A Christmas classic that’s charmed generations of Montrealers


Its creation goes back to 1964, when Fernard Nault took it into his head to revisit the Hoffman tale set to music by Tchaikovsky.

For a half century, The Nutcracker has been a can’t-miss event during the Christmas season. This past year, while the ballet swirled on stage, a plethora of other activities also took place:

  • A “family reunion” organized by the Grands Ballets Canadiens, bringing together artists, artisans and dancers who have taken part in the show over fifty years. 
  • A storytelling event hosted by comedian Jacques Piperni, after which the Mouse of the Day is selected. 
  • An exhibition, Dans le monde de Casse-Noisette, specially mounted for the 50th anniversary at the Espace culturel George-Émile-Lapalme in Place des Arts.
  • A storytelling and exhibition of Casse-Noisette 3D, at the Grande Bibliothèque.
  • A Nutcracker workshop in the Métro, for children aged 4–10, offered dance classes and let little performers try on costumes in an atmosphere of pure holiday magic.
  • The Nutcracker Market sold locally crafted products for young and old, with all proceeds going to the Nutcracker Fund for Children.

The Fund has spread holiday joy and culture for the last 17 consecutive years, enabling more than 20,000 children to participate in dance and costume workshops, or attend a ballet performance.  All in all, a show that’s a tradition, but one with close ties to the community, too.