Sendak’s Nutcracker returns to North Beach

In case you haven’t heard, the Nutcracker is back in Crown Hill.

John Carrington’s annual display features larger-than-life installations from the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s former Nutcracker production. The props once stood in the lobby during performances of the Maurice Sendak’s unique production of the Nutcracker. The PNB retired Sendak’s production in 2014, and George Balanchine’s took over in 2015. Carrington is a harpist for the PNB, and was able to acquire the old props when they were replaced.

In addition to a 15-foot Nutcracker, Carrington also has the Mouse King, Godfather Drosselmeyer, and Fritz all lit up in his front yard.

Oh So Ballard visited the display earlier this week and shared the below photos on Instagram.

“I just thought rather than have them in the storage warehouse why not bring them out and give them some neighborhood enjoyment!” Carrington told King 5.

To see it for yourself, head over to Carrington’s home on Loyal Ave NW north of NW 87th St. near the corner of NW 90th St and Loyal Ave NW.

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