Nutcracker Performances Around the Bay

The San Jose Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker returns for its 56th year with waltzing flowers, menacing mice and brave soldiers.

Nutcracker Performances Around the Bay

Get tickets early. Many performances sell out.

After a year of shuttered stages, The Nutcracker is making a comeback at theaters throughout the Bay Area, from traditional productions to updated takes to family-friendly versions that are short and sweet. Most are being offered in person, but there are some online viewing options as well. Make sure to check COVID-19 protocols when buying tickets.

Ballet Petit's The Nutcracker. Dec. 4. Dancers of all ages will perform in this production of The Nutcracker, featuring beautiful sets, costumes and choreography. This classical ballet school has been performing The Nutcracker for 43 years and it has become a tradition for many East Bay families. 2 and 7 p.m. $25 adults, $20 seniors and kids under 12. Chabot College Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. balletpetit.com.

The Ballet Company of East County The Nutcracker. Dec. 17-19. The Ballet Company of East County returns with its 17th anniversary performance of The Nutcracker, in which Clara and her Nutcracker Prince take audiences on an adventure through the Land of Sweets. $22-30.El Campanile Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. brentwooddance.com.

Black Diamond Ballet’s Nutcracker. Dec. 10-12. Pittsburg’s professional ballet company returns to the stage with a full-length production of this favorite holiday tale. $30 adults, $25 seniors and veterans, $20 youth. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. blackdiamondballet.org.

Diablo Ballet The Nutcracker Suite. Nov. 12-13. Diablo Ballet’s 28th season opens with a full-length production of Julia Adam’s smash holiday hit. The live performances will be recorded and available online Dec. 3-12. Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Hoffman Theatre, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. diabloballet.org/nutcracker-suite.

Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker. Dec. 18 and 19. Join Oakland Ballet, the Oakland Symphony and the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir for this holiday tradition. Dec. 18 at 1 and 5 p.m.; Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. oaklandballet.org/performances-events/graham-lustigs-the-nutcracker.

Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker. Dec. 11-12. The classic returns. 1 and 5 p.m. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. marinballet.org/nutcracker-season-2021.

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets. Dec. 4-19. This unique 50-minute version of The Nutcracker is geared for families with young children and features a live, nine-piece chamber orchestra. $22.50-44.50. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco. mfdpsf.org/nutcracker-sweets.

New Ballet’s The San Jose Nutcracker. Dec. 18-22. The classic tale is transported to turn-of-the-century San Jose, with historic references highlighting the Santa Clara Valley as a birthplace of innovation. Younger audiences can choose My Very First Nutcracker, a shorter one-act performance that provides an introduction to the world of dance. $17 and up. California Theatre, 345 First St., San Jose. newballet.com.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker. Dec. 10-30. This magical holiday tradition, set at a 1915 San Francisco Christmas Eve party, returns to the stage at the restored War Memorial Opera House, marking the final season for Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. $19 and up. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. sfballet.org/productions/nutcracker.

San Francisco Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Dec. 4 and 5. San Francisco Youth Ballet presents the 20th annual production of the holiday classic, a full-length production geared to families featuring youth talent and professional guest artists. 2 and 6 p.m. $25-100. Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson St., San Francisco. sanfranciscoyouthballet.org.

San Jose Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker. Dec. 10-12, 17-19. The annual Christmas favorite returns for its 56th year with waltzing flowers, menacing mice and brave soldiers and, for the first time, a new extra-large Christmas tree that grows to more than 200 feet. VIP ticket holders get a behind-the-scenes look, a pre-show discussion and a Candy Kingdom party and meet-and-greet with the cast. $40-95. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose. sjdt.org/the-nutcracker.

Valley Dance Theatre The Nutcracker. Dec. 11-19. Valley Dance Theatre has been thrilling audiences with its rendition of this Christmas ballet for more than 30 years with elaborate sets, skilled dancers and beautiful costumes. For more Livermore Arts holiday events, visit livermorearts.org. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. livermorearts.org/event/the-nutcracker-2021.

Janine DeFao is an associate editor of Bay Area Parent.