Watch Nutcracker in San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula
Check out these Nutcrackers and holiday performances around San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula in 2018.
Beach Blanket Babylon Holiday Extravaganza – This long-running musical parody features iconic holiday characters including Christmas King Louis, Mr. Peanut Santa and a chorus of tap-dancing Christmas trees. Expect spoofs of pop culture and politicians and a legendary Yuletide hat. Nov. 18-Dec. 30. Ages 5-21 invited to attend Sun. matinees at 2pm and 5pm only. Under 5 not allowed. $30-155. Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Blvd. 415-421-4222.
Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets – This 50-minute performance features dance storytelling with live music. Dec. 8-23. Call for ticket prices. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. The group also performs a FREE 20-minute preview Nov. 29 at 10:30am at the Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave. 415-345-7575.
ODC Dance: Velveteen Rabbit – Known for their athleticism and passion, these dancers present a story about the enduring power of love. Nov. 24-Dec. 9. $15-100. Milk and cookies party is Nov. 25. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St. 415-978- 2787.
San Francisco Ballet: The Nutcracker – The first Nutcracker in the United States premiered in San Francisco in 1944. This favorite holiday production features snowflakes, dancing flowers and a little girl who dreams about a whole new world. For ages 3 and up only. Dec. 12-29. $39-420. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. 415-865-2000.
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band Dance-Along Nutcracker – This year’s theme will be Nutcrackers of the Caribbean. As usual, when the “Dance Along” sign flashes, the audience can tug on tutus and pirouette with the cast to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music. Dec. 8-9. $30 adults, $18 children, students and seniors. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St. 415-255-1355.
San Francisco Opera: It’s a Wonderful Life – This is the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s new work and is based on Frank Capra’s beloved film starring Jimmy Stewart. Nov. 17-Dec. 9. $26-270. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. 415-864-3330.
San Francisco Symphony: Deck the Hall – This concert features festive favorites, an audience sing-along and appearances by holiday characters plus entertainment, arts and crafts and refreshments after the show. Sun., Dec. 2. 11am and 3pm. $46-66. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. 415-864-6000.
San Francisco Symphony: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Listen to the orchestra perform Danny Elfman’s quirky score while watching the film about Jack Skellington’s plot to take over Christmas. Nov. 30-Dec. 6. $80-160. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. 415-864-6000.
San Francisco Symphony: ’Twas the Night – Sing to seasonal tunes and listen to performances by the orchestra’s brass players, singers from the chorus and a Ruffatti organ. Sun., Dec. 23. 7:30pm. $25-79. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. 415-864-6000.
Smuin Ballet: The Christmas Ballet – This show is set to holiday tunes and features an array of dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz and swing. A highlight is “Santa Baby,” featuring a 42-foot-long feather boa. Dec. 13-24. $25-89. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St. 415-912-1899.
Bethlehem, A.D – Visit the town of Bethlehem on the night that changed history. See shepherds, kings, angels, live sheep and camels, and a special baby. Dec. 21-23. 6-9:30pm. FREE. 1305 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. 650-368-3821, ext. 1302.
Hillbarn Theatre: A Christmas Carol – Broadway heavy-hitters Alan Menken Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s Little Mermaid and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) breathe new life into this musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens tale. Nov. 29-Dec. 16. $25-52. 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. 650-349-6411.
Peninsula Ballet Theatre: Nutcracker Sweet – This condensed version of the classic holiday ballet is designed for children ages 3-6. Dec. 1-16. Call for ticket prices. Studio One, 1880 S. Grant St., San Mateo. 650-342-3262.
Peninsula Ballet Theatre: Nutcracker – This full-length holiday ballet features 125 costumed characters. Dec. 22-29. Call for ticket prices. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. 650-369-7770.
Peninsula Ballet Theatre: Hip Hop Nutcracker – This show features 17 hip hop artists from The Tribe and Poise’n. Instead of going to Candy Land in her dreams, Clara goes to Hip Hop Land. Dec. 21-29. Call for prices. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. 650-369-7770.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus: For the Beauty of the Earth – From the fun and syncopated “Deck the Halls” to Wendell Whalum’s joyful West Indian “De Mornin’ Come,” these performances honor composers who have praised nature’s gifts. The concert concludes with traditional carols and a sing-along. Sat., Dec. 1. 5pm. $12-29 in advance, $15-32 at the door. First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave. Other concerts Dec. 2 in Redwood City and Dec. 9 in San Francisco. 650-342-8785.
Marin Dance Theatre: Sophie and the Enchanted Toy Shop – Experience the magic of this holiday tradition. Sat., Dec. 15. 1pm and 5:30pm. $40 adults, $32 seniors and students. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-499-6800.
Marin Symphony: Holiday Choral Concerts by Candlelight – Kick off the holiday season by lighting a candle, singing and sharing the glow of the holidays. Sat., Dec. 1. 7:30pm. Sun., Dec. 2. 4pm. $32 general admission, $20 youth 6-17. Church of Saint Raphael, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael, 1104 Fifth Ave. 415-479-8100.
Marin Symphony: Holiday Pops Concert – Hear beloved holiday pop classics, traditional carols and favorite themes. Program includes special guests, sing-alongs and complimentary treats. Tue., Dec. 11. 7pm. $20-85. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-473-6800.
PAAM Holiday Spectacular – This event features classic melodies, dynamic choreography and a reimagined presentation by the Performing Arts Academy of Marin’s original production A Scarf in Union Square. Sat., Dec. 1. 7pm. $22. Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-473- 6800.
Singers Marin: ’Tis the Season – Seven youth and adult choral ensembles fill the audience with the holiday spirit. Sun., Dec. 16. 4pm. $25-40, children half price. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-473- 6800.
Stapleton Ballet: The Nutcracker – This production features inspired dancing and beautifully crafted sets and costumes. Dec. 1-2. 1pm and 5pm. Call for ticket prices. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-454-5759.
Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice – This concert features Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman, guitarist Alex DiGrassi, longtime artist Barbara Higbie, and Marin County-based guitarist Todd Boston. Fri., Dec. 21. 8 pm. $25-65. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-473-6800.