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Neighborhood Nutcracker

Episode: 207b
Air Date: December 17, 2014
Previous Episode: 207a - Daniel's Winter Adventure
Next Episode: 208a - It's Love Day
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Daniel Tiger is ready to go with his dad to see a special performance of the Nutcracker ballet. Before they leave, Mom Tiger tells Daniel the story of the Nutcracker so he knows what to expect at the ballet.

Daniel make-believes that he is dancing with his own toys which have come to life along with the characters from the Nutcracker.

When Daniel and his dad meet up with O the Owl and X the Owl at the Enchanted Garden, O is somewhat overwhelmed by all of the noise and excitement. X encourages O to hold someone's hand and take things a step at a time. Feeling support from his uncle, O is able to recognize the things that make him uneasy and feels more comfortable.

Daniel is called backstage by Katerina Kittycat who explains that Prince Wednesday is sick and cannot play the part of the Nutcracker. When Daniel is asked to step in, he is nervous at first but then learns the part a little bit at a time. Daniel and Katerina then put on a wonderful performance of the ballet for their family and friends.


  • "If something seems hard to do, try it a little bit at a time."


Appearing In This Episode

Live Action Segment

The live action segment following this episode includes a girl visiting a ballet studio before watching a live performance of the Nutcracker.



Before going to the ballet, Mom Tiger tells Daniel about the Nutcracker. Daniel recognizes this as a lesson he's learned before from his parents: "When we do something new, let's talk about what we'll do." This strategy was the focus of Episode 102.

The storyline from this episode is featured in the book Daniel and the Nutcracker.

This episode is featured on the DVD Daniel's Winter Wonderland.



Episode Credits

Story by Angela C. Santomero and Becky Friedman
Written by Jill Cozza Turner
Created by Angela C. Santomero
Based on the work of Fred Rogers

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