10 Vancouver arts shows to check out in December

Nov 28 2019, 11:00 am

Enjoy Vancouver’s arts and culture scene with our list of 10 great arts shows happening in December! Check out Holiday at the Elbow Room Cafe, Mixed Nuts, and more.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

What: When disaster strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, the friends find unique and comedic solutions to keep things going. The duo are three-time IMPRESARIO Award winners (London) and have been named Best of Fest (Orlando, Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa), Most Outstanding Show (London), Best Comedy (Victoria), Patrons’ Pick (London), and more.

When: December 5 until December 7, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Thursday and Friday), 2 pm (Saturday)
WhereVancouver Playhouse — 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Where the Wild Things Are

What: Presentation House Theatre’s signature production of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. The show is a highly interactive, guided play experience, with guests helping Max turn his bedroom into the many sceneries of his adventures.

When: November 29 to December 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Presentation House Theatre — 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth

What: Literary Larceny Collective presents The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth, with comedians, theatre performers and improvisers performing a comedic take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Directed by Bernard Cuffling and Gary Jones.

When: December 4 to December 8, December 11 to December 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Wednesday to Saturdays) 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Jericho Arts Centre — 1675 Discovery St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Holiday at the Elbow Room Café

Zee Zee Theatre / The Cultch

What: Zee Zee Theatre presents Holiday at the Elbow Room Cafe, inspired by and in tribute to the iconic cafe. The show features a mix of holiday classics and songs from Elbow Room Café: The Musical by Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky. Written by Deveau and directed by Cameron Mackenzie, husbands and lifelong friends of Elbow Room Café owners Patrice Savoie and Bryan Searle.

When: December 10 until December 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre — 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Fighting Chance Productions presents the Canadian premiere of the pop/rock musical Girlfriend, based on the titular album by Matthew Sweet. Social outcast Will and popular football player Mik eexplore their relationship and discover that there is more to life than what high school taught them.

When: December 10 until December 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Nest – 1398 Carwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

What: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Catch the musical at Gateway Theatre in December and sing along to the biblical story of Joseph, Jacob, and the coat of many colours.

When: Various dates from December 12 until December 31, 2019
Time: Various times

Where: Gateway Theatre — 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Mixed Nuts 

What: Arts Umbrella Dance Company presents Mixed Nuts, a modern retelling of The Nutcracker that incorporates a variety of dance styles including hip-hop, ballroom, to grand pas-de-deux. 

When: December 13 to December 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm (December 13 and 14), 2 pm (December 14 and 15)

Where: Vancouver Playhouse — 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Sound of Music

What: Arts Club Theatre brings the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to life at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Enjoy classics like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and more with the family.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage — 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ellie King’s Snow White

What: Enjoy the tale of Snow White told in classic British Pantomime at Surrey Arts Centre. The interactive show is fun for the whole family, and written by Ellie King with music by Geoff King. Guests can also get autographs from the cast after the show.

When: December 20 to 22, December 26 to 29, 2019
Time: Various times

Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre — 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Christmas Reprise XVII

What: The Vancouver Cantata Singers perform two Christmas Reprise XVII concerts on December 21. This year the program features a mix of traditional Christmas carols and modern holiday compositions for the unaccompanied choir.

Where: December 21, 2019
Time: 2 pm (Vancouver) and 7:30 pm (New West)
Where: Holy Rosary Cathedral 646 Richard’s St., Vancouver (2 pm), Queen’s Avenue Church 529 Queen’s Ave. New Westminster (7:30 pm)
Tickets: Online

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