Nutcracker Ballet – A Ballet Makkai Tradition

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A grand party, a tree that explodes in growth, a winter wonderland and a land of sweets – the family favorite, the Nutcracker Ballet, will be performed by Ballet Makkai on Saturday, 12/3 and Sunday, 12/4 at Elm Place Middle School Theater in Highland Park, Illinois.  The “Nutcracker Season” starts with Makkai Ballet dancers performing in the store window of Uncle Dan’s – The Great Outdoor Store at the Highland Park Holiday Lighting Ceremony, which occurred this year on November 19th.  The dancers practice with passion until the finale performances in early December.

Sponsored by Beanstalk Toys & Books, and Sprout Kids, the holiday classic has been performed by local dancers from Highland Park and the surrounding Chicago suburbs for six years.  Lilla Daniels, the Creative Director of Makkai Ballet enthused “The dancers and teachers at Ballet Makkai are excited every year to bring this holiday classic to life.”

Get your tickets at

This year, local Downtown Highland Park businesses have joined together to create the “Magic Ticket”.  Simply bring your Makkai Ballet Nutcracker performance ticket into these businesses to receive the following specials:

Pulse Fitness

Your ticket stub is your ticket to health and wellness!  Bring your Magic Ticket to Pulse Fitness, a dynamic state-of-the-art facility specializing in group classes, personal training, and nutrition counseling to receive one complimentary class of your choice: Team Weight Loss, Bootcamp, CardioKickboxing, Strength, Boxing, Power Hour, TRX, Aesthetics, Youth Bootcamp, Youth Boxing and more!  Receive 10 percent off when you purchase a one-month package of unlimited classes and services or a Youth 10-pack.

Uncle Dan’s

15% Off any one item when you bring in your Magic Ticket.

Highland Park Library

The Highland Park Public Library will give anyone who shows their Magic Ticket a chocolate READ bar.

HP Tops

20% off the entire purchase with your Magic Ticket, custom orders are not included.


50% off any one dance leotard with your Magic Ticket.

Modern Opulence

20% one full priced Item for Magic Ticket.

Love that Spice

Good for one small tea with the purchase of a tea with your Magic Ticket.

 Windward Board Shop

15% Off any one item when you bring in your Magic Ticket.