Nutcracker Pre-Performance Information

Nutcracker Pre-Performance Information

Here's What You Need to Know to Plan Your Trip

We're looking forward to seeing you at Nutcracker! Here are some helpful tips for making the most of your experience!


San Francisco Ballet is regularly reviewing all aspects of the War Memorial Opera House experience to ensure that audiences, artists, and staff members are able to safely return to experience live, in-person performances by the Ballet with confidence. Health and safety are our priority, and we are working in consultation with medical and public health experts to closely follow guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of California, and the City and County of San Francisco.

Masks are required for everyone at all times, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the War Memorial Opera House.

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Opera House Dining Options

Opera House Dining

Whether you're looking for a pre-performance meal, a festive glass of champagne at intermission, or a light snack, Global Gourmet Catering, the Opera House's exclusive food and beverage services provider has you covered.

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getting here

The War Memorial Opera House is BARTable—the nearest BART station is conveniently located at Civic Center Station, a 10-minute walk from the Opera House.

We encourage you to take public transit, but the Opera House is close to several nearby parking garages.

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Our Neighborhood

Hayes Valley is just steps away from the Opera House with plenty of great dining spots and boutique stores.

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Make the most of your nutcracker experience

Taking Kids to the Ballet?

Questions about bringing your children to the Ballet? Check out these helpful tips to make your performance enjoyable for all. Read also our Six Tips for a Dreamy Nutcracker with Kids.

Visit the Shop

Visit The Ballet Shop on the Mezzanine level of the Opera House pre-show and during intermission.

Photo Ops

There are many interesting areas to take photos throughout the Opera House including the large columns in the main lobby, the loggia, and the beautiful chandelier in the auditorium. For Nutcracker, there are photo stations with holiday backgrounds on most levels.

More questions? Check out our FAQ page for answers.

Explore nutcracker

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson


The Ultimate Guide to Nutcracker so you know what to look for when you're in the audience.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson


Listen to Tchaikovsky's beautiful score on your way to the theater on Spotify.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson


Trace the history over 75 years and learn how Nutcracker became an American tradition right here in San Francisco.

Nutcracker Word Search

Nutcracker from Backstage