Updated on Nov. 17 at 6:45 p.m.: Congrats to Mariclaire Ferrone, who says she “loves climbing into the car with a nice hot chocolate (milkshake for the kids) and driving around to see the holiday lights.” You’ve won the four tickets! I’ll be in touch to arrange the details. Thanks to everyone for sharing holiday traditions here, and thanks to the Fox Valley Nutcracker for making this giveaway possible!
Do you feel that chill in the air? Did you see the snow flurries? Yep, it’s time to get ready for the holidays, and one of my own family’s traditions is seeing a production of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker” every year.
One great option is the Fox Valley Ballet’s production of “The Fox Valley Nutcracker” being performed Nov. 25-26 over Thanksgiving weekend at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. This show will feature lavish sets, festive costumes, exciting choreography and Tchaikovsky’s magical score – plus young dancers from more than 20 dance studios throughout the western suburbs of Chicago, guest stars from the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and Ballet 5:8!
I have four tickets to give away to one lucky Go West reader. I’ll tell you about how you win the tickets in a moment, but first a bit more about the show.
Performances are Saturday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $40 and can be purchase online here or by calling the box office at 630-937-8930.
The show is being put on by Fox Valley Ballet, a 501(c3) organization with a mission to bring the joy and artistry of dance to the Fox Valley region through pre-professional ballet training and performances.
“Our biggest goal this year was to bring together the large community of many talented young dancers, and we did just that,” said Ashlie Andersen, the artistic director of the Fox Valley Nutcracker. “We have nearly 100 cast members this year, including students and professional dancers, and we pride ourselves on bringing an elaborate, upscale production to the western suburbs of Chicago that includes everything from moving sets, aerial work and professional guest performers. The production this year will include additions to our sets, flying effects and some special surprises for the audience to enjoy!”
But for Ashlie and her dancers, this is more than just a performance. She’ll be taking several of the lead characters from the “Nutcracker” to visit children in the pediatric unit at Central DuPage Hospital and hand out gifts a few days before Christmas. They will also visit the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield to dance excerpts from the show and cook a meal for the families there.
Sounds like the kind of production you want to support, right?
So now about those free tickets! I have four free tickets to give away to one lucky Go West reader. The tickets are for the 7 p.m. show on Saturday, Nov. 25. To enter, all you have to do is answer the following question: What is your family’s favorite holiday tradition?
Remember to leave your email so we can contact you if you win. The winning comment will be picked using random.org.
For a 2nd entry, you can share news of this giveaway on a social media outlet of your choice. Just come back here and let us know where you shared it, and earn your 2nd entry. Again, please leave your email.
Giveaway starts now and will end at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, Nov. 16. Winning reader must respond to an email alerting her by noon central time on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in order to collect tickets.
Here’s the fine print: No purchase necessary. Offer subject to availability. Offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer. There is a maximum of two entries per person. Tickets are not transferable. Contest will end at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Winner will be picked at random by random.org. If the winner does not respond to an email alerting them by noon on Nov. 21, Go West Young Mom has the right to choose another winner via random.org. Open to U.S. residents 18 and older. Tickets are for the Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. performance and will be available for pick-up at the box office. Prize is valued at about $108.
Remember, just answer the question in the comment section below and leave your email so we can let you know if you win: What is your family’s favorite holiday tradition?
Thank you to the Fox Valley Ballet for making this giveaway possible. Here’s hoping your family has a sweet (as a sugarplum) holiday season!