15 Vancouver Christmas concerts and shows to see this season
DH Vancouver StaffNov 20, 2015 2:54 pm
The Christmas season brings a lot of joy, however, one of the most special aspects of the holiday is the beautiful music and stories that have been carried on through the decades to represent the true magic of Christmas.
Vancouver has a wide selection of concerts and productions to enjoy this holiday season, from The Nutcracker to the Vinyl Cafe and the Vancouver Bach Choir. With these concerts and shows, there’s something for everyone.
What: The Arts Club’s production of A Christmas Story brings the classic film to life, along with a musical soundtrack. If you’re not already familiar with the plot, it’s about a young boy named Ralphie in the 1940s who sets his eye on the Official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun as his must-have Christmas gift. Problem is, “it’ll shoot your eye out!”
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
When: Now until December 27; evening and matinee productions
What: The Arts Club has been putting on It’s a Wonderful Life for so many years it has now become an annual Christmas tradition. “George Bailey performs countless good deeds for friends and townsfolk in Bedford Falls, yet all that seems to count for naught when he faces financial adversity. At George’s most woeful moment, his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful.” – The Arts Club
Where: Granville Island Stage – 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver
When: Now until December 26; evening and matinee productions
What: Music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio shines in Coastal Jazz’s production of a Charlie Brown Christmas. Now, Jerry Granelli, the only surviving member of the original trio will perform with his own trio at the Vogue Theatre for a special Christmas production.
Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: The East Van Panto presents this annual comedic Christmas story, written by and starring local comedian Charlie Demers. “Complete with an edible house, a butt-kicking brother and sister team, and a cute little cannibal witch, Hansel and Gretel lures you deep into the East Van wilderness to deliver a fantastic holiday treat.” – The Cultch
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
When: Wednesday, December 2 to January 3, 2016; 7 p.m., matinees available
What: On December 3, Water Street will transform into a series of outdoor stages, hosting more than 20 choirs in Vancouver’s first street-carolling competition – Yule Duel. The event is inspired by Figgy Pudding, a renowned annual carolling competition and charitable fundraiser in Seattle. Yule Duel aims to raise $20,000 for May’s Place, a hospice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
What: The Vancouver Chamber Choir is putting on three fabulous Christmas concerts this season, beginning on December 4 with Christmas in the Orpheum, a collection of renaissance, baroque & carols. Next is A Dylan Thomas Christmas, followed by the ever-popular A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver & Shaughnessy Heights United Church – 1550 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver
When: Friday, December 4, December 18, and December 19; 8 p.m.
What: The Vancouver Bach Choir knows a thing or two about how to nail a Christmas carol. More than 400 singers will fill the stage to sing all the beloved Christmas classics during this afternoon concert, featuring the Children’s Chorus and Youth Choir.
What: The VSO plays its annual Traditional Christmas concert in neighbourhoods around Metro Vancouver, including the North Shore, Burnaby, Surrey, Delta, and Vancouver this holiday season. Experience the delight of Christmas music straight from the city’s most talented musicians.
Where: Various locations
When: Thursday, December 10 to Sunday, December 20; Nightly
What: “An Eastside musical set on Coast Salish Territories” – that’s what SFU Woodward’s Bah! Humbug! production is described as. Starring Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge, the play will weave current issues of the Downtown Eastside into Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol. “A modern-day, sushi-loving Ebenezer Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Vancouver’s Hastings Street, where he is timing Bob Cratchit’s late arrival to work on his iPhone.”
Where: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: Thursday, December 10 to 12 and Tuesday, December 15 to 19; 7:30 p.m., matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays
What: The Goh Ballet presents their annual production of The Nutcracker for the seventh year in a row. The prestigious ballet is sure to entertain all ages, as the classicly whimsical tale has endured decades as a classic Christmas tradition.
Where: The Centre in Vancouver – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
When: Thursday, December 17 to Tuesday, December 22; 7:30 p.m., matinees also available
What: Capturing all of the joy and beauty of the festive season, Christmas with Chor Leoni takes favourite carols, Renaissance motets, and sing-alongs, adds a dash of doo-wop and barbershop, and wraps it all in Chor Leoni’s glorious sound.
Where: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church – 1022 Nelson Street, Vancouevr
When: Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19; various times
What: Ballet BC’s annual production of The Nutcracker, this time starring the Alberta Ballet, is a city-wide favourite and consistently ranks as one of the most quintessential Christmas traditions. Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music accompanies the classic story of Clara, live toy soldiers, dancing mice and more.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
When: Tuesday, December 29 to 31; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
DH Vancouver Staff
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