We invite you to continue a tradition or create a new one with those you care about. Nutcracker is for everyone so whether it's with friends, family, co-workers or a special someone, attending our 75th Anniversary Celebration will be a spectacular experience.


  • Snow falling outside the Opera House, weather permitting!
  • NEW! A beautiful 75th anniversary commemorative program book
  • Festive décor and holiday lights, both in and around the Opera House—perfect for holiday photos
  • The dazzling SF Ballet Shop–a magical wonderland of gifts, ornaments, toys, accessories and nutcrackers from around the globe (Box seat level)
  • Booster seats for small children in the main Orchestra level (free of charge)
  • A live-feed family viewing area for those who need to step outside the auditorium
  • NEW! A commemorative memento as you depart–compliments of the season*


  • More than 150 costumed characters–from Clara and the Nutcracker Prince to mice, fairies, a Snow Queen and more!
  • Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live in full glory by the renowned SF Ballet Orchestra
  • Elaborate scenery and costumes by a Tony Award-winning design team

75th anniversary celebration on opening night

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 7 pm

Join us on Opening Night as we pay tribute to our many "Claras" of the past, along with other San Francisco Ballet School Alumni who have been part of SF Ballet's Nutcracker tradition from the very beginning!

Please note: Nutcracker is most magical for children 5 and older. No children under age 3 are allowed, including babes in arms. See Taking Kids to the Ballet for helpful hints, as well as our important ticket policy information.
*While supplies last


We're counting down 75 days to the 75th anniversary of the performance that launched an American holiday tradition with daily behind-the-scenes content, giveaways, trivia, games and activities, and more!

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Helgi Tomasson

Friends and Family Pricing

Save 20% single ticket prices when you purchase 4–10 tickets

Dec 13, 2:00 PM
Dec 15, 7:00 PM
Dec 18, 11:00 AM
Dec 18, 7:00 PM
Dec 19, 2:00 PM
Dec 19, 7:00 PM

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Total run time: 2 hours, including one 20 minute intermission

*Denotes role debut in current production
†Denotes debut in current production

Casting for upcoming performances will be announced as it becomes available and is subject to change.

Customize Your Experience

passport performances & VIP Box Experiences

Make your evening more special with treats, characters, and more at our Passport Performances. Or join us at our VIP Box Experiences for a reception at intermission.

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Nutcracker benefit Luncheon

At our Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon, savor a delightful meal and performance while supporting SF Ballet School and our community outreach programs.

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bring a Group

Share a sensational Nutcracker performance with your co-workers, friends, or family. When you purchase 20+ tickets on group-priced performances, you can save save 20% off single-ticket prices!

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Read the Synopsis

share the magic


San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary invites you to an exciting night celebrating the 75th Anniversary of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker. Join us for this holiday event and you will enjoy a night of specialty cocktails, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, music, and more. Explore & Purchase.


Share the magic of Nutcracker with families who otherwise couldn’t attend. Our Children's Enchantment Fund has made it possible for more than 30,000 children and their families to attend SF Ballet’s Nutcracker at no cost. Make a Donation.


Participate in the SF Firefighters Toy Program by bringing an unwrapped new toy or book for a child in need. Collection barrels are located in the Opera House lobby.

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

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.