December 21 7:30 pm

Smuin’s spectacular San Francisco holiday tradition, The Christmas Ballet LGBTQ+ Night returns for a fiercely festive one-night-only performance this Tuesday, December 21st. We have created special programming and casting that celebrates our vibrant LGBTQ+ community. Every ticket purchased provides a donation to Project Open Hand, founded in 1985 to feed people with HIV/AIDS. Project Open Hand serves life-saving, medically tailored nutrition to community members experiencing critical health conditions including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease in San Francisco and Alameda counties.

Unfortunately, there has been a change in the casting. Sadly, our fabulous Lady Camden has been sidelined by a positive COVID diagnosis and is in quarantine. For her safety and that of our dancers (who have all tested negative) and our audience, she will be unable to perform. But the show will go on!

Happily, we have lined up a truly splendid guest hostess to fill in Lady Camden’s red-hot high heels—Mercedez Munro.

While we will miss Lady Camden, she will be with us in spirit and hopes you can join us for our annual LGBTQ+ Night holiday reunion performance and celebration of San Francisco’s queer community.

It’s an evening filled with fizzing surprises and dizzying delights that add camp, culture, and miles of cheer to Smuin’s irrepressible holiday classic, The Christmas Ballet, while supporting Project Open Hand!

As a special bonus, we will send all LGBTQ+ Night patrons a link to a video of Lady Camden’s previous performance as Santa Baby so you won’t miss her amazing turn in this iconic role. This video, which includes an additional featured appearance by Lady Camden, will be available through New Year’s Day.

Tuesday, Dec 21st @ 7:30pm: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco – Click the link to open, view, download or print casting

Buy tickets for the performance now and add the after-party reception to your purchase for $30. You can email with questions. Don’t miss it! 

Click this link for tickets to Mercedez Munro’s after-party to benefit Project Open Hand (hurry only a few are left)!

Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s COVID-19 Policy for everyone’s protection.

All individuals ages 12+ will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter the venue. Fully vaccinated means at least 14 days following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Each person aged 18+ must also provide a personal ID. Masks are required for everyone ages 2+ regardless of vaccination status. Please wear a mask that always covers your nose and mouth.Here are valid forms of proof of vaccination.

–Original, copy, or electronic photo of the CDC vaccination card (or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental jurisdiction)

–Documentation from a healthcare provider

–Personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record on the Bindle app or issued by the State of California available by going to

–Personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by governmental jurisdictions including state, local, or foreign












Lady Camden photos by Maximillian Tortoriello Photography

Mercedez Munro photo by Clayton Beck Photography