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.
San Francisco Ballet’s sparkling production of Nutcracker, set here in our own “City by the Bay,” has introduced audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet. This holiday season, experience the beauty and athleticism of SF Ballet’s international cast of world-class dancers in Nutcracker, a San Francisco tradition since 1944.
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Nutcracker is best enjoyed by children ages 5 and older. Out of courtesy to your fellow audience members, SF Ballet requests no infants or toddlers, please. All persons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter.
Help a Child See the Nutcracker
This Christmas, send a child to the ballet. Created in 1992, San Francisco Ballet’s
Children's Enchantment Fund (CHEF) provides under-served children and families
the opportunity to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker free of charge –
and you can help.
Find Out How You Can Help >>
The Herbert Family
The Swanson Foundation
Yurie and Carl Pascarella
The Smelick Family
Get out your tablet and interact with SF Ballet’s magical production through our new tablet application! Designed for children ages 6-10 and their families, the app allows users to experience SF Ballet’s production of Nutcracker through illustrations and storytelling, and learn about the world of classical dance and music.