California Nutcracker




California Nutcracker Ballets

California Nutcracker Ballet productions number well over 50 with most companies producing a minimum of two shows.  You can easily go nuts for this classic holiday ballet based on the novel by German author Ernst Theodor Amadeus (E.T.A.) Hoffmann, Nutcracker and Mouseking. Here's the Nutcracker Story summary.

swordBallet San Jose (pictured above) offers one of the most lavish productions of THE NUTCRACKER. It requires four fog machines and a total of 400 pounds of dry ice per performance for the  Wondrous Snowstorm  at the end of Act I. Sixty pounds of flameproof, punched white confetti is dropped during the scene.  In addition, each year California is graced with The Great Russian Nutcracker during its international tour. Tapping into the talent of ballet dancers who transition from stage &  spotlights to behind the scenes— teaching, creating new choreography and running  ballet schools, many of The Nutcracker ballets in California are world-class!


San Jose 
Ballet San Jose


Ballet San Jose, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose. (408) 288-2800.

Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet


Moscow Ballet in California - Cost: $30-100,

Agoura Hills
Pacific Festival Ballet


Pacific Festival Ballet Scherr Forum-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (800) 745-3000.

Alameda Civic Ballet


Alameda Civic Festival Ballet Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Avenue

Anaheim Ballet


Anaheim Ballet. The Grove, Anaheim. Tickets: $30-40. Call (714) 712-2700,

Hirshl Ballet The Sunrise Ballet

  Hirshl Ballet, Servite Theatre, 1952 W. La Palma, Anaheim, CA. Tickets: $16. 
Call: (714) 632-1153

Brentwood Children's Ballet

  Brentwood Children's Ballet, El Campanil Theater, 602 W. 2nd St. Antioch, (925) 757-9500 

Placer Ballet Theatre

  Placer Theatre Ballet. Placer High School Theater, 275 Orange St. Auburn, CA  (916) 630-7820

Antelope Valley Ballet

  Antelope Valley Ballet. Lancaster Performing Arts Center 750 West Lancaster Blvd. (661) 723 - 5950.

Brentwood (Los Angeles)
Westside Ballet of Santa Monica


Westside Ballet at Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd, L.A.  800 982-2787.

California Dance Academy


California Dance Academy,  Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. (818) 347-9938

Chico Community Ballet


Chico Community Ballet performs Alice in Wonderland, Laxson Auditorium, Cal State University Chico.

Costa Mesa
Festival Ballet Theatre


Festival Ballet Theatre Nutcracker for Kids, Segerstrom Hall,   615 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa. $29-49 (714) 755-5799

Southern California Dance Theatre


Southern California Dance Theatre, Downey Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA.  (562) 496-1766.

Benicia Ballet Theatre

  Benicia Ballet Theatre performs at Solano College Theatre, 4000 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA (707) 864-7100

California Contemporary Ballet


California Contemporary Ballet Snow Queen. Glendale Community College Performing Arts Theater 1500 N. Verdugo Rd.

Huntington Beach
Coast City Ballet 


Coast City Ballet Nutcracker. Huntington Beach High School Auditorium, 1905 Main St.

Huntington Beach  
Ballet Etudes


Huntington Academy of Dance, Huntington Beach High School, 1905 Main St. Tickets: (714) 847-6657.

Festival Ballet 


Festival Ballet,  Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive. (949) 854-4646

Valley Dance Theatre


Valley Dance Theatre with Livermore Amador-Symphony pit orchestra. Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center,

Long Beach   
Long Beach Ballet


Long Beach Ballet at Terrace Theatre features an all-star cast of guest dancers and artists.

L.A., Redondo Beach, Glendale   
Los Angeles Ballet


Los Angeles Ballet performs in three cities and venues throughout December.

Mendocino County
Mendocino Ballet 


Mendocino Ballet, Mendocino College Center Theatre, Ukiah, CA

Mission Viejo -
Laguna Dance Theatre


Laguna Dance Theatre, McKinney Theatre, Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo.

Central West Ballet 


Central West Ballet, Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto, 1000 I St., (877) 488-3380

Inland Pacific Ballet 


Inland Pacific Ballet Pomona College, Claremont, (909) 607-1139, Lewis Family Playhouse

Mountain View 
Bayer Ballet


Bayer Ballet Winter Fairy Tale, Center for the Performing Arts - MainStage. Tickets: $30.

Napa Regional Dance Company


Napa Regional Dance Company

Oakland Ballet Company


Oakland Ballet Nutcracker, Paramount Theatre. Tickets: $20-60.

Pasadena Civic


Long Beach Ballet, The Pasadena Civic 300 E. Green St. Pasadena, CA. Tickets: $21 -100.

Northern California Ballet 


Northern California Ballet, Paradise Performing Arts Center. (530) 872-1719

New West Ballet


Poway Center for the Performing Arts. 15498 Espola Road, Poway. $20-40

Redwood City
Ballet America


Ballet America Nutcracker. Fox Theatre, 2223 Broadway Street Redwood City, CA 94061 (650) FOX-7770 Cost: $20-40.

Redwood City
Peninsula Ballet 


Peninsula Ballet Nutcracker. Fox Theatre, 2223 Broadway, Redwood City  (650) FOX-7770 Cost: $45.

Rohnert Park
Ballet Califia


Ballet Califia, Spreckels Performing Arts Center 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. (707) 570-7682

Sacramento Ballet


Sacramento Ballet  performances of delightful Nutcracker! Celebrate the season with the best entertainment

San Diego
California Ballet


California Ballet, 2 locations (college campuses)

San Diego
City Ballet of San Diego


City Ballet of San Diego, Spreckels  Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA. (858) 272-8663.

San Francisco
San Francisco Ballet


San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco. $20-225, call (415) 865-2000

San Pedro
San Pedro City Ballet


San Pedro City Ballet Nutcracker,  Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th, San Pedro, CA

San Rafael
Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker


Nutcracker Bay Area tradition. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA | $20-32

San Rafael 
Marin Ballet


Marin Ballet, Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

Santa Clara
Santa Clara Ballet 


Santa Clara Ballet, Convention Center Theater, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

Santa Cruz
Ballet Theatre


Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Civic Auditorium, 307 Church, Santa Cruz,

Thousand Oaks 
Conejo Civic Ballet


Conejo Civic Ballet Company

Ventura County Ballet


Ventura County Ballet,  Oxnard & Ventura


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