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Boston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is a visual marvel of shimmering snowflakes, glittering fairies, toys and sweets that come to life, and a tree that grows before your eyes.

> 285 — Number of dancers in the show, which includes:

68 — Company dancers

217 — Boston Ballet students

> 16 feet 11 inches — Height of the onstage Christmas tree before it "grows"

> 42 feet 6 inches — Height of the tree after it grows

> 600 — Number of ornaments on the tree

> 40,000 — Square footage of Boston Ballet's warehouse in Newburyport, where most of the props are made


> 182 — Number of costumes used in each performance

> 350 — Approximate number of costumes made for the production's multiple casts

> 2,000 — Yards of netting and tulle used to make the costumes

> 250 — Number of hand-tied tacks on each tutu

> 3,600 — Number of jewels on the bodices and tutus of the Sugar Plum and Dew Drop Fairy costumes

> 200,000 — Number of jewels adorning the costumes

“Son of a nutcracker!” — Will Ferrell as Buddy in “Elf”
“Son of a nutcracker!” — Will Ferrell as Buddy in “Elf”Alan Markfield/New Line Productions

Sources: Boston Ballet; IMDB