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The Nutcracker Miami at Jackie Gleason Theater

2014 November 24
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Once again the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida putting on their performance of The Nutcracker at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. Everything kicks off with a Gala Event on Sunday December 7th at 6:30 pm. After that there will be performances at both the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and the Parker Playhouse of Fort Lauderdale. VIP patrons will be treated with tapas and libations as well as a reception with the international corps of dancers. Additionally there will be a silent auction. Tickets are currently on sale through the Fillmore Miami Beach. It’s a one night performance there so you will need to make your plans well ahead of time.

Get 40% Off Admission to The Nutcracker Miami

If you do happen to buy your tickets online then be sure to check for offer codes. You should notice an offer code link at the top left of the checkout page. Just click that and enter your coupon in the box and click apply. You should then see your discount appear in the ticket price. If you are an Xfinity subscriber then be sure to check with them to see if they have an offer code for you to use. Each year they usually offer an exclusive offer code for all of their subscribers. The other place that you may want to check is with the daily deal / coupon sites like Groupon. Sometimes they will have deals for certain performances of the Nutcracker on select nights.

Note, all admission prices are the same for all ages except for small children. Kids 2 years and younger get free admission to The Nutcracker provided that they sit in their parent’s / guardian’s lap. Finally, don’t forget that the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is also coming to Miami for a one night performance on Friday, December 26, 2014 – 7:00 pm. Stay tuned for ticket discount updates.


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