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Nutcracker Video

Sept 2008

I am looking for a suitable Nutcracker DVD for the kids in preparation for the the Nutcracker ballet we plan to go to this holiday season. I don't want anything too scary--one of my kids is only 3. Does anyone have any suggestions? Melanie

The NYCB's Nutcracker! As good a rendering of Balanchine's Nutcracker as you'll get on DVD. Has a subtle, unintrusive narration by Kevin Kline. My 5-year-old has been dancing (and marching) along to it since he was 2. Definitely avoid the Royal Ballet's version from Covent Garden - loooooooooooong and boooooooooooooring. dance fan
Sorry I didn't see original post, so this recommendation is tardy, but my all-time favorite is the Maurice Sendak production which the Seattle Ballet produced on DVD several years ago. I assume you can still pick it up through Seattle Ballet's website or eBay or something like that. Little kids (and big ones) love the costumes---their exaggerated style draws kids into the story much more than the traditional productions. It was/is an exquisite production. Seattle fan
Point your Web browser to and run a search on "Nutcracker." You will find several hits. You can request holds on books, videos, etc and the library system will call you when it is in. Our family uses this library system a lot and we love it! You will probably find copies of Nutcracker videos at your local video store.
A cursory search of yielded about 10 hits for the nutcracker and many more with reviews at
We prefer the classic interpretation by the Bolshoi Ballet, or, if your children are old enough to cope with a somewhat scarier Mouse King, the Seattle Ballet's version with sets by Maurice Sendak is quite intriguing. Neither one is Disney-ized!
I'm pretty sure that there is a nutcracker video starring Mikhail Barishnikov. you could probably look it up at or some other web seller to find out what is available.


12/99 Veronica
Does anyone know where I can purchase Christmas stockings...? I'm looking for something a bit more festive than just a plain red stocking. Thanks so much.
I have seen lovely stockings, not too hideously expensive, in both the Lands' End and L.L. Bean catalogs. I think Lillian Vernon also offers a selection.
for christmas stockings, check the global exchange on russell and college. we got some there last year, beautifully hand embroidered.
We bought ours at KMartand Target and are very happy with them. The one from KMart is bright red with a lot of bead work depicting a christmas tree and presents all around. Our Target stocking is a little more rustic - but still very nice with a pretty picture of Santa and features ribbons.
I happened to see some nice ones today at the Marshall's on Marina in San Leandro. Very pretty, rich fabrics, $10 ea. Dawn
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