A new look at a timeless tradition

Sold out runs every season make this production San Jose’s favorite holiday ballet!

The San Jose Nutcracker is a classical holiday ballet unique to our hometown. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, it tells the well-loved story of Clara and the Nutcracker, while featuring historical references to the heritage that has made Santa Clara Valley the center of innovation it is today. The New Ballet Orchestra, a professional orchestra led by New Ballet Conductor Thomas Shoebotham accompanies performances of The San Jose Nutcracker. Tickets start at just $22.50.

Choreography: Dalia Rawson
Music: Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

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The San Jose Nutcracker takes place in San Jose at the turn of the last century. This unique production features landmarks of the era, with dazzling new scenic elements including a growing replica of the historic San Jose Light Tower and a skyline of San Jose inspired by the city in 1905. Costumes for the first act were inspired by period dolls from the History San Jose archives and the second act was inspired by our valley in the last century, carpeted in orchard blossoms and known as "The Valley of Heart's Delight.” Swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and The Sugarplum Fairy will make this holiday ballet a new favorite for the entire family.

The San Jose Nutcracker is a two-act performance for the whole family - includes accompaniment by The New Ballet Orchestra.


My Very First Nutcracker

A special 45 minute performance for our youngest audiences with reduced prices. My Very First Nutcracker does not tell the entire Nutcracker story, and introduces Clara, her family, the Nutcracker and the Nutcracker Prince, the comic toy battle with Mousima, the Snow Queen and the Land of Snow

Enhance Your Experience

Premium seating provides your family with exclusive extras, including the best seats in the house and access to our hosted VIP lounge. Take photos with costumed characters from the production and enjoy treats for the whole family, including complimentary wine and soft drinks, as well as hot cocoa and cookies for kids of all ages, in a private VIP Lounge. To purchase Premium tickets, please select Orchestra Premium or Premium Parterre during checkout.

The VIP Lounge is located off the first floor lobby near the 3rd Street entrance. To purchase Premium seating online, first select the Parterre or Orchestra section, and then select Premium tickets.

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