Nutcracker in Santa Barbara

Free tickets are available for the Nutcracker on Dec 10.  Please respond by Dec. 1st to reserve your tickets.

 The Santa Barbara Festival Ballet (SBFB) has been enchanting Santa Barbara audiences for over four decades by providing high quality classical and contemporary ballet performances to the Central Coast, including our much beloved annual production of The Nutcracker at the Arlington, entertaining over 3600 audience members each year.  The Nutcracker brings together the talents of more than 100 performers from the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, UCSB, our dancing community and nationally recognized Professional Guest Artists. Since 1975, we have captured the hearts of our audience, some who make this a holiday tradition every year, and those new to the story of The Nutcracker. It is with pride and anticipation that we have that opportunity once again.

For the eleventh consecutive year Santa Barbara Festival Ballet will have the honor of hosting over 700 children, students and families to this year’s production of The Nutcracker at the Arlington through our Friends of Clara program. Each year SBFB solicits grants and donations to provide tickets for these children and families of our community who would otherwise not have the means to attend, and we have named them our “Friends of Clara”.  We will continue to work tirelessly to bring this beautiful performance to our Friends of Clara, exposing them to renowned guest artists, live orchestra, performing art, and the enchantment of the holiday season.