The Nutcracker Family Dinner Hosts its Annual Event at the Palmer House


A cherished tradition of fun and entertainment…the annual Nutcracker Family Dinner.

Families gathered on Saturday, December 15 at the Auditorium Theatre for a performance of the Joffrey’s Nutcracker, celebrating its 25th anniversary, then at the Palmer House for dinner and festivities.

Joffrey Ballet’s Woman’s Board co-chairs Carol Stone and Laura Kofoid welcomed over 500 guests to the Palmer House for the annual Nutcracker Family Dinner. The event was held from 4-7PM. and included a family-style dinner. Guests attended a performance of the Nutcracker at either 2 or 7PM. Trolleys transported guests back and forth from the hotel to the auditorium. Festivities included face painting, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, candy from Candyality, with the highlight of the evening being a magician. Kids lined up to see the magic unfold before their eyes. Every child received a Nutcracker t-shirt personalized with their own name.

Visit the Joffrey’s store online to purchase unique nutcrackers and ornaments.

Photo credit (Nutcracker Family Dinner): Kasia Jarosz

Photo credit (The Nutcracker Ballet): Herbert Migdoll


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.