Once Upon a Christmas
Weekends, Nov 23 – Dec 22
Christmas past is alive and well and perfectly enchanting at Heritage Park Historical Village. Go for a wagon ride, take in live historical theatre, sing holiday carols and pay a visit to jolly old Saint Nick. Three of the park’s historic homes open their doors to share the Yuletide traditions of Alberta’s pioneers. Admission, $8 adult, $6 child (does not include access to Gasoline Alley. Combined admission price for Once Upon a Christmas and Gasoline alley, $11 adult, $9 child, $5.75 senior).
A Christmas Carol
Until Dec 24
Charles Dickens’s beloved story of greed, redemption and the spirit of generosity is told in Theatre Calgary’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. The second year for director Dennis Garnhum’s revamped production marks the 20th year Stephen Hair, Calgary’s favourite Ebenezer Scrooge, has played the role of the miserly Christmas curmudgeon. Tickets $35 – $155.50.
Stuart McLean: Vinyl Café Christmas
Dec 5 – 6
CBC Radio’s Stuart McLean brings the live Christmas edition of his much-loved variety show to stages across Canada. Vinyl Café Christmas would not be complete without a yuletide visit from McLean’s fictional record-store owners Dave and Morley whose motto is “We may not be big, but we’re small.”
Tickets, $42.50 – $52.50.
Dec 5 – 21
The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is presented in Chrismoose Carol, a wacky, irreverent interpretation by the famed improvisational Loose Moose Theatre troupe. Will it be Old West-style or a sci-fi epic? The particulars of the performance are kept secret until opening night, but it’s always a guaranteed laugh riot. Tickets, $15 adult, $12 student.
It’s A Wonderful Life
Dec 6 – 21
Morpheus Theatre’s adaptation of the classic 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life tells the heart-warming story of George Bailey, a small-town businessman considering suicide on a snowy bridge at Christmastime. Before he can act, his befuddled guardian angel appears to give him a glimpse of what the town would be like had he never existed. Tickets, $20 adult, $15 senior and student.
Christmas with Chantal Kreviazuk
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents Juno Award-wining singer, songwriter and classical pianist Chantal Kreviazuk in a one-night-only Christmas concert. Accompanied by the orchestra, Kreviazuk will perform songs from her regular repertoire as well as Christmas favourites. Tickets $35 – $75.
The Snowman Film and The Orchestra
This classic animated children’s film tells the story of a boy who builds a snowman and wakes at midnight to find his creation has magically come to life. The orchestra performs the score including the popular song, “Walking In The Air” live with the film. Tickets $30 – $35.
Dec 19 – 24
The holiday classic The Nutcracker is brought to life in this lavish, multi-million-dollar Alberta Ballet production. The annual dust-up between the soldierly title character and the rascally Mouse King also includes a family-friendly Sugar Plum Party one hour prior to each performance. Tickets $29 – $116.
Until Jan 1
Every year, the zoo is festooned with more than 1.5 million twinkling lights, cascading from trees and forming holiday scenes. Bundle up and wander the pathways, making pit stops for bonfires and hot chocolate. Children can chat with Santa on the gigantic SantaVision screen or enjoy games and activities in the Candy Land Kids Zone. Admission, $12 adult, $9 child.