From uplifting performs to glowing pantos and from sensible concert events to velvet-voiced choirs, reside reveals are the easiest way to faucet into the spirit of the festive season. This yr, the levels of Vancouver and past are internet hosting a full playbill of wonderful choices––and now’s the time to ebook your tickets.
However what are these choices? Whereas researching my 2022 Vancouver Christmas Information website––now in its sixth yr––I found an enormous number of native reveals to think about. Learn on for a few of our favourites, and maintain your eye on the Exhibits part of our website for extra––plus a lot of possibilities to win free tickets.
A standard festive leisure, pantomimes are a great cause to round-up the household for a holly, jolly nice time. Children of all ages will love Sleeping Magnificence Wakes Up! at Marpole’s charming Metro Theatre. There’s additionally The Snow Queen: A Frozen Journey, introduced by the Royal Canadian Theatre Firm and operating at Surrey Arts Centre and New Westminster’s Massey Theatre.
And don’t miss the 10-year-anniversary of the Cultch’s beloved East Van Panto. On stage at their York Theatre venue on Business Drive, this yr’s present is The Little Mermaid. As soon as once more it’s a whip-smart fusion of songs, kid-friendly giggles and satirical stomach laughs for adults.
Treats for youths
Additionally take into account taking the household to Richmond’s Gateway Theatre for Anne of Inexperienced Gables: The Musical, a joyous retelling of the traditional story. Or ebook for the December 18 Orpheum Theatre screening of cherished British animation The Snowman, full with reside Vancouver Symphony Orchestra accompaniment.
Music followers of all ages will love the 4 Seasons and Nutcracker Suite efficiency by the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. It’s additionally on the Orpheum––and with tickets from $10 to $15, it’s a great-value possibility. And for youthful children, North Vancouver’s Presentation Home Theatre is staging The place the Wild Issues Are––particularly for the three-to-six-year age group.
Performs and extra
Vacation reveals aren’t only for youngsters, after all. The Arts Membership Theatre Firm is pulling out all of the stops at its three Vancouver venues this yr. Contemplate their glowing The Sound of Music; immersive Me Love Bingo!: Greatest in Snow; and Mother’s the Phrase: Talkin’ Turkey, an hilarious but poignant delight that’s stuffed to bursting with extremely relatable Yuletide yarns.
Preserve the laughs coming at Granville Island’s Improv Centre the place Blissful (Hectic) Holidays sees a staff of sensible comedian performers improvise a present themed round internet hosting buddies, household and extra for Christmas––with the motion formed by recommendations from the viewers.
And if you wish to see a pair of top-notch comedians (and an opera singer) try to stage a model of The Messiah, head to the hidden gem Pacific Theatre within the South Granville space. This anarchically humorous but soul-stirring present was a success on London levels and is an effective way to launch your vacation festivities.
Yuletide leisure wouldn’t be full with out A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker, after all. Scrooge followers have two choices: the Firehall Arts Centre’s spirited one-person present echoes the way in which Dickens himself carried out the story. Whereas the WONDERHEADS model is a beguiling full-mask manufacturing with glowing ghosts and a 10-foot-tall puppet.
And should you can’t get by way of the vacations with no Sugar Plum Fairy or two, ebook forward for Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Ballet BC can be internet hosting the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s interpretation on the identical venue, whereas Ballet Victoria’s model will likely be taking part in on levels across the area.
Dance it up
Pointe followers of all ages also needs to take into account Dance Into Christmas on the Massey Theatre. It’s the twenty third annual festive present of the Richmond Academy of Dance and the college’s college students––joined by visitor artistes from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens––will carry out Nutcracker excerpts and extra.
And make sure you additionally ebook forward for A Winter’s Twist, a magical, family-friendly vacation occurring on stage in North Vancouver. Carried out by Lamondance, it’s an brisk, festive-flavoured model of Romeo and Juliet––and a spellbinding present so as to add to your Christmas leisure choices.
Appears like Christmas
Music fan? Early Music Vancouver’s hovering, luxurious Festive Cantatas is the proper option to ease into the spirit of the season. Whereas Winter Harp’s costumed performers will likely be taking part in conventional songs and carols on levels across the area. Music on Essential can be bringing again its beautiful Music for the Winter Solstice on the metropolis’s Heritage Corridor.
And don’t miss Christmas with Chor Leoni. The male voice choir’s reveals––within the stunning St. Andrew’s Wesley-United Church––provide pleasant renditions and distinctive preparations of traditional songs and carols. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s annual A Conventional Christmas live performance can be again this yr––on the Orpheum Theatre in addition to levels in Surrey and North Vancouver.
Rather more music
There are a number of extra toe-tapping choices to think about. There’s a one-night-only Tom Jackson present on the Massey Theatre, with the celebrated actor and musician performing unique music, acquainted festive songs and extra. And over on the Pacific Theatre, Christmas Presence is an annual, cabaret-style custom stuffed with music, poems and tales.
However the brand new PNE Winter Honest is providing arguably the most popular roster of reside music this yr. The ten-day occasion has a unique act on stage each evening, starting from Dionne Warwick to Tom Cochrane and from Jann Arden to Holly Cole. Why not make this a Christmas pressie to your self––however ebook forward earlier than it’s too late!
For extra data on the festive reveals, occasions and points of interest within the metropolis and past, go to the Vancouver Christmas Information. Written by Lonely Planet journey author John Lee, it’s one of the best on-line information to the world’s 2022 vacation happenings. The location was co-created with Christmas Cat Max, who pens its present critiques and sometimes seems on its @MyVanChristmas Twitter feed.