In the Bay Area, you can find a performance of the Nutcracker everywhere you turn. The editors at SFkids have compiled this list to help you sort through the holiday offerings. Take your pick, or catch more than one performance. Make reservations now and don't miss at least one of these holiday treats.
San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker
Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonderment of this stunning production that played to unanimous critical acclaim and sold-out audiences in its first two seasons.
Shows daily from December 7 to 28 (except December 10, 17, and 25). Visit the website for tickets and more information. Bring an unwrapped new toy or unused book for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program.
$35–$310 per person
War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue. (415) 865-2000.
City Ballet School Nutcracker
City Ballet School presents Nutcracker with classical Russian Vaganova-based training, choreographed by the finest teachers, and modeled after Artistic Director Galina Alexandrova's own training at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow.
December 8 at 2pm and 7pm; December 9 at 2pm
$20, $25, $35 per person
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street. (415) 626-8878.
The Dance-Along Nutcracker at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol gets nutty! This is the most fun your kids will have this holiday season! Get all dressed up and join the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band for the show that mixes Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with tutu rentals, a costumed Sousa band, and an audience of Sugar Plum wannabes.
$25–$50 per adult, $16 per child or senior
701 Mission Street (at 3rd Street). (415) 255-1355.
San Francisco Youth Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker
SFYBT offers an annual specially-priced holiday performance for community and family based organizations.
Performances are on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16.
$23–$25 per person
Mercy High School Theater, 3250 19th Avenue. (415) 731-2237.
Westlake School for the Performing Arts' Nutcracker at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
See a full-length performance of Nutcracker by one of the Bay Area’s finest dance and performing arts academies.
Saturday, December 1, 6pm
Sunday, December 2, 2pm
Monday, December 3 (School Matinee), 10:30am
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon (at Bay). (650) 757-1244.
Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker at Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael
Marin Ballet's full-length production of the Nutcracker is the jewel in their performance crown. It is an event anticipated by dancers and the Marin community alike - no holiday season would be complete without it.
December 8, 1pm and 7pm
December 9, 1pm and 5pm
$39 per adult, $24 for seniors and children 18 and under
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. (415) 499-6800.
Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker at Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael
December 1 and 2, 1pm and 5pm
$32 per adult, $20 per student or senior
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.
The Nutcracker with The Puppet Company, Founders Room, Belvedere-Tiburon Library
Thursday, December 13, 4pm, FREE
1501 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon. (415) 789-2665.
Alameda Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker, Kofman Theater
Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 at 2pm
2200 Central Avenue, Alameda. (510) 337-1929.
Berkeley Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker at the Julia Morgan Theater
December 7–9, December 14–16; Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, Sundays at 2 pm
$27 in advance, $29 at the door
2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. (510) 843-4687.