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3 generations treat: The Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall

We wrapped up 2017 gloriously with the Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall, a fabulous finale with Birmingham Royal Ballet. And we’re in luck, in 2021 they are back between December 28th -31st with 5 performancesThe Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall

It was a 3 generations treat: my mum cried of excitement and joy; I’ve been enchanted and transported back to childhood dreamy winter lands; the 4 years old stood mouth wide opened, charmed, intrigued, ocassionally conducting and sometimes pointing out the music he loved and the characters he liked.

The Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall

La mise en scene is superb: the Christmas party is sophisticated and buzzy, the costumes are lavish, the boys are energetic and rather naughty, the dancing snowflakes transport you back to dreams, the magician is intriguing and forceful, the Sugar Plum fairy delicate and magic. And midnight comes, exotic tales are coming one by one to life on the stage with the dancing dolls, a charming prince and soldiers toys.


Clara’s winter dreams are an utter delight and when one manages to take their eyes of the ballet magic, finds big screens with superb winter projections: starry night skies, trees in snow, flowers blooming. Royal Albert Hall becomes magic – huge baubles descend off the enormous ceilings and snow falls on the audience – exquisite and festive.

Royal Albert Hall must be also one of my favourite places in the world and I watched with excitement in the last year becoming very special for my 4 years old. Father Christmas at the Hall is one of the best December treats in London for kids under 7; the Proms are fabulous and in 2017 I have been delighted to introduce it also not to 1 but to 2 4 years olds.


2018 has been another exciting year for Royal Albert Hall filled with fantastic events. Cirque de soleil was back with their outstanding performances; from January 7th to March 4th, there was Ovo for the first time in the UK. I have been very lucky to see in Melbourne back in 2013 (when I had my very own OVO!) and it was just out of this world, no doubt at the iconic Royal Albert Hall will be even grander! Storytelling and music sessions for 0-4 year olds happened between January to March 22nd. There was also an inaugural Festival of Science exploring through a series of concerts, film screenings and comedy events for space – a must see for any sci-fi fans young and old. Live music of sci-fi favourites Star Trek, Star Trek Beyond, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a live-rescoring of Moomins and the Comet, plus intergalactic-inspired music at Space Spectacular and My Great Orchestral Adventure – what a list! And of course the Proms and so much more ! And we are in luck in 2021 RAH is back and celebrating 150 years super festively, stay tuned!

PS: Many thanks to Royal Albert Hall for the complimentary tickets. Opinions and pictures of The Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall, emotional mother and funky 4 years old son – mine.

12 comments on “3 generations treat: The Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall

  1. I’ve seen the Nutcracker many times but never at the Albert Hall, what an amazing venue! Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 12, 2018

      Hi Catherine! Warmly recommending the Nutcracker at the Hall, it was grand! A little bird told me given the 5 star reviews they are looking to bring it back December 2018! Pleasure to link in as usual, have a lovely week-end! x

  2. pigeonpairandme
    January 8, 2018

    Oh – what a great line up of things to come this year at the RAH! Do you know, I don’t think I’ve taken my two there yet. The Festival of Science sounds like the perfect opportunity! Sounds as though the Nutcracker was a wonderful treat for all your family. Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 12, 2018

      Absolutely, for any #CulturedKids RAH is a must! Some great family shows getting lined up Feb half term as well, we will be away skiing but would love to ead your impressions if you get to go! Pleasure to link in, have a lovely week-end!

  3. Baby Loves Travel
    January 16, 2018

    This looks like an amazing experience. We’ve been to one of the story telling sessions for the tiny ones, but I can’t wait until my lo is old enough to appreciate one of the shows in the main hall #citytripping

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 16, 2018

      I know exactly what you mean! The little ones are so cute but then it’s so nice to see them grown and enjoy together a show like Nutcracker! We get bit of both worlds as we also have our 21 months old for the loveliest cuddles and most atrocious tantrums..;) Thanks for popping by and keep us posted on your impressions at the Hall!

  4. katherinefenech2017
    January 16, 2018

    Your little one all dressed up in his bow tie is absolutely gorgeous! I only saw the Nutcracker ballet for the first time last year and loved it. I’ve never seen it inside the Royal Albert though. I’ve done the tour and wandered around inside, it’s absolutely gorgeous! #CityTripping

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 16, 2018

      Thank you Katherine! The Nutcracker at the Hall was grand, hoping they will bring it back December 2018! x

  5. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)
    January 17, 2018

    You’ve certainly captured my imagination with your write up! What a glorious experience. Must go next year. I’m sold! Thanks for linking #citytripping

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