Watch Nutcracker in Silicon Valley
Check out these Nutcrackers and holiday performances around Silicon Valley in 2018:
20 Harps for the Holidays – Los Altos United Methodist Church’s 20th annual holiday concert of festive harp music. A special for 2018 is a guest performance from highly acclaimed harpist Anna Maria Mendieta. Sat., Dec. 4. 4pm. $12-15. 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos Hills.
A Doo Wop Christmas – The Doo Wop Project takes its one-of-a-kind musical sound and vocal excellence to recreate and reimagine popular music and holiday favorites. Tue., Dec. 18. 8pm. $39 and up. Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.
Bay Ballet Academy’s The Nutcracker – The whole family will enjoy this full-length ballet featuring beautiful dancing by skilled professionals in magnificent costumes and with lush sets. Nov. 30-Dec. 1. 6:30pm Fri., 1:30 and 4:30pm Sat. $30. Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose.
Carols in the California – Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale presents its 14th annual holiday sing-along of holiday favorites with its fantastic choir and brass ensemble. Sat., Dec. 15. 7pm. $26-36. California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose.
Elf The Musical – A cast of kids ages 8-15 star in this CMT Rising Stars production about an unusual elf named Buddy adjusting to life in New York City after being raised in the North Pole. Nov. 9-18. $15-20. Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St., San Jose.
The Elves and the Shoemaker – Peninsula Youth Theatre actors perform a classic folk tale of two elves out to help a poor shoemaker. Dec. 7-8. 7:30pm Fri., 11:30am and 1:30pm Sat. $10-12. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Holiday With the Pops – The California Pops’ holiday show is full of pop hits and traditional favorites. Kids in the audience will love the sing-along near the end. Sun., Dec. 2. 3pm. $20 and up. Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.
An Irish Christmas – Let an award-winning cast of traditional Irish dancers lead you on a musical journey through Christmas in Ireland. Thu., Dec. 20. 7pm. $25-60. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
JOY! – Tandy Beal & Company kick off the holiday season with a holiday show with circus, dance and musical performances. Nov. 23-Dec. 2. UCSC Theater Arts Center Mainstage Theater, Santa Cruz. Dec. 7-9. Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose.
Los Gatos Ballet's Nutcracker – Enter a world of magic and join Clara as she celebrates with friends and family. Experience the suspenseful battle with the Mouse King. Dec. 7-9. 7:30pm Fri., 2 and 7:30pm Sat., 2pm Sun. $35-55. Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.
Merit Scholars Holiday Concert – The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) invites the public to a holiday performance by outstanding music students. Sat., Dec. 15. 5pm. FREE. CSMA Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker – This holiday performance for families features magical toys, falling snow, growing Christmas trees, the feather-winged dove of peace and astounding ballet moves. Sun., Dec. 17. 3 and 7pm. $28 and up. Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.
My Very First Nutcracker – Special one-hour classical ballet presentation of The San Jose Nutcracker suitable for the youngest audiences. Dec. 15-16 and 22-24. 11am. $12.50 and up. Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk, San Jose.
A Nat KIng Cole Christmas Featuring Evan Tyrone Martin – Martin warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of the legendary Cole as he sings favorites like “L-O-V-E” and “The Christmas Song.” Nov. 30-Dec. 1. 8pm Fri., 4pm and 8pm Sat. $60. Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk, San Jose.
Navidad Mexicana – Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – the first all-female mariachi band in the U.S. when it formed in 1994 – performs a holiday-themed show. Sun., Dec. 9. 7pm. $36.75-60. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz.
Pacific Ballet's Nutcracker – Be greeted by dancers from the Land of Sweets at this annual show about young Clara’s journey and her Nutcracker Prince. Nov. 23-25. 6pm Fri., 1 and 6pm Sat., 12:30 and 4pm Sun. $26-30. Special shows for children ages 3 and older are Fri., Nov. 23. Act I only at 12pm. Act II only at 2pm. $15. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree With Darci Lynne and Friends – Singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, at only 12 years old, is one of the youngest contestants to ever win America’s Got Talent. Sun., Nov. 25. 3pm. $29.75-99.75. City National Civic Theater, 135 W. San Carlos St.
San Jose Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker – This performance tells the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince with stunning costumes, dazzling sets and music. The longest-running Nutcracker in the South Bay with more than 50 seasons. Dec. 7-9, 14-16. See website for showtimes. $32-65. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose.
The San Jose Nutcracker – Presented in partnership with History San Jose, this version of the classical holiday ballet is uniquely San Jose. Experience the well-loved story of Clara and the Nutcracker with historical references to heritage that has made Santa Clara Valley the center of innovation it is today. Dec. 14-16, 21-24. 7pm Fri., 2pm Sat.-Mon. $19 and up. Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk, San Jose.
Santa Cruz Ballet – More than 70 local dancers will perform in concert with the 52-piece Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra in the 17th season of the dance company’s Nutcracker. Dec. 21-23. 8pm Fri., 1 and 4pm Sat.-Sun. Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz.
Schola Cantorum’s Annual Holiday Concert – A 60-voice community chorus presents an afternoon of holiday music arranged by British composer John Rutter. Sun., Dec. 16. 3pm. $19-33. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Smuin Presents The Christmas Ballet – Smuin makes the holidays sizzle with its annual yuletide celebration of dance. With a stunning and original array of ballet, tap and jazz, this joyous showcase of styles is set to holiday tunes, with the surprise unwrapping of new treats every year. Dec. 5-9. 7:30pm Wed.-Fri., 2 and 7:30pm Sat., 7:30pm Sun. $25-$86. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Snow Queen – When the Snow Queen’s spell captures a young boy, his best friend sets out on a quest to save him. A journey filled with whimsy and intrigue, friends and foes, this beautiful original youth ballet will take you on a magical journey where true love and enduring friendship overcome evil. Dec. 14-15. 7pm Fri., 2pm Sat. $30-50. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
South Bay Holiday Gospel Concert – The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, an award-winning interfaith, multicultural group of individuals united in their love of black gospel and spiritual music, performs holiday favorites. Fri., Dec. 21. 7:30-10pm. $28-36. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. .
Western Ballet's Nutcracker – Join Clara, Fritz and friends as they celebrate with toys that come alive. Nov. 30-Dec. 2. 7pm Fri., 1 and 7pm Sat., 1pm Sun. $28-33. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Uptown Holiday Swing – This musical brings the sounds of uptown New York to downtown San Jose for the holidays. With a cast of nine singers and dancers – and a different local big band each weekend – this show celebrates the holidays big band style. Come 20 minutes early for a free swing dance lesson. Period attire admired, not required. Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Check for showtimes. $38-48. Tabard Theatre, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose.