Holiday Nutcracker performances in Oakland, Berkeley, and other East Bay venues

Ticket Alert: Bay Area Nutcrackers and Other Holiday Performances (2021)

Thanks to The Oakland Ballet Company for sponsoring this guide to Nutcracker performances and family-friendly holiday theater performances. Please check with the venue for current Covid-19 vaccination or testing requirements for your group and make sure you have your appropriate documentation before you head out. 

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Putting on a pair of not-sneakers and attending a ballet or holiday theater performance is an annual tradition for many families. If you’ve got kids who are ready for a large-scale theater experience for the holidays, here are some local shows to choose from.

East Bay Nutcrackers, holiday dance, and theater performances

The Oakland Ballet Company presents Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker. The spirit of the holidays is brought to life with beautiful dancing, magnificent scenery, and imaginative costumes. Cheer on Marie and her soldiers as she rescues the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat King and then soars with dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets where luscious treats await. The Oakland Symphony along with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir brings Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score to life. Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker will be the highlight of your holiday season! Ticket prices start at $24.
Where: Paramount Theatre, Oakland
When: December 18-19 at 1 pm or 5 pm
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Performing the Nutcracker at The Paramount Theatre with the Oakland Symphony | Photo by John Hefti
Oakland Ballet Company performing The Nutcracker at The Paramount Theatre with the Oakland Symphony | Photo: John Hefti for Oakland Ballet Company

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an internationally touring show set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music in a 1980s Brooklyn dance club.
Where: Oakland’s Paramount Theatre
When: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7.30 pm
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Diablo Ballet presents The Nutcracker Suite
Where: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
When: November 12-13
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SMUIN Contemporary Ballet presents The Christmas Ballet
Where: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
When: November 19-20
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Contra Costa Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Where: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
When: November 26-28
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Temple Hill Choir & Orchestra presents Scrooge! The Musical
Free tickets and parking.
Where: Temple Hill Auditorium, 4780 Lincoln Ave, Oakland
When: November 27
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Ballet Petit presents The Nutcracker
Where: Chabot College Center for the Performing Arts, Hayward
When: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2 pm and 5 pm
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Center REPertory presents A Christmas Carol
This two-hour musical performance has one intermission.
Where: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
When: December 2 – 23 with evening and matinee shows (save on select tickets)
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Orinda Ballet Academy & Company presents A Sweet Dream Nutcracker
Where: Orinda Library Theater (one BART stop from Rockridge plus a 10-minute walk)
When: December 10 – 12
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Kairos Music Academy presents The Snow Queen
Where: The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
When: December 11 and 12 (times vary)
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Berkeley City Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Where: Berkeley City Ballet, Berkeley
When: December 11, 18, 19 at 2:30 pm or 5 pm
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Oakland Ballet Company presents Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker | photo by John Hefti

Oakland Ballet presents Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
The Oakland Ballet Company teams up with the Oakland Symphony and the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir to bring Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score to life. Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker is performed the weekend before Christmas in the lovely downtown Oakland Paramount Theatre.
Where: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland
When: December 18-19 at 1 pm or 5 pm
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San Francisco Nutcrackers, holiday dance, and theater performances

Presidio Theatre presents The Magic Lamp
Where: Main Stage, Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco
When: Dec. 1 – 31 at 2 pm or 7:30 pm (27 shows in all)
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ODC presents The Velveteen Rabbit
Where: Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA, San Francisco
When: Showtimes from Dec. 4 – 12 at 2 pm
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Mark Foehringer presents Nutcracker Sweets
Great for children and only 50 minutes long.
Where: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco
When: Showtimes from Dec. 4 – 19
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San Francisco Ballet presents A Nutcracker Spectacle
Where: War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
When: Dec. 10 – 30 (times vary)
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San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra presents Peter and the Wolf
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
When: Sunday, Dec. 12 @ 2 pm
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San Francisco Symphony presents Home Alone with live orchestration
Where:
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
When: Dec. 16 and 18 (times vary)
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SMUIN Contemporary Ballet presents The Christmas Ballet
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco
When: Showtimes from Dec. 16 – Dec. 26
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Dancer Katie plays Marie in the Nutcracker
Cheer on Marie and her soldiers as she rescues the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat King in Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker | Photo: John Hefti for Oakland Ballet Company

Related: Browse a big, huge list of East Bay Christmas Activities & Events here >>

Parent Tip: Please check with the venue for current Covid-19 vaccination or testing requirements for your group and make sure you have your appropriate documentation before you head out.

Thanks to The Oakland Ballet Company for sponsoring this guide to holiday dance performances. 

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