Nutcracker Returns to SF Ballet

Single tickets to Nutcracker and the 2023-24 Season go on sale Wednesday, September 20

San Francisco Ballet’s (SF Ballet’s) Nutcracker returns to the War Memorial Opera House December 13–30 with special performances including the second-annual Sensory Friendly Performance and school-time performances for young children.

Set in early 20th century San Francisco, Nutcracker features choreography by Helgi Tomasson, scenic design by Tony Award winner Michael Yeargan, costume design by Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by James F. Ingalls, and projection design by Wendall K. Harrington. As the first American company to present a full-length production of Nutcracker in 1944, SF Ballet paved the way for the work to become an American holiday classic.

School-Time Performances for Young Audiences, December 14 & 19 at 11am
SF Ballet will provide free and reduced-price tickets to its SF Unified School District partner elementary schools and other Bay Area public school groups for Nutcracker performances on December 14 and 19 at 11am. This mid-morning performance is great for young audiences and school groups. Half of the approximately 3000-seat Opera House will be reserved as fully or partially subsidized tickets for school groups, while the remaining tickets will be available to the general public. Teachers and K-12 school administrators interested in these performances may reach out to to request tickets.

Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon: Land of Dreams, December 16 at 12pm
Chaired by SF Ballet Board of Trustees member Alexandra Newman, the annual fundraising luncheon held at Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall includes crafts and activities, appearances from Nutcracker characters, and the opportunity to take part in a post-performance, on-stage snowfall. Proceeds from this event support SF Ballet’s education, training, and community programming, including our continued partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs, which began with the Don Fisher Clubhouse in 2015 and has since grown to include fourteen clubhouses in San Francisco. Tickets to the event range from $1,500 to $25,000; more information can be found here.

Sensory Friendly Performance, December 30 at 11am
Presented in collaboration with Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, SF Ballet’s second-annual Sensory Friendly Performance includes special accommodations to Nutcracker and the theater-going experience to make neurodiverse audiences feel welcome to experience this magical holiday tradition in a relaxed, inclusive, and accepting environment.

SF Ballet Community Partnerships
SF Ballet will partner with local chocolate maker Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco Zoo, and the San Francisco Proper Hotel this holiday season. More details will be announced in the fall.

Nutcracker Tickets
Single tickets to Nutcracker start at $25 and 2023–24 Season performances start at $29 and go on sale online and by phone September 20 at 10am. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticket Services at 415-865-2000, open Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. A service charge applies and prices are subject to change.