First performed in 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker made its American debut on Christmas Eve, 1944 at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House. The San Francisco Ballet performance has been a Bay Area holiday tradition ever since! It’s the timeless take of Clara and the nutcracker she receives as a gift from her Godfather Herr Drosselmeyer on Christmas Eve. The magic begins when Clara falls asleep by the Christmas tree and awakens to the sight of her nutcracker leading a regiment of gingerbread soldiers against the army of the Mouse King. The Nutcracker will be performed December 7th though December 28th with several different ticket packages available, including the VIP Club. This exclusive deal includes box suites, which just so happen to be the best seats in the house, as well a private reception at intermission. You will also enjoy complimentary sweets by Miette, beverages, and a special gift for each child in your party. In addition, 30 minutes prior to show time, characters from The Nutcracker will be available for photos.The Family Performances are extremely popular, so get your tickets soon, and be sure to arrive early on the night of the show. This holiday season experience what has become an American holiday tradition, right where it all started!