On Christmas Eve, 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition.

San Francisco Ballet’s sparkling production of Nutcracker, set here in our own “City by the Bay,” has introduced audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet. This holiday season, experience the beauty and athleticism of SF Ballet’s international cast of world-class dancers in Nutcracker, a San Francisco tradition since 1944.

Nutcracker Calendar

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Age Recommendation

Nutcracker is best enjoyed by children ages 5 and older. Out of courtesy to your fellow audience members, SF Ballet requests no infants or toddlers, please. All persons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter.

Prices and casting are subject to change without notice. All sales are final. No refunds. Exchanges are subject to fees and restrictions. Tickets are for personal use and not for resale.

  • Lead Sponsors

    The Herbert Family
    The Swanson Foundation

  • Sponsors

    Yurie and Carl Pascarella
    Kathleen Scutchfield
    The Smelick Family

SF Ballet Nutcracker Interactive
      Storybook App

SF Ballet Nutcracker Interactive Storybook App

Get out your iPad and interact with SF Ballet’s magical production through our new iPad application! Designed for children ages 6-10 and their families, the app allows users to experience SF Ballet’s production of Nutcracker through illustrations and storytelling, and learn about the world of classical dance and music.

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Nutcracker Under the Dome

SF Ballet’s Nutcracker Under the Dome

This holiday season, visitors to Westfield San Francisco Centre’s historic Dome will see it transformed each evening into a state-of-the-art surround theater, with a free, six-minute animated 3D light spectacular, inspired by SF Ballet’s production of Nutcracker.

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Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson


For additional questions call Ticket Services


Monday – Friday
10 am – 4 pm

On performance days, the phones open at 10am and stay open until the performance begins.

Nutcracker Interactive Storybook
Nutcracker Interactive Storybook

Interact with San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker through our beautifully illustrated tablet app.
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