Holiday Performances Around the Bay Area

Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet offers a signature showcase of classical and contemporary dances set to songs of the season. There will be an online steaming option this year.

Ring in the 2021 season as holiday-themed shows from theater to music to dance return to the stage.

A Christmas Carol. Nov. 26-Dec. 26. See the Tony-award winning Broadway adaptation of this classic tale, with dazzling staging, moving storytelling and 12 cherished Christmas carols. Recommended for ages 10 and up; no one under 5 allowed. Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor St., San Francisco. broadwaysf.com.

Carols by Candlelight. Dec. 5. The Young Women’s Choral Projects’ 10th anniversary season opens with this candle-lit concert by its premiere ensemble, the Young Women’s Chorus. It will also present Angelic Voices, featuring all four of its choruses, on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church. Tickets for both go on sale in November. 4 p.m. Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco. ywcp.org/concerts.

Carols in the California. Dec. 11. Join Symphony Silicon Valley and accompanying musicians for this 14th annual concert, featuring classic carols and audience sing-alongs. 7 p.m. $36, $26 under age 26. California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. symphonysiliconvalley.org/show/carols-in-the-california.

Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberly. Nov. 18-Dec. 19. The world premiere of the final installment of the Christmas at Pemberley trilogy follows Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana – an accomplished pianist – and the youngest Bennet sister, Kitty as they await the arrival of Henry Grey. When the gentleman enters a family holiday in full force and is met by the unwelcoming presence of Mr. Darcy, Georgiana fears her chance at love will be lost forever. The future is never certain, however, and love has a way of arriving exactly when it is meant to. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. marintheatre.org.


Holigays Are Here …. Again. Dec. 10-11, 18-19 and 24. Returning to the stage for the first time since 2019, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents this annual holiday treat, which plays in San Francisco, Rohnert Park and Berkeley before returning to San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre on Christmas Eve. Check website for details. sfgmc.org.

A Magical Cirque Christmas. Dec. 30. Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. broadwaysanjose.com.

Marin Symphony Holiday Pops Concert. Dec. 14. Enjoy a program of holiday-inspired music with Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz and soprano Dee Donasco. 7 p.m. $31-102, $25 ages 6-17. Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. marinsymphony.org/tickets-events/2021-22-season/holiday-pops-concert-2021.

ODC’s The Velveteen Rabbit. Dec. 4-12. ODC/Dance is back for the 35th anniversary of this beloved Bay Area tradition based on the children’s classic, with festive costumes and larger-than-life storybook characters. Offered in person; on demand Dec. 1-31. $25-75. Blue Shield of California Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., San Francisco. odc.dance/velveteenrabbit.

San Francisco Symphony. Dec. 5-23. The symphony has a host of holiday performances, starting with Deck the Hall on Dec. 5. Other highlights include Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 11 and 12, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King starring Alan Cumming on Dec. 21, holiday movies accompanied by a live orchestra and more. sfsymphony.org.

Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet. Nov. 19-20. Two world premieres join this signature showcase of classical and contemporary dances set to songs of the season. The show, featuring ballet, tap, jazz and more, will have an on-demand streaming option from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Also plays Dec. 2-5 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and Dec. 16-26 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. smuinballet.org/events/the-christmas-ballet.

Janine DeFao is an associate editor at Bay Area Parent.