Nutcracker Performances Around the Bay

Get tickets early. Many performances sell out.

Silicon Valley

Bay Ballet Academy’s The Nutcracker – A full-length ballet featuring beautiful dancing by skilled professionals in magnificent costumes and with lush sets. Sat., Nov. 30. 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Sat. $30. Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Ave., 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. 20-22. Multiple showtimes. $31-65. McAfee Center for the Performing Arts, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga. 

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - A touring show with world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds. Sat., Nov. 9. 3 and 7pm. $33 and up. Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. Also: Thu.-Fri., Dec. 19-20. Multiple showtimes. $29 and up. California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. 

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.

Pacific Ballet Academy’s Nutcracker - The 29th annual showing of a local company’s production praised for its excellent choreography and dancers. Nov. 22-24. Multiple showtimes. Single act performances tailored for children are Nov. 23-24. A sensory friendly performance is Nov. 24. $26-30. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View. 

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s The Nutcracker - An enchanting holiday classic featuring the children’s theatre’s mainstage actors. Dec. 5-8. Multiple showtimes. $14-16. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 

San Jose Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker – The longest-running Nutcracker in the South Bay with more than 50 seasons. Dec. 6-8, 13-15. Multiple showtimes. $40-95. Half-price night Dec. 6. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.

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 Experience the well-loved story of Clara and the Nutcracker with historical references to heritage that has made Santa Clara Valley the center of innovation it is today.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. 14-24. Multiple showtimes. $19 and up. Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk, San Jose.

Santa Cruz Ballet’s The Nutcracker – More than 70 local dancers will perform in concert with the 52-piece Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Dec. 21-22. Multiple showtimes. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St. 

Western Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker - A family friendly holiday tradition filled with delight. Performance is approximately two hours long with a 15-minute intermission. Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Multiple showtimes. $28-33. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd. 

Marin, San Francisco, Peninsula

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets – This 50-minute magical and zany performance features dance storytelling with live music performed by a nine-piece orchestra. Dec. 7-27. $20.50-42.50.  Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan St., San Francisco. 415-345-7575.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. Tue., Nov. 5. 7pm. $29-175. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. 415-886-1929.

Nutcracker Circus Show – Dragon Productions Theatre Company presents this Christmas classic with a circus twist for all ages. Mon., Dec. 23 and Thu., Dec. 26, 7pm. Call for prices. 2120 Broadway, Redwood City.

Nutcracker Tea Party - All ages are welcome to this heartwarming and energetic performance of the Nutcracker. Enjoy afternoon tea and snacks while watching this performance featuring dancers from Redwood City's Academy of American Ballet. Sat., Nov. 2. 11am-12:30pm. $35 for one adult and one child; $15 for additional family member. Adult Community Center, 601 Chestnut St., San Carlos. 802-4328.

Ramon Moreno School of Ballet: The Nutcracker – Meet Clara, follow her through her dreamy adventures and meet the Nutcracker Prince and the Snow Queen. Dec. 6-8. Call for prices. Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. 650-304-1909.

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. 11-29. $25-439. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.  415-865-2000.

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band Dance-Along Nutcracker – This year’s theme will be Nutcrackers in Space. As usual, when the "Dance Along" sign flashes, the audience is invited to tug on their tutus and pirouette with the cast to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music. Dec. 7-8. Call for ticket prices. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. 415-255-1355.

Stapleton Ballet: Nutcracker - Now in its 31st year, this production features inspired dancing, exquisite costumes and lavish sets. Sat., Dec. 7 and Sun., Dec. 8. 1pm. Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

East Bay

Alameda Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker – Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a magical journey. Sat., Dec. 21. 2 and 7pm. Sun., Dec. 22. 2pm. $34-38 adults, $24-28 youths under age 18. Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. 510-337-1929. 

Ballet Petit’s Nutcracker – See dancers of all ages perform in this 41st annual presentation, showcasing current students as well as multiple generations of returning alumni. Dec. 7-8. 2 and 7pm. $25 adults, $20 children and seniors. Reed Buffington Center for the Performing Arts at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward.

Berkeley Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker – Featuring dancers from the company’s Youth Division, as well as guest artists from around the Bay Area, this rendition of the holiday classic has been an East Bay favorite for decades. Sugar Plum Fairy parties follow daytime shows. Dec. 20-22. Showtimes vary. $45. Regents’ Theater at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. 925-402-1073. 

Black Diamond Ballet’s The Nutcracker – The stage will be filled with a magical Nutcracker, swirling snowflakes, dancing mice and soldiers, and a Sugar Plum Fairy in this professional dance company’s eighth annual production. Sat., Dec. 7. 7pm. Sun., Dec. 8. 2pm. $27 ages 14-61, $22 seniors and children. Creative Arts Building, 250 School St., Pittsburg. 925-318-5333. 

Contra Costa Ballet’s The Nutcracker – This festive one-hour, family-friendly 30th anniversary performance features young dancers in imaginative costumes soaring to the Land of Sweets. Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Showtimes vary. $40 adults, $30 children 17 and under. Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theatre, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-943-7469. 

Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker – Oakland Ballet brings the spirit of the holidays to life with festive dancing and scenery. Oakland Symphony, with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, presents Tchaikovsky’s treasured score. Sweet Dreams Parties follow the 1pm shows. Dec. 21-22. 1 and 5pm. $24-99 adults, $20.50-84.25 seniors and children 12 and under. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. 510- 893-3132.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker – A holiday mash-up for the family, this show reimagines Tchaikovsky’s score through explosive hip hop choreography. Tues., Nov. 19. 7:30pm. $40. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. 

The Tri-Valley Nutcracker - This annual Tri-Valley holiday event continues to enchant audiences of all ages, bringing Tchaikovsky’s well-known music and ballet to life with all of its elegance and beauty. Dec. 14-22. FREE-$42. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. 925-373-6800.

The Nutcracker – Join Clara and the nutcracker-turned-prince as they dance amonggiant mice and toy soldiers into the Candy Kingdom in the Ballet Company of East County’s production. Dec. 20-22. Showtimes vary. $16-20. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W.Second St., Antioch. 925-757-9500. 

A Sweet Dream Nutcracker – This two-act ballet features students from Orinda Ballet Academy in a fun-filled production for the whole family. Dec. 13-15. Showtimes vary. $25 adults, $22 children. Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way. 925-254-2445.

Valley Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker – This annual Tri-Valley presentation of Tchaikovsky’s music and enchanting ballet dancers is a tradition for all ages. Sat., Dec.14, 2 and 7pm. Sun., Dec. 15, 2pm. Fri., Dec. 20, 7pm. Sat., Dec. 21, 2 and 7pm. Sun., Dec. 22, 2 and 7pm. $35-42 adults, $21 students, under 2 FREE. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. 925-243-0925.