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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. 

Runtime: 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission
Header Image: Koto Ishihara in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson
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“Five seasons after the unveiling of Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson’s luxurious production, the verdict is clear:  This is one of the best Nutcrackers in the country and, by my estimation, the most visually elegant.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Music: Tchaikovsky

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer during music’s Romantic period, is best known for his ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker, as well as the dramatic 1812 Overture.

Family Performances

The first 500 children to arrive (ages 12 and under) receive a special gift and everyone enjoys complimentary beverages and treats at intermission. For 30 minutes only, starting one hour prior to curtain, Nutcracker characters are available for photos. Arrive early and bring your camera.

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Holiday Date Night

Surprise a special someone this holiday season. Indulge with pre-performance light bites at the Opera House—plus sparkling wine and sweets at intermission—all for one special price.

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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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Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon: Land of Dreams

Journey to the Land of Dreams. Meet a real Sugar Plum Fairy. Savor a delightful lunch and sweet treats. And enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting SF Ballet’s world-class education and training programs.

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Group Discounts

Let us create an unforgettable experience for you and your friends and family. When you buy tickets as a group you save big and enjoy concierge-level service from our Group Sales Representative.

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Scenic Design

  • Michael Yeargan

Costume Design

  • Martin Pakledinaz

Lighting Design

  • James F. Ingalls

Projection Design

  • Wendall K. Harrington

Send a Child to Nutcracker

Created in 1992, SF Ballet’s Children's Enchantment Fund provides underserved children and their families with the opportunity to see SF Ballet’s Nutcracker free of charge—and you can help.

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Let's Dance Family Workshops

Bring the kids, and be prepared to move. Let’s Dance Family Workshops provide an opportunity for parents and their kids to bond at the barre. Your kids will have fun moving to music in this hour-long interactive workshop that introduces basic ballet moves and provides a fast-paced overview of the music, choreography and characters encountered in ballet.

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Lead Sponsors
  • The Herbert Family
  • The Swanson Foundation
  • Yurie and Carl Pascarella
  • Kathleen Scutchfield
  • The Smelick Family
Official Airline of Nutcracker
  • United Airlines
Media Sponsors
  • KGO-TV
  • San Francisco Chronicle
Official Bakery of Nutcracker
  • Miette