On Christmas Eve in 1944, the San Francisco Ballet became the first company in the country to perform The Nutcracker. San Francisco’s dancers have honored that longstanding tradition every year since, performing a gorgeous interpretation of the classic ballet, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave between McAllister and Grove Sts (415-865-2000, sfballet.org/nutcracker) Daily 2 & 7pm. Dec 10–Dec 29. Closed Dec 25. $64-$445.