Christmas is around the corner and the tickets for Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Nutcracker are already on sale (and they are selling fast). Even with all the frenzied shopping, shiny decorations, and family gatherings, and Secret Santa gift exchanges, the winter season isn’t really complete until you’ve seen this beloved ballet at least once! To help you navigate the multitude of offerings, KDFC has listed some of the best upcoming Nutcrackers in the Bay Area.

San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet
Dates: Dec. 11-29
Cost: $59-$285
Where: War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
Learn more at sfballet.org

Mark Foehringer Dance ProjectSF
Dates: Dec. 7-8, 14-15 & 21-22
Cost: $20.50-$42.50
Where: Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco
Learn more at fortmason.org

Santa Clara County

San Jose Dance Theatre
Dates: Dec. 6-8 & 13-15
Cost: $20-$9
Where: San José Center for the Performing Arts
255 S Almaden Blvd
San Jose
Learn more at sjnutcracker.com

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Dates: Dec 19 & 20
Cost: $29-$181
Where: California Theatre
345 South First St.
San Jose
Learn more at nutcracker.com

The New Ballet Studio Company
Dates: Dec. 13-15 & 20-24
Cost: $39.50-$125
Where: Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose
Learn more at newballet.com

Pacific Ballet Academy
Dates: Nov. 22-24
Cost: $15
Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro St.
Mountain View
Learn more at mvcpa.com

Western Ballet
Dates: Dec. 6-8
Cost: $28-$33
Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro St.
Mountain View
Learn more at mvcpa.com

Sonoma County

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Dates: Dec 23
Cost: $29-$181
Where: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Rd
Santa Rosa
Learn more at nutcracker.com

Contra Costa County

Contra Costa Ballet
Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Cost: $40
Where: Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr.
Walnut Creek
Learn more at contracostaballet.org

Black Diamond Ballet Theatre
Dates: Dec. 7-8
Cost: $15-$25
Where: Creative Arts Building at Pittsburg High School
1750 Harbor St.
Pittsburg
Learn more at blackdiamondballet.org

San Mateo County

Ballet America
Dates: Dec. 6 & 8
Cost: $15-$50
Where: Fox Theatre
2215 Broadway
Redwood City
Learn more at foxrwc.com

Menlowe Ballet
Dates: Dec. 13-15, 21-22
Cost: $29-$62
Where: Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Rd.
Atherton
Learn more at menloweballet.org

Alameda County

Berkeley Ballet Theater
Dates: Dec. 20-22
Cost: TBA
Where: Holy Names University’s Regents’ Theatre
3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland
Learn more at berkeleyballet.org

Oakland Ballet Company
Dates: Dec. 21-22
Cost: $24-$99
Where: Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
Oakland
Learn more at oaklandballet.org

Valley Dance Theatre
Dates: Dec. 14-15 & 20-22
Cost: $42
Where: Bankhead Theater
2400 First St.
Livermore
Learn more at valleydancetheatre.com

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