3 MUST SEE Holiday Circus Shows in the SF Bay Area

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Tis the season for an abundance of circus shows! Are you looking for a great family outing during the holidays? To be honest, there is no ONE best show....these 3 are sure to satisfy your circus curiosity!

Le Cirque de Bohème

My personal favorite circus variety show is the charming & beautiful world of Le Cirque de Bohème. It has a vintage feel based on the french tradition of the 1920s. I think it has the most unique atmosphere & characters under an intimate circus tent at Cornerstone in Sonoma. Led by the strange "Bohemian of Paris", the stories are wrapped in circus acrobatics, mysterious wonders and a bit of clowning around. The show also features some of my favorite performers, Amelia van Brunt & Colin Creveling. Cornerstone also features beautiful gardens, shops, and places to wine & dine!


  • Mature audience. Children will enjoy it, but not for small children - the tent is dark & it is discouraged to leave during the show.

  • Intimate & Magical experience

  • Good for date nights too!


  • Location - Sonoma, CA

  • It's worth it to sit close up!

  • $27-$55

  • Running NOW - December 16 2018


Mittens & Mistletoe

Mittens & Mistletoe, produced by Sweet Can, is a long-running Bay Area beloved circus show...and there are two versions... A family friendly show, and one adult cabaret night! This year's theme is "A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream"....expect some Shakespearian inspired shenanigans. You can't go wrong with this show - there isn't a bad seat in the house, and you will experience close-up accomplished circus arts. Mittens & Mistletoe really hits the nail on the head with a breadth of silly antics for the kids to the high skill levels that adults appreciate. And guess what, my fave Amelia van Brunt is in this one too! I also really enjoy their random, wacky moments, whether it's a GIANT sized mitten, or a cowboy style showdown with puppetry...Laughter is good for you. This is a fact and not fake news!!


  • Families looking for a theater experience.

  • All ages

  • Date Nights - the adults only show will be on 12/28 at 8:00 pm


  • Location - San Francisco Dance Mission.

  • Note - the theater is located upstairs without elevator access.

  • $20-$65

  • Running December 26 - December 30 2018.