There is a lot to admire about The Nutcracker. There’s Tchaikovsky’s joyful score, the adorableness of wee little Clara, the toothache-inducing sets—but beyond the stage, there’s the audience. Guests of all ages are dressed in their holiday best, with some experiencing the magic of ballet for the very first time. For all these reasons and more, ballet companies still on hiatus due to the pandemic went on with the show, adapting the ballet into digital or socially distanced formats. To guide us through the best alternative Nutcrackers of the season—just as she’s toured young Clara around the Land of Sweets as the sugarplum fairy—is Tiler Peck, principal dancer at the New York City Ballet.