Celebrate the holidays with the S.F. Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

Hansuke Yamamoto in Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker. (PHOTO: ERIK TOMASSON / COURTESY S.F. BALLET)

Nothing says the holidays quite like the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker. Although the company has a long history with Tchaikovsky’s ballet, staging the first American full-length production in 1944, this will be artistic director Tamara Rojo’s first Nutcracker. 

Featuring choreography by Helgi Tomasson and more than 150 dancers, the production premiered in 2004 and is set in San Francisco during the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. It includes a backdrop of the city’s famous Victorian houses, in addition to scenes from the exposition, making it a wonderful tribute to the city.

This season will feature special performances for young audiences (Dec. 14 and 19), a sensory-friendly and family-friendly performance (Dec. 30), and more. 

‘Nutcracker’: San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House, 201 Van Ness Avenue, Dec. 13–30; $25–$335, 415-865-2000,

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