Please note: Nutcracker tickets go on sale to the general public on August 30, 2016 and are currently available only to 2017 Season subscribers, select donors, and groups of 20 or more.

To organize a group, visit the Group Discounts tab.

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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Age Recommendation

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

Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon

Sunday, December 11, 2016

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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  • Lead Sponsors

    The Herbert Family
    The Swanson Foundation

  • Sponsors

    Yurie and Carl Pascarella
    Kathleen Scutchfield
    The Smelick Family

  • Official Airline of Nutcracker

    United Airlines

SF Ballet Nutcracker Interactive
      Storybook App

SF Ballet Nutcracker Interactive Storybook App

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.

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Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

2016 Nutcracker Pre-Sale
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker. (© Erik Tomasson)

Subscribers,  donors of $200+, and patrons with a valid promo code have special access to Nutcracker tickets. Please click the "Buy Tickets" button below.

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For additional questions call Ticket Services.

415 865 2000

Monday – Friday
10am – 4pm

On performance days, the phones open at 10am and stay open until the performance begins.