Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker 

The spirit of the holidays is brought to life with beautiful dancing, magnificent scenery and imaginative costumes. Cheer on Marie and her soldiers as she rescues the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat King and then soar with our dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets where luscious treats await. With the Oakland Symphony along with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir bringing Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score to life – Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker will be highlight of your holiday season!

Saturday, December 21 at 1:00 pm

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Saturday, December 21 at 5:00 pm

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Sunday, December 22 at 1:00 pm

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Sunday December 22 at 5:00 pm

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The Paramount Theatre, Oakland
with the Oakland Symphony and Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir


Make your holidays extra special. Celebrate the season with Oakland Ballet at one of our special Nutcracker season events!

Encore Reception

Kick off your holiday season by attending a performance of The Nutcracker followed by our Encore Reception. Mingle with the Oakland Ballet dancers and Artistic Director Graham Lustig while you enjoy champagne and nibble on delectable holiday treats. (Separate ticket required to attend the Nutcracker performance.)

December 21, 7:00 pm (following the 5:00 pm performance)

Sweet Dreams Parties

Meet your favorite characters from Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker while you enjoy enticing refreshments straight from the Land of the Sweets. Bring your camera for pictures with the Sugarplum Fairy and her Nutcracker friends. (Separate ticket required to attend the Nutcracker performance.)

December 21, 3:00 pm (following the 1:00 pm performance)

December 22, 3:00 pm (following the 1:00 pm performance)


  • In Person: Purchase tickets in person at the Box Office, located on the 21st Street side of the Paramount Theatre (between Broadway and Telegraph). Save yourself Ticketmaster service charge fees and enjoy the benefit of selecting your favorite seats with the assistance of the Paramount’s knowledgeable staff.
    • Box Office Hours
      • Tuesdays from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Fridays from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
      • Two hours prior to scheduled performances.
  • By Telephone: All telephone orders are placed through Ticketmaster.
    Please call 1-800-745-3000. Service charges vary according to event.
  • By Secure On-line Purchase using the “Purchase Tickets” links above (available in September 2018).

Running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
Children 2 and under do not require a separate seat.

No outside food or beverage allowed.