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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.

This holiday season, join us as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world in a Nutcracker that is as unique as it is magical. And it's only at SF Ballet. 

Enhance Your Experience

Want to make Nutcracker even more magical? Join us for our VIP Box Experience and Passport Performances for private receptions and fun activities.

 

"This has become a tradition for our family and is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. The holiday decor at the War Memorial plays a big role in this."
– Nutcracker Attendee

 

Please note: No children under age 3, including babes in arms. Everyone entering the Opera House, regardless of age, must have a ticket, and children must be seated with an accompanying adult. No lap sitting.
Handy Guide to Taking Kids to the Ballet.

Runtime: 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission

VIP Box Experience and
Passport Performances

Want to make Nutcracker even more magical? Enhance your experience by joining us for our VIP Box Experience and Passport Performances for private receptions and fun activities.

 

Explore the World of 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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Hear What People are Saying about Nutcracker

"We had excellent seats in the dress circle and that made it especially enjoyable. We also enjoy pre-ordering Champagne for intermission!"

"The choreography and the dancing were both incredibly fabulous. I loved every minute."


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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12/15: Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon

Return to the Land of Dreams! Building on the immense success of the last two years sold out events, the Nutcracker Luncheon returns to San Francisco City Hall’s North Light Court for a lovely lunch followed by a delicious array of sweets.

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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.


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

The Official Bakery of Nutcracker
Miette

Passport Performance Treats Provided by
Smashmallow


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.