Nutcracker Pre-Performance Information

Nutcracker Pre-Performance Information

Here's What You Need to Know to Plan Your Trip

We're looking forward to seeing you at Nutcracker! Here are some helpful tips for making the most of your experience!

Opera House Dining Options

Opera House Dining

Whether you're looking for a pre-performance meal, a festive glass of champagne at intermission, or a light snack, Global Gourmet Catering, the Opera House's exclusive food and beverage services provider has you covered.

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getting here

The War Memorial Opera House is BARTable—the nearest BART station is conveniently located at Civic Center Station, a 10 minute walk from the Opera House.

We encourage you to take public transit, but the Opera House is close to several nearby parking garages.

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Our Neighborhood

Hayes Valley is just steps away from the Opera House with plenty of great dining spots and boutique stores.

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Make the most of your nutcracker experience

Don't forget to pick up a free 75th anniversary souvenir guide when you arrive!

Taking Kids to the Ballet?

Questions about bringing your children to the Ballet? Check out these helpful tips to make your performance enjoyable for all.

San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program

Join us in providing new toys and books for children in need by bringing an unwrapped toy or book to your Nutcracker performance. Collection barrels will be in the lobby of the Opera House at your performance.

Visit the Shop

Visit The Ballet Shop on the Mezzanine level of the Opera House pre-show and during intermission.

Photo Ops

Looking for that perfect spot to take a photo of family or friends? Check out our top choices for maximum visibility. Plus, we have festive backdrops on the North side of the lower level, main lobby, and Grand Tier floors.

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More questions? Check our our FAQ page for answers.

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San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson


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San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson


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San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson


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