The Nutcracker: A Uniquely San Franciscan Tradition - \r\nIf you can only attend one holiday event this season, let it be Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Since its sensational American Premiere on Christmas Eve, 1944, at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, The Nutcracker has been delighting audiences of all ages. In the same theatre where it all began, you can catch this beautiful production in its entirety, as performed by the world renowned San Francisco Ballet.\r\n\r\nBay Area theatre fans return to see the magnificent show every year, never to be disappointed. The timeless story of Clara and the nutcracker toy she receives as a Christmas gift comes alive on stage here in the “City by the Bay.” See the incredible beauty of the famous snowfall scene and the unbelievable skill of SF Ballet’s international cast of dancers.\r\n\r\nAs a special treat, the first 500 children to arrive at a select number of performances will receive a special gift. Additionally, everyone in attendance will enjoy complimentary treats and beverages from Miette, the ballet’s official bakery. To learn more about this special offer, visit the ballet’s Family Performances page.