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Nov. 24  at 2:00 p.m. | Arts Center at Iowa Western
Dec. 7  at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | Orpheum Theater
Dec. 8 at 2:00 p.m. | Orpheum Theater

Know Before You Go:

Here are some tips to make your experience at the ballet an enjoyable one. And don’t miss the special “sneak peek” below!

Arrive early

Allow yourself plenty of time to find parking, get into the theater, use the restroom, find your seat, and read the program. The Orpheum opens 90 minutes prior to performances, and the Arts Center and Joslyn open one hour prior. The house opens one-half hour prior to the performance at all venues.


The performance is approximately two hours with intermission.


Because everyone is looking for parking at the same time, please allow extra time to find a space and make your way into the theater. See list of parking options at bottom of page.

Late Seating

To ensure an enjoyable experience for patrons, late seating is restricted. If you arrive after the performance begins, you will be seated in an alternate section until intermission.

Recommended Age

This performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.  If your young child becomes restless during a performance, please come to the lobby.

*A live feed of the show is available in the lobby at the Orpheum Theater.

Orpheum theater Entry Inspections

Omaha Performing Arts has asked us to share the following statement:

Omaha Performing Arts is committed to providing the highest standard of safety. All guests entering the Holland Center and Orpheum Theater will be required to pass through metal detectors upon arrival. Guests are also subject to visual and bag inspections. Lobbies open 90 minutes prior to events. Lines can often get congested with last minute arrivals. Plan on arriving early to avoid lines and allow enough time to pass through security and find your seats.


Visiting restrooms before the show begins may help you avoid the inevitable long lines during intermission.

*At the Orpheum, there are restrooms in the basement that often have shorter lines.

No Recording

Photo and video recordings of the performance are not allowed.

Our dancers typically greet the audience in the lobby after the show. You are welcome to take photos with the performers at that time.

Sneak Peek

Learn more about the ballet before you you go:

Program book
See casting and synopsis.

Study Guide
We invite you to review THE NUTCRACKER Study Guide prepared with our youngest patrons in mind.

Theater Locations & Parking Information

Arts Center at Iowa Western
2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Free parking is available in the large lot in front of the Arts Center’s main entrance. 

Orpheum Theater
409 S. 16th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Paid parking is available in the OPPD Energy Plaza garage. The Skylink takes you directly to the balcony level of the theater. Lot parking at 15th and Howard is available for $10. Meters run 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
1001 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Parking information coming soon.

Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Free parking is available in the Parking Garden northeast of the Museum. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets. The northeast Parking Garden is accessible via the Dodge Street entrance drive to the south or the 24th Street entrance drive to the west. Additional event parking is available in the Physician’s Mutual lot across 24th Street to the northwest of the Museum.