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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. 



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
Featured Artist


De Sola

Artist Profile

“There’s nothing more quintessentially Christmas than the Nutcracker...definitely go see SF Ballet’s performance.”


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 4-12) 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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Taking Kids to the Ballet

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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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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Nutcracker Interactive Storybook App

The magic of Nutcracker at your fingertips. Watch our production unfold page-by-page in an illustrated storybook that incorporates interactive animations and fun behind-the-scenes videos. Interactive animation brings the characters to life—with a tap, make the Nutcracker raise his sword against the Mouse King and the Sugarplum Fairy begin her dance.

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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