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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.



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.

12/15: Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon

Journey with us to the Land of Dreams for the 2019 Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon. This year marks the 75th anniversary of San Francisco Ballet’s magical Nutcracker. To mark this momentous anniversary, this year will be extra special, with fantastic surprises in store for guests.

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11/3: Exploring Nutcracker

In celebration of that anniversary, join Nutcracker expert Jennifer Fisher, PhD, members of the original 1944 Nutcracker cast, and Claras from throughout the years for a one-day event diving into the history and legacy of this iconic ballet.

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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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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

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Support Our Community

Share the magic of Nutcracker. 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.

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Support San Francisco Firefighter Toy Program by providing new toys and books for children in need by bringing an unwrapped new toy or book to your Nutcracker performance.

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.