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A Uniquely San Francisco Nutcracker

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

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. 


 VIP and  Added Value Options Available


"S.F. Ballet’s opening night of ‘Nutcracker’ is a plum."
– SF Gate


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.

Runtime: 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission
Header Image: Koto Ishihara in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

VIP Box Experience

Patrons in Box Suites enjoy the best seats in the house, plus a private reception at intermission with complimentary sweets, beverages, and special gifts for the children in your party. Order early to secure all six to eight seats in your private Box Suite.

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Passport Performances

Look out for Passport Performances! Each Passport Performance has a festive theme, with fun activities throughout the opera house, giveaways, and special refreshments.

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Group Discounts

Groups of 20+ can save 20% and get access to tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Group tickets don’t go on sale until July, but you can contact me now to receive information about pricing and availability. Groups have more fun when they’re celebrating the holidays with a pre-performance reception. Your family, friends, and coworkers will enjoy this uniquely San Francisco Nutcracker.

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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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Scenic Design

  • Michael Yeargan

Costume Design

  • Martin Pakledinaz

Lighting Design

  • James F. Ingalls

Projection Design

  • Wendall K. Harrington


Lead Sponsors
  • The Herbert Family
  • The Swanson Foundation
  • Yurie and Carl Pascarella
  • Kathleen Scutchfield
  • The Smelick Family
Official Airline of Nutcracker
  • United Airlines