Nutcracker Performances Around the Bay 2023

 Nutcracker performances are a holiday tradition for many families.

Get ready for the holidays and reserve your tickets early. Nutcracker performances are a holiday tradition for many families and may sell out.

Alameda Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker

DEC. 2 and 3. This community favorite returns. Ticket information TBA.

Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley

Ballet Petit

DEC. 2. Hayward classical ballet school Ballet Petit will present its 45th anniversary Nutcracker featuring new and pre-professional dancers performing this holiday favorite that takes the audience through Clara’s magical dream. 2pm and 7pm. $25 adults, $20 seniors and children under 12.

Chabot College Performing Arts Complex, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward.

Black Diamond Ballet’s Nutcracker

DEC. 8-17. A cast of over 40 professional dancers, local cultural performers, student dancers and community members will perform in this 11th annual holiday classic. A one-hour, sensory-friendly performance will be offered on Dec. 16. $17-32.

El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch

Cirque Nutcracker

DEC. 5-6. Troupe Vertigo’s spellbinding performances delight the imagination through stunning physical feats choreographed into works of art. Experience their innovative mix of circus-dance-theater in a program with the San Francisco Symphony. 7:30pm. $39-139. 

Davies symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

Diablo Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite

NOV. 3-4. Diablo Ballet opens its landmark 30th season with a newly expanded version of Julia Adam’s smash holiday hit. $28-57.

Lesher Center for the Arts Hoffman Theater, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker

DEC. 16-17. Oakland Ballet performs with beautiful dancing, magnificent scenery and imaginative costumes, accompanied by the Oakland Symphony and Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Sweets Dreams parties, with treats and character meet and greets, are available after matinees for $20. From $29.70-126.80 adults. 

Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

The Hip Hop Nutcracker 

NOV. 11. See the tour of this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, combining hip hop dance and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music in a heart-stirring and inspirational holiday event. 7pm. $39.50-88.50. 

Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker

DEC. 9-10. Clara’s magical Christmas Eve dreams return this year, featuring the artistry of 125 dancers and elaborate Victorian costumes and sets. Ticket prices TBA.

Marin School of the Arts Theater, 625 Arthur St., Novato

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets 

DEC. 2-23. This unique 50-minute production, designed for families with small children and audiences of all ages, is affordable, magical, zany and fun. The 1:30pm performance on Dec. 23 features “Santa is Coming.” $23.50-49.50.

Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street, San Francisco

New Ballet’s The San Jose Nutcracker

DEC. 16-23. This joyful holiday production transports the well-loved story to turn-of-the-century San Jose, with historical references that highlight the valley setting as a birthplace of innovation. Families with young children can attend a 55-minute “My Very First Nutcracker” (tickets from $17) on Dec. 17 at 11am. $25-95.

California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet

DEC. 19. This is the 31st annual North American tour, with new choreography that blends classical ballet with cutting-edge circus techniques. It showcases a record number of international talent including principal dancers from Ukraine and 40 world-class artists from Japan, Italy, Turkey and more. 7pm. $45.50 and up.

Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., San Francisco

The Original San Jose Nutcracker

DEC. 8-10. San José Dance Theatre celebrates 58 years of magic with the longest-running live production of The Nutcracker in San Jose, a Bay Area family tradition since 1964. An abbreviated version of excerpts, My Very First Nutcracker, takes place Dec. 8 at 10:30am ($15). $44-99. 

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose

Pacific Ballet Academy Nutcracker Ballet

NOV. 24-26. Pacific Ballet Academy presents its 32nd annual performance of the holiday ballet. A shorter, sensory-friendly version, with Act 32 only, is scheduled for Nov. 26 at 2pm. $15-30.

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts MainStage, 500 Castro St., Mountain View

Peninsula Ballet Theatre Nutcrackers

DEC. 2-17. This company offers four different Nutcracker productions including classical, hip-hop and abridged versions for younger audiences, performed at two venues. Check website for details.

Ramon Moreno School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker

DEC. 9-10. Students of the Ramon Moreno School of Ballet perform this iconic ballet.

Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker

DEC. 13-30. Experience the magical winter wonderland of toy soldiers, King of the Mice, Sugar Plum Fairy and so much more. This dazzling production is a kaleidoscope of over 150 dancers accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. A sensory- and family-friendly performance is scheduled for Dec. 30 at 11am. No one under age 3 admitted. $25-525.

War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

Valley Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker

DEC. 9-17. For more than 40 years, this full production of The Nutcracker, accompanied by the Valley Dance Theatre Pit Orchestra, has entertained families with elaborate sets, skilled dancers and beautiful costumes. $25-49, 2 and under FREE.

Bankhead Theatre, 2400 First St., Livermore

Western Ballet’s The Nutcracker

DEC. 1-3. This holiday tradition is 1.5 hours long with one intermission and is appropriate for all ages. $38-43.

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View


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