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On Sunday, my entire family headed to Lincoln Center to attend the New York Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker. I was born in Manhattan and raised in NYC but never had a chance to see this show before. Why did I wait so long? It was simply one of the most beautiful pieces of art in motion I had the pleasure to witness in my life.

In case you were thinking about bringing your family to see The Nutcracker, I wanted to offer you some advice.

There are plenty of parking lots available all around Lincoln Center – so fear not! We parked a half block from the show and had many lots to choose from.

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As far as dining is concerned, there are a few great restaurants to choose from. We opted for Rosa Mexicana which is actually one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Manhattan. It is SO GOOD. Get the table made guacamole. You won’t be disappointed. We had about an hour to kill before our show and they rushed all our orders to work with our time constraints. So, don’t be shy about letting your host / hostess know about your ticket time. 
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There are several levels within the David H. Koch Theater. We chose the second ring – the last row because I was really worried about my son, Caleb. I didn’t want him bouncing up and down and making a fuss where people behind us could see. The last row felt like a safety blanket for me. It was GREAT. I felt NO PRESSURE whatsoever. I would suggest you do something like this if you are bringing toddlers.

But if I am being honest with you… don’t bring a toddler. Caleb ended up sleeping the entire show which meant that his $150 ticket was a total waste. 15541895_10154831857289520_5604913336382614026_n

We brought everyone in the family because this is a show that you should do with them all. Bring grandma and great grandma if it’s possible! My mother ended up treating us all to the show for Christmas. How sweet! 15492424_10154831857249520_2249023376523931012_n

You aren’t allowed to take any pictures or videos during The Nutcracker. Don’t worry – you won’t want to. I snapped this shot right before the final bow. I didn’t even THINK to try to take a photo during the show because it was just so mesmerizing!! I really did feel like I was in a child’s dream. Each set was so beautiful and those ballerinas! My goodness – what grace.  
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In the end, we had such a great time with family and friends attending the New York Ballet – The Nutcracker. If you’d like to make this a mother-daughter day, go for it! While my son Liam did sit through the entire show, I can’t say that he 100% wanted to be there. LOL!

Liam liked the fight scenes with the rats… but I’m not so sure how much more he wanted to see. Football on Sunday or ballerinas at Lincoln Center? Hmmmmm. What would a 9-year-old boy choose?  I opted to bring him because I wanted to give him a little culture. That’s what living in NYC is all about, right? However, looking back at the day, I don’t feel so strongly about having my husband and boys there with me for the performance. I think it was more for me than it was for them.

But on the flip side, I’m thankful that everyone got to experience this wonderful event together. I know we will be talking about this day for years to come. It’s nice to know that all members of my family will know what my daughter is doing as she tries to dance like the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Have you seen The Nutcracker in NYC yet? Planning on making the trip? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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