to your holiday calendar.

Admittance to the Kingdom of Sweets Reception will be by RSVP only, so you will want to reserve your attendance now. RSVPs will close on November 15. No tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event. The price per reservation is $20 and can be purchased by calling 850-664-7787, or stop by the Northwest Florida Ballet studio at 310 Perry Ave SE in Fort Walton Bch. The event is sponsored by Vintij Wine Boutique and Bistro and alcoholic beverages will be served at this event so individuals under 21 years of age will not be admitted. The reception will be hosted at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Art Galleries, 100 McCracken Way, Niceville, Florida.

Premier Performance of the Nutcracker – November 23, 7:30 PM

At 7:30PM the curtain rises to the magic of The Nutcracker, where dolls come to life, mice dance, Cossacks leap and snowflakes scurry. This ballet has been a family favorite since 1892 when it was first performed at the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre. If you are looking for a spark of magic this holiday season, consider being a part of this magical event.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for children 12 & under. Tickets for The Nutcracker are currently on sale and can be purchased online at www.nfballet.org/store/tickets or by calling 850-664-7787 or by phone at 850-664-7787. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located on the Northwest Florida State College campus at 100 McCracken Way, Niceville, Florida.

There will also be a matinee performance of the Nutcracker on November 24, 2:30 PM at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.