The Nutcracker

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. The Oakland Symphony along with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir bring Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score to life. Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker will be the highlight of your holiday season!

Paramount Theatre
December 17, 2022 1PM
December 17, 2022 5PM
December 18, 2022 1PM

Tickets on sale beginning September

Dancer dressed as the nightingale from nutcracker, wearing a short pink dress with sparkly iridescent wings, leaping to the left.

Plan your Trip!

HEALTH AND SAFTEY: The health and safety of our patrons, dancers and staff are our highest priority. We will adhere to all of the guidelines and best practices advised by health officials and continue to be agile in our response to changes. You can purchase with confidence knowing that should anything change, we will be flexible with your investment in us.

Please see the Paramount Theatre’s detailed Covid19 Safety Protocols.

BAGS: In order to provide a safe environment and expedite guest entry into the venue, the Paramount Theatre encourages guests to only bring essential items. Bags no larger than 18” x 12” x12” will be permitted inside the theatre. Bags must fit and be stored under your seat. All bags are subject to search.

PARKING:We suggest public transportation if possible (the Paramount is right off the 19th street BART station). If parking in the lot off Telegraph and 21st, reference the following tips: PARKING

“Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s production will disarm the most jaded soul and fascinate the youngest viewers.”

Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle

The Nutcracker leaping to the left in front of a line of dancing toy soldiers from the battle scene in The Nutcracker

Special Events

Celebrate the season with Oakland Ballet at one of our special Nutcracker season events!

Encore Reception

We will not be holding the Encore Reception this year. Look for it again in 2022.

Sweet Dreams Parties

Due to COVID 19 we will not be holding the Sweet Dreams Parties this year. Look for them again in 2022.

Alternate Ways To Purchase Tickets

In Person:
Save yourself Ticketmaster service charge fees and enjoy the benefit of selecting your favorite seats with the assistance of the Paramount’s knowledgeable staff.

Visit the Paramount Theater Box Office on 21st Street between Broadway and Telegraph

Box Office Hours (Beginning September 10)
Fridays from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursdays December 2nd, 9th, and 16th 12:00 – 5:00 pm                                                                                                                                                      Two hours prior to scheduled performances.
Closed on federal holidays.

The Paramount Box Office no longer accepts cash.
Credit Cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover

By Telephone:
All telephone orders are placed through Ticketmaster
Call 1-800-745-3000
Service charges vary according to event

Performance Information

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.

“Lustig administers a series of tiny astonishments: comic touches, ironic twists to tradition, moments that reveal character or render the music in jewel-like images.”

Carla Escoda, The Huffington Post