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'Tis the Season

For the Nutcracker that is!

Find a performace of this perennial family favorite near you!


All Areas

Celebrate this Christmas with the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Featuring brand new over-the-top production and world-class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets, Nesting Dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life.

Gather the family and see why the press is raving. Bringing a message of Peace and Unity, the 2018 tour will spread goodwill in over 150 cities across the US and Canada. Get the best seats today and memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is 2 hours long including a 20-minute intermission.

Tickets $28.00-$178.00



Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture

- Cowell Theater

2 Marina Blvd San Francisco, CA 94123

Dec 8th Through Dec 23rd

Tickets $22.50 - $42.50

Celebrate the holidays at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture with Mark Foehringer‘s Nutcracker Sweets, a 50-minute production of the classic holiday ballet for families with small children and audiences of all ages. This special production is danced storytelling that is affordable, magical, zany, and fun.

Foehringer uses his choreographic skills in contemporary dance and ballet to craft a show that is sure to thrill dance newcomers and seasoned ballet lovers. See all of the favorite Nutcracker characters in beautiful costumes performing on a colorful set with live chamber orchestra music.


The Hammer Theatre

101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk San Jose, CA 95113

Saturday, Dec. 15, 11:00am

Sunday, Dec. 16, 11:00am

Saturday, Dec. 22, 11:00am

Sunday, Dec. 23, 11:00am

Monday, Dec. 24, 11:00am

Tickets starting at $12.50

My Very First Nutcracker is a special one-hour classical ballet presentation of The San Jose Nutcracker suitable for our youngest audiences, including children and toddlers of all ages.

My Very First Nutcracker features the first act of The San Jose Nutcracker, including a festive holiday party hosted by young Clara, her brother Fritz, and their family in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Meet fascinating Uncle Nikola and his electric gifts, including electric lighting for the home, an arc lamp, and a large electric coil that rivals the power of lightning itself. Marvel at a replica of the historic San Jose Light Tower which magically grows to rise above the streets of San Jose. Cheer on adorable mice and toy soldiers who compete to win a magic crown. Be enchanted by a winter wonderland presided over by the Queen of Snow. Introduce your family to the magic of classical ballet!



Presented by Civic Ballet of SLO

Performing Arts Center

1 Grand Avenue

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:00pm

Tickets $36.00 - $60.00

It is Christmas Eve and Clara is about to have the night of her dreams! Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonder of this spectacular, professional production accompanied by a live orchestra.



Bill Medley Auditorium at

Santa Ana High School

520 W. Walnut Street

Santa Ana, CA 92701

On Saturday, December 8, 2018,

Two times to choose from:

1:15 PM or 5:15 PM

This is a special opportunity for families to take part in a theater workshop followed by a live Nutcracker Performance!

If you are a Girl Scout we have an added bonus for you!

The workshop has badge connections to help you earn a badge!!

CAAST will provide badge and activities during the workshop that fulfill some requirements for the following badges:

  • Brownies - Dancer

  • Juniors - Playing the Past

  • Cadettes - Public Speaker

  • Seniors - Troupe Performer

Additional activities may need to be completed with your troupe to finalize your badge.


Norris Theatre

27570 Norris Center Drive

Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Adult Tickets - $35

Child (10 and under) - $25

Group Discount 20 or more - $30 Adult, $20 Child;

Facility Fees: $7.00 per ticket applies to web orders, phone orders, and box office window orders.

Peninsula School of Performing Arts presents a beautiful blend of professionals, pre-professionals, adults and young dancers who come together to delight audiences of all ages with this rich rendition of the classical ballet.

World-renowned performer Alexander Kalinin, as Herr Drosselmeier, weaves an enchanted story through the dreams of a young girl, Clara, and her Nutcracker.  Her travels take her to the Battle of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, then to the Land of Snow, and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where Clara is greeted by the ever so beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and her court.

Music by Tchaikovsky and Choreography by Tita Boulger, Vera Ninkovic, Marina Kalinina, and Alexander Kalinin.  The Nutcracker is a treat for the entire family.


Fred Kavli Theater -

Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza

2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Dec. 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Dec. 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Dec. 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Dec. 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Tickets: $47.00, $39.00, $31.00

All ages.

Not recommended for children under 2 years of age.

Everyone must have a ticket.

New York City Ballet principal dancers, Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia, join our resident company. Complete with opulent sets and costumes along with dazzling choreography for a mega-cast including Kalinin Russian Dance Troupe. This 25th Nutcracker season promises visions of sugar plums and a 100% chance of snowfall on the audience!


Miami City Ballet with live orchestra

The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 N. Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

November 30, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

December 1, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.

December 1, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

December 2, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.

December 2, 2018 | 4:00 p.m.

Tickets $34.00 - $125.00

The Music Center brings back the best holiday tradition to Los Angeles with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® by Miami City Ballet. Balanchine’s iconic choreography and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score are paired with whimsical sets and costumes by Cuban American artists Isabel and Ruben Toledo. The classic repertoire is presented with the impressive scale of more than 100 dancers and cast members, along with live orchestra, fully bringing to life the magic and spectacle that have delighted audiences for generations.


Festival Ballet Theatre and

Pacific Symphony

Renée and Henry

Segerstrom Concert Hall

Located in: South Coast Plaza

600 Town Center Dr

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM

Tickets $35.00 - $56.00

Designed for kids ages 5-11

Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself!

Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby at 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. concertgoers) and 12:15 p.m. (for 11:30 concertgoers), where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning's concert.


Full Length with the San Diego Symphony

San Diego Civic Theatre

1100 Third Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

December 14 - 23

Tickets $21.50 - $91.50

Children 12 and under receive up to a 25% discount

California Ballet’s glittering production of The Nutcracker leaps onto the stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre in America’s favorite holiday tradition. Under the baton of Music Director John Stubbs, Tchaikovsky’s extravagant score comes to life with a cast of over 150.

Red Carpet photo opportunity beginning one hour prior to all performances, weather permitting.

Meet the Cast in the Grand Salon immediately following

our 1:00, 2:00 & 5:30 full-length performances

Children must be at least 4 years old to attend.

For children under 4, please see toddler-friendly performance below.


Toddler-Friendly Performance

Performed to pre-recorded music.

San Diego Civic Theatre

1100 Third Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, December 14, 2:00 PM

Friday, December 21, 2:00 PM

Tickets $26.25 – $50

A very special 60-minute performance of The Nutcracker for families with very young children. Toddlers under 4 are welcome.

Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara on the Red Carpet (in the Plaza) immediately following the performance

All children over 12 months old must have a ticket with an assigned seat.

$5.00 Lap Tickets will be available at the Theatre Ticket Office the day of the show for parents wishing to bring any child under 12 months of age to this performance.



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