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The Christmas Ballet, the Bay Area's holiday favorite, returns this December with classical ballet and a contemporary twist.

The weather outside may be frightful, but The Christmas Ballet is oh-so-delightful. This Bay Area favorite returns to kick off the holidays in 2018 with two acts packed to the brim with the best of both worlds: flawless classical ballet and red-hot contemporary numbers. “Sheer joy…the finest toast to the season,” declared the San Francisco Chronicle. Featuring the perfect combination of long-time favorites and thrilling new surprises, this charming medley incorporates a variety of popular dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, and swing. Spark your holidays with Smuin’s annual yuletide treat, declared “the finest toast to the season” by the San Francisco Chronicle!

Run time: 2 hours


YBCA Members:

YBCA members at all levels: 20% off tickets with promo code, excluding weekend matinees

YBCA members should contact the membership team at or call Visitor Services at 415-978-2787 to receive their promo discount code.

There's no better way to express the joy of the season!

Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle
Smuin's The Christmas Ballet

For 25 years, Smuin has pushed the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly American style, engaging and delighting audiences with uncommon physicality and expression. Founded in San Francisco in 1994 by Tony and Emmy-award-winning choreographer Michael Smuin, the Company is committed to creating work that merges the diverse vocabularies of classical ballet and contemporary dance. Since 2007, Artistic Director Celia Fushille has enriched the Company’s impressive repertoire with contemporary choreographic voices, commissioned world premieres, and collaborated with inventive choreographers from around the world.