The Smuin contemporary Ballet’s signature The Christmas Ballet, now in its 24th year and originally created by founder Michael Smuin, is a Bay Area tradition, with new works added each holiday season. Presented in two acts and featuring not just ballet, but also tap, swing, and jazz, the iconic “Santa Baby” (pictured) is an audience favorite.
For additional holiday entertainment, San Francisco never disappoints — from traditional tree lightings (Presidio, Golden Gate Park, and the Marina’s first) to the Victorian building lighting on Union Street, the Bill Graham Menorah lighting in Union Square, and parol lanterns in Yerba Buena Gardens. There are Nutcracker productions, classical and contemporary music choices, and even a new opera based on Frank Capra’s classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, and opportunities to help the less fortunate. Don’t miss our holiday calendar on page 16 for more details.