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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Performances

The Christmas Season is definitely upon us! There is always so much going on this time of year, but don’t let the amount of holiday events overwhelm you! The seasonal concerts and plays are so varied and creative this year, you could go see them all and never have a similar experience! We’ve compiled a list of some familiar, classic holiday favourites that continue to delight and inspire audiences, as well as original productions that present a unique view of the holiday season. Spread out over the month of December, tickets are still available for all of these performances. Whether for a family outing, date night, night out with friends, office excursion, or even just a few hours to enjoy some Christmas cheer for yourself, be sure to try at least a couple of these shows — you’ll be glad you did!

Celebrate the Season
When: December 6 – 31
Where: Alberta Legislature Building (10820-98 Ave.)
Admission: Free
About: Every noon hour and evening, get in the holiday spirit with spirited choir performances and free hot chocolate in the rotunda. At night, enjoy the dazzling light display around the Legislature. There are four choir performances daily; for a complete list of performance times and groups, click here to view the program.

Handel’s Messiah presented by Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

When: December 7 – 8, 7:30 pm
Where: Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Admission: $20 – $75; tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 780-428-1414 or online at www.winspearcentre.com.
About: The annual performance of the elegant music and vocals of Handel’s Messiah is always simply inspiring.

Singing Christmas Tree, Dec 7 – 9

Singing Christmas Tree
When: December 7 – 9, Fri 8 pm; Sat – Sun 3 pm & 8 pm
Where: Northern Jubilee Auditorium (11455-87 Ave.)
Admission: $20 – $60; tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
About: A local Christmas tradition for 43 years, this elaborate production provides fun and holiday wonder for the whole family! A 35-foot Christmas tree comprised of 150 singers, thousands of dazzling lights, and a live orchestra set the tone for a whimsical holiday season.

Wintersong
When: December 8, 2 pm & 7 pm
Where: McDougall United Church (10025-101 St.)
Admission: $15 – $20; tickets are available at the door, or in advance by calling 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.com.
About: Five ensembles from the Kokopelli Choir — comprised of 200 singers ages 5 through 24 — will get you in the spirit of the season with their spirited renditions of a medley of familiar Christmas carols.

Huron Carol
When: December 10, 8 pm
Where: Northern Jubilee Auditorium (11455-87 Ave.)
Admission: $40 – $60 (all proceeds go to the Edmonton Food Bank); tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.
About: In order to bring awareness and support the local food bank programs, Canadian actor and singer Tom Jackson presents this concert series, named after the Canada’s first carol that interpreted the story of Christmas in the Huron language. Renowned Canadian musicians Sarah Slean, Matt Dusk, and Susan Aglukark are featured in this beautiful music compilation.

With Bells On
When: December 13 – 23
Where: The Roxy Theatre (10708-124 St.)
Admission: $16 – $21; tickets available at the door or in advance; call 780-453-2440 or buy online.
About: This original holiday play, written by local playwright Darren Hagen, details the story of an unlikely partnership between a mild-mannered accountant and a 7-foot Glamazon named “She”. When they become trapped in an elevator, they must work together to escape so that “She” can win the coveted crown at the Christmas Queen Pageant.

The Nutcracker
When: December 14 – 16
Where: Jubilee Auditorium (11455-87 Ave.)
Admission: $20 – $106; Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance; call 780-428-6839 or visit www.albertaballet.com.
About: Experience epic battles between mice, gallant toy soldiers, an exotic Russian princess, and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy in the Alberta Ballet’s presentation of Tchaikovsky’s festive classic.

Deep Winter Song VI: A Mystical Evening of Music and Story
When: December 16, 7:30 pm
Where: Southminster-Steinhauer United Church (10740-19 Ave.)
Admission: $10 – $25; tickets are available at the door or in advance at Earth’s General Store (9605-82 Ave) or online.
About: Sip on some Wassail and Mulled cider, nibble on delicious tapas, and enjoy an acoustic musical presentation that celebrates the mysterious season of winter and the magic of Christmas. The program includes both traditional and modern songs of the season along with storytelling, poetry, and vocal performances.

The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant
When: December 20 – 23, 7:30 pm
Where: Varscona Theatre (10329-83 Ave.)
Admission: $20; tickets are available at the door, or in advance by calling 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.com.
About: This funny and heartwarming play is an original story about discovering the true meaning of Christmas: Mrs. O’Brien thinks producing the school’s annual Christmas pageant will be an easy task, but she wasn’t expecting the Herdmans — also known as “the worst kids in the world” — to show up for the auditions! What has the potential to be the worst pageant ever, turns out to be the best one as everyone learns a thing or two about true Christmas spirit.

A Celtic Christmas with the McDades
When: December 21 – 23; Fri – Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm
Where: Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Admission $20 – $89; tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 780-428-1414 or online at www.winspearcentre.com.
About: This renowned Edmonton family of singers and instrumentalists join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for a performance of classic holiday tunes with a Celtic twist.

Unsilent Night
When: December 22, 5 pm
Where: Wilbert McIntyre Park (8303-104 St.)
Admission: Free
About: Join carollers and stroll through the streets of Old Strathcona to view decorations on Old Strathcona streets, including the festive window displays in some shops along Whyte Avenue.

The Christmas Carol Project, Dec 28 – 29

A Christmas Carol Project
When: December 28 – 29, 8 pm
Where: TransAlta Arts Barn (10330-84 Ave.)
Admission: $30 – $40
About: Local musicians perform a contemporary interpretation of Dickens’ classic holiday tale with original music and lyrics in this witty, engaging production.

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