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Interested in learning more about Nutcracker? Whether you’re coming for the first time or as part of longtime holiday traditions—with family, friends, a first date, or flying solo—you’ll find all you need to know here to help you make the most out of going to this magical holiday ballet.  

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Ultimate Guide to Nutcracker

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The Story of Nutcracker

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Nutcracker Who's Who

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Making the Most of Nutcracker

Enhance your Nutcracker experience with these guides and special events.

Six Steps to a Dreamy Nutcracker with Kids (with insider tips!)

Nutcracker Family Guide

VIP Box Experience

Passport Performance

Nutcracker Master Class

Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon

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Our holiday production extends beyond the stage and into the community.

Nutcracker on the Go: SF Ballet Visits UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

A Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker Experience

Send a Family in Need to Nutcracker

Our Children’s Enchantment Fund (CHEF) brings joyful new faces to our Nutcracker performances by distributing tickets to children who otherwise couldn’t attend. Through our partnership with Community Access Ticket Service, which identifies families served by nearly 400 social service agencies throughout the Bay Area, the Children's Enchantment Fund has helped more than 27,000 children and their families to attend San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker at no cost.  

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San Francisco Firefighters’ Toy Program

Join us in providing new toys and books for children in need by bringing an unwrapped new toy or book to your Nutcracker performance. Collection barrels will be in the lobby of the Opera House at your performance.

Group Tickets

Groups of 20+ receive 20% off select sections on group discounted performances. Share a sensational performance with friends and family.

Call 415 865 6785 Monday–Friday 10 am–4 pm, or email groups@sfballet.org.

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Scenic Design: Michael Yeargan
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Projection Design: Wendall K. Harrington

The Official Bakery of Nutcracker

Passport Performance Treats Provided by

The 2004 premiere of Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker was made possible by Lead Sponsors The Herbert Family and The Swanson Foundation, and Sponsors Yurie and Carl Pascarella, Kathleen Scutchfield, and The Smelick Family.