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Step Into the World of The Nutcracker

This holiday season, visitors around the country can be part of the experience at “The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle.”

A visit to “The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle” is an unforgettable holiday experience that will fill you with the joys of winter. This enchanting production takes place in a beautiful, custom-built theater where the audience is surrounded by the action. You’ll feel like you’re part of the story as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. We were invited in to check out a screening of the experience at The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas and found it to be energetic and colorful—a great experience for children and adults.

A Visit to “The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle”

“The Immersive Nutcracker is an ideal family outing, featuring whimsical animated characters alongside footage of professional ballet dancers,” Lighthouse Immersive’s Producer Svetlana Dvoretsky told us. “At under an hour, our immersive experience is the perfect introduction for young children to the classic story of The Nutcracker, as well as the art of ballet and the captivating storytelling that often accompanies it. It’s a great way to introduce younger kids to a classic holiday tale, dance and wonderful classical music.”

The traditional holiday favorite can be experienced in this new rendition around the country in major cities, including Las Vegas. Boston, Chicago and Nashville. “The talented team behind “The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle,” Storywall Entertainment, produced a one-of-a-kind experience that you can’t really find anywhere else,” Dvoretsky explained. “When dance companies produce The Nutcracker, they often put their own twist on the program, and ours is no different. The new retelling of the classic story was the perfect addition to our lineup of programming, as we are excited to create more experiences that are intriguing for a diverse range of audiences —this one catering to all ages, specifically!” 

Families Enjoying "The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle" | WHERE Traveler®
Families Enjoying "The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle" (Photography by Patrick Hodgson)

A Look at the Technology of Immersive Exhibits

The holiday classic is presented by the same team who brought “Immersive Van Gogh” to cities around the country just last year. The experience utilized the best in 3D mapping and immersive technology and the “The Immersive Nutcracker” does as well. “Our galleries are fitted with digital projections that fill hundreds of thousands of cubic feet,” Dvoretsky said of the technology behind the experience. “State-of-the-art projectors are custom fitted to digitally map the original programming to each venue’s floorplan and create a unique experience in every city. Viewers feel as though they are in the same room as Marie and the Nutcracker. Immersive Nutcracker incorporates two professional ballet dancers amongst rendered animations of the Nutcracker characters. We have a state-of-the-art sound system that plays Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score and a lovely original song that caps the experience. Also, children are not confined to a seat; during The Immersive Nutcracker, they can be part of the action, dancing along with the characters and traveling with Marie on her fantastical journey.” 

Ballet Scenes at "The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle" | WHERE Traveler®
Ballet Scenes at "The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle" (Photography by Patrick Hodgson)

A Family-Friendly Experience

“The entire story of “The Nutcracker” is told over the approximately 35-minute experience, but classic scenes like the dance of the sugar plum fairy and the fight between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker are illuminated across the walls in Immersive Nutcracker,” Dvoretsky explained. “But there are also wintery scenes, a festive Christmas Eve party, journeys into Toyland and the world of candy, and much more.” Despite the darker scenes depicted in the original tale, those are toned down in “The Immersive Nutcracker” to allow younger audience members a calmer experience.

“We’re looking forward to audiences experiencing this story as a family, making a new tradition across generations. It’s also a great opportunity for young children to actively interact with art and dance, as they’re not confined to a theatre seat for hours on end, but can instead dance along with the characters throughout the story.” 

Immersive Scenes at "The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle" | WHERE Traveler®
Immersive Scenes at "The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle" (Photography by Margo Hawk)