Waco Symphony Orchestra concerts: The Nutcracker, December 9 & 10, 2023
DECEMBER 9 AND 10 // 2023

The Nutcracker


Photo: Courtesy of Ballet Frontier of Texas

This performance has already taken place.

With brave toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and the sparkling Sugar Plum Fairy, you won’t want to miss The Nutcracker—a treasured holiday tradition. Back by popular demand, Ballet Frontier returns to Waco to inspire a childlike wonder in all of us.

The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 9, 2023
7:00 p.m. / Waco Hall

Sunday, December 10, 2023
2:00 p.m. / Waco Hall

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker

Dr. Beau Benson Guest Conductor

Ballet Frontier of Texas

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With its cast comprised of professional dancers, talented young students, dazzling costumes, world-class choreography, and the Waco Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s beloved score under the baton of Maestro Beau Benson (Music Director/Conductor of the Temple Symphony Orchestra), the stage is set for an unforgettable experience for all ages!

After the Sunday performance, come meet and take photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Prince in Roxy Grove Hall. This special package will include a souvenir ornament. Separate ticket required. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Adults accompanying children do not need a ticket.

Visit the Nutcracker
store in the lobby to
purchase nutcrackers and
themed ornaments. Sales
benefit the WSO.

The Nutcracker is
not included with season
tickets, and tickets
must be purchased
Season Sponsor

TFNB Your Bank for Life

Maestro’s Circle Sponsor

Central National Bank

HEB Helping Here

Sonata Sponsors

Alliance Bank

The First National Bank of Central Texas

STIFEL Investment Services


Waco Tribune-Herald

Overture Sponsor

American Bank

Extraco Banks

Come As You Are!

We encourage our patrons to be comfortable. At the concerts, you will see everything from formal wear to blue jeans. Generally, our audience prefers business or business casual attire.

Health and Safety

Learn more about Waco Hall and the WSO’s Health and Safety guidelines, including the clear bag policy and masking protocols.


This concert will be held at Waco Hall on the Baylor University campus.
Seating Chart

Directions and Parking
Construction on I-35 has rerouted traffic through Waco and may cause delays. Please allow yourself extra time to get to Waco Hall.

Dinner Before Concerts

Treat yourself to a quick but delicious dinner prior to each Symphony concert. Each participating restaurant will offer either Prix Fixe menu, small plates, or priority services if you make your reservations and state that you will be attending the Symphony. Arrival at the restaurant between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. should have you leaving the restaurant by 7:00 p.m.

See list of participating restaurants.

Hop on the Bus

Before each season concert and the Saturday evening performance of Nutcracker, buses will depart from the Gold’s Gym parking lot on Waco Drive next to El Conquistador Restaurant. Order bus passes early for your preferred departure time! One bus will arrive early in time for you to attend our Opening Notes pre-concert talks. The other departs at 7 pm. Space is limited. Season ticket holders have priority access to bus seats during the renewal period. Bus tickets are available online and are ticketed through Baylor this year, so you can add tickets to your order in one easy transaction. Individual tickets are $12 or $50 for a bus season pass (excludes Nutcracker). For questions, call (254) 754-0851.

Bus partnership provided by Waco Tours. Waco Tansit System.