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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 Family 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

Holiday Date Night

Surprise a special someone this December by adding a Holiday Date Night package to your Nutcracker tickets. Come early to nibble pre-performance light bites at the Opera House, then celebrate with sparkling wine and sweets at intermission. 

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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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Group Discounts

Create an unforgettable experience for you and your friends and family. Extend the holiday spirit and attend December 26 – 30 for best availability and you save 20%. It’s not too late to book your group.

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Send a Family in Need to Nutcracker

Our heart goes out to all our North Bay neighbors who are suffering as a result of the recent fires, and so this year we have an added focus. We’re coordinating with North Coast Opportunities and Santa Rosa Dance Theatre to extend Children’s Enchantment Fund’s (CHEF) reach to children and families who were affected by the fires, in the hopes of bringing joy to a challenging holiday season.

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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